This Dish Will ‘Bowl’ You Over!

This is one of my favorite dishes of all time–I can’t help but make this EVERY week, it’s that good. It’s a combination of some of my favorite foods: rice, salmon, and spinach. Throw in an insanely delicious sauce, and I’m practically drooling.

This Asian Salmon Bowl with Lime Drizzle has got me hooked. 

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The beauty of this dish is that it’s incredibly delicious and incredibly simple. You’ll need: 1 cup jasmine rice; 2 tsp. unsalted butter; 1 large garlic clove, finely chopped; ¼ tsp. red pepper flakes; 3 tbsp. pure maple syrup; 3 tbsp. fresh lime juice; 3 tbsp. reduced sodium soy sauce; 1 tsp. cornstarch; 4 (4 oz.) pieces of salmon; 1 tsp. canola oil; 2 packages of baby spinach (5 oz. each) and 2 tsp. black sesame seeds.

Heat the oven to 400. Cook the rice as directed. In the meantime, melt the butter over medium heat and sauté the garlic and red pepper flakes for about a minute. Then add the maple syrup and soy sauce, and cook until it starts to bubble, about three minutes. Next, in a small bowl, combine the cornstarch plus 1 tsp. of water, add that to the garlic glaze and cook for about a minute. Then arrange the filets on a foil-lined baking sheet; spread some of the glaze (but not all) on to the fish and roast for about 12 minutes—depending on your oven it might not take as long! Finally, sauté the spinach and cook until wilted–once that’s done, plate, and serve! Voila, an extraordinary dinner that’s quick and easy, and not to mention healthy (BONUS!). I guarantee you’ll be drooling, too.

Let me know what you think, but until next time, keep eating!

Love for Lox

If I could live off one thing for the rest of my life it would be smoked salmon (aside from Jamaican barbeque and tzatziki of course). I know it’s an acquired taste for many, but man I could eat it for days—and that’s what I did.  Over the past week and a half, I had smoked salmon for either breakfast or lunch (and sometimes both).

It pairs so incredibly well with cream cheese (I tried it with an herb cream cheese, which may just beat plain old cream cheese), fresh tomatoes, red onion slices, capers, and a soft, doughy, plain bagel. As if this couldn’t get any better, you must top it off with some fresh lemon juice—seriously you won’t want to eat anything else.

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While I haven’t truly explored to find the best smoked salmon in Boston, I must say that Espresso Royale Café on Commonwealth Avenue, part of Boston University’s campus, does make a mean smoked salmon bagel–the Santa Monica. If consuming that much raw fish wasn’t bad for you, I would eat it all day, every day, breakfast, lunch and even dinner. Some would say that’s excessive, but I beg to differ. The thing that I like about that sandwich is that they add an avocado spread, which makes the rest of the flavors of the sandwich pop (particularly the smoked salmon).  Discovering the Santa Monica has made my college experience that much better (but can’t say the same for my wallet).

The funny thing is, is that while I absolutely love smoked salmon, I don’t ever buy it when grocery shopping. How strange. They do say there is a first for everything, so maybe I should start now? If you haven’t already experienced the wonderfulness of smoked salmon, I strongly recommend you do (especially with a bagel)—I now can’t imagine my life without it. But until next time, keep eating!