Pan-seared salmon with a dry rub and steamed green beans
Chris Renschler, associate professor of geography, was appointed to NYS Respond, a commission New York Governor Andrew Cuomo created in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Courtesy of University at Buffalo
I have always been a fan of food and cooking. In my free time, I'm at home testing and tweaking recipes - creating dishes that appeal to my taste.
However, during winter recess, I enjoyed cooking holiday favorites a little too much, as is the case with many people. I developed some unhealthy eating habits. My mom makes the best clove meatball cookies. When they are lying around the house, I tend to eat them in passing. Headed to the kitchen? I think I'll have another cookie.
I saw two healthy recipes on wegmans.com and decided to combine and mesh them to my liking. It's an affordable meal and takes around 40 minutes to cook - perfect for the novice chef.
Pan-seared salmon with dry rub and steamed green beans:
1. One piece of salmon is preferable, considering this is the time of the year people are trying to cut down after holiday hibernation. But feel free to cook two if you would like.
2. Take about 1-2 tbsp of Old Bay seafood seasoning and coat both sides of the salmon. There are enough flavors in that small amount so it's not over powering.
3. Turn two of your stovetop burners to a medium-high setting and add 1tbsp of olive oil and 1 tbsp of basting oil to each pan.
4. While you are waiting for the pans to heat up, grab a mixing bowl and add as many green beans as you want. I usually do 1/2 cup to 1 cup of green beans.
5. Lightly coat your green beans with salt and pepper.
6. By this time, your pans should be heated and ready to go. Place your green beans in one pan and your salmon in another.
7. Let the salmon cook in the pan until the internal temperature reaches 140 degrees. (Just make sure when you are checking the internal temperature, you are placing your thermometer in to the thickest part of the fish. If you don't own a thermometer, cook until it flakes when you stick a fork in it.) For the green beans, cook them about 3-5 minutes or until tender.
8. Place on a plate and let it sit for two minutes.
Pan-seared salmon: 506 calories, 34.72 g total fat, 51 mg cholesterol, 52 mg sodium, 0 carbohydrates, 0 dietary fiber, 0 sugar, 24.82 g protein.
Green beans: 180 calories, 10 g carbohydrates, (4 g fiber), 4 g protein, 14 g fat, (2 g saturated fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 630 mg sodium.
This should help get you on the right track of eating healthier. I know it has helped me a little bit. Plus, I've learned by cooking more and more what my personal preferences are when combining recipes to make entrÃ©es that I like. More importantly, I know that it is difficult to eat healthy, but the more you cook, the more you become proud of the dishes you make.
Plus you know exactly what is going into your food, making it easier to count your calories.
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