Thursday, September 17, 2015

Don't Miss Wild King Salmon 3 Day Sale at Whole Foods Market 9/18-20!


September 18-20th is Whole Foods Market's three day sale on Wild King Salmon Filet! The salmon is domestically caught from the Pacific ranging from California to Alaska. Although I love grilled salmon on thinly sliced lemon, straight on the grill, sometimes it's fun to dress it up!

Roasted Salmon Stuffed With Spinach, Feta, and Ricotta:

Ingredients: 

  • 1 center-cut boneless, skinless salmon fillet 
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese 
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese 
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt , divided 
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 
  • 1 cup packed baby spinach , divided 
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil , plus more for baking sheet 
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill 
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano 
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper , divided

Method: 

Preheat the oven to 450°F. Butterfly salmon fillet through the center, without cutting all the way through, so that it lays open flat in one large piece like a book. Turn salmon over so skin side is facing up and place on a clean work surface. In a bowl, mash together feta and ricotta until well blended. 

Season salmon with 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper, then spread fillet with mustard. Arrange half of the spinach on top, leaving a 1-inch border around the edges. Evenly dot cheese mixture on top of spinach, then top with remaining spinach. Starting from one of the long sides, gently roll up salmon and tie snugly with cooking twine at 1-inch intervals. 

Gently transfer salmon to an oiled baking sheet. Brush top and sides of salmon with oil and season with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Scatter dill and oregano over top and sides. Roast until salmon is just cooked through, about 20 minutes. Let rest for 5 minutes, then carefully transfer to a serving platter, remove and discard the twine and serve.

Curious to learn more about the selection process for fish, here's some insight:

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Delightful and easy Roasted Red Pepper Salmon w/Spinach by Elana's Pantry (another recipe to add to my rotation, since I picked up a few pounds on sale).

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Disclaimer, I was compensated by Whole Foods Market as a WFM Ambassador for this post! Content including photos is purely at my discretion. 



Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Some Things Remain Constant

Tonight was Girl's Night. We enjoyed a fast casual dinner and the girls jumped at the opportunity for a random weekday trip to the mall in our former hometown. With a few giggles, they asked if they could cut through the sand play area as we were walking towards the entrance. I nod, smile, and give them the green light to go for it. I watched them from afar, flashing back to years ago when we spent countless playdate hours in the same exact spot. Baby wipes, hand sanitizer, toddler arguments and tears over the coveted dump truck, spilled snacks, huddling the masses under one umbrella, vividly recalling the one friend from playgroup who always tried to escape through the bars into the water installation. Now my oldest could earn money to care for the toddler happily collecting all the shovels to keep right next to his sandcastle in progress. Her women's size 9 Birkenstocks fill with sand, she stops to dump them out just like when she was a little girl, and I realized some things remain constant even through years of change.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Drink Or Don't Drink, We Can All Be Merry!

There's really no easy way to say this, but abstaining from alcohol makes people nervous. Just have a drink- what's your problem, I'm headed to the bar are you sure I can't get you one, aww come on not even ONE glass of wine, are you on a cleanse, are you pregnant ?!? The commentary is plentiful. I keep smiling and decline, as I watch the glasses around me empty fast, the classic nervous swirl of the ice hoping to find one more chug hiding somewhere at the bottom. My water glass reaches my lips and I can't stop thinking about an excuse to head home.

Depending on the persistence of the company I am keeping, I'll have a soda water with a splash of cran in order to make people feel more comfortable. The truth is, if I have one drink it's just to appease people. One drink doesn't do anything for me and while on rare occasion, I'll have 2 or 3 drinks, I've decided I just don't like the way it makes my body feel. Now don't get me wrong, there's an hour or so of a euphoric feeling, but the next day the slow moving, headache, dehydration, and I'll just be holding down the couch feeling, isn't worth that little sliver of euphoria the night before.

Side note, are we following how this makes absolutely no sense whatsoever?

First, there's no getting around the blanket assumption in which too many believe, in order to enjoy one's self we must be in pursuit of intoxication. Now, let me state, if you are a person which loves going out to party, I'm not judging. Having a drink or three, eases the load for many people who don't indulge everyday. It even eases the load for those who's vernacular is controlled by, it's 5 o'clock somewhere... Please, don't be confused, I'm not preaching about how one should treat their body, I'm simply trying to highlight how easy it is to alienate someone that chooses not to indulge (especially for my friends that have chosen to live a life free from alcohol dependency).

Let's start with a common ground, we are all there to enjoy each other's company, to laugh, to decompress, to catch up, and have a great time. Of course offer to buy a friend a drink, but don't persist if they decline. Have gratitude for your sober friends, they may be the one driving you home or helping you to the bathroom or remembering how to unlock the bicycle combo. Don't ever take someone passing up a drink personally (it's definitely not about you). Take a moment to reflect upon past behavior when out with friends, have you noticed others goading those not drinking or have you been the one hurtfully joking around? Step in and help change the conversation.

Small steps allowing us to be conscious of our behavior can only improve a night out on the town with friends! I raise a glass of ice water to toast that sentiment! Cheers!