What’s For Dinner Wednesday: Grilled Salmon

Inspired by my recent trip to the Pacific Northwest in Washington State, I picked up a beautiful salmon fillet for dinner last night. Personally, I like to BBQ my salmon, but with the uncooperative weather I grilled it on the stove top and paired it with Trader Joes 3 Minute Organic Brown Rice and fresh greens with homemade Dijon vinaigrette dressing… yum!

Here are my tips for grilling salmon on the stove top:

  • Cut fillet so pieces fit on spatula to make flipping easy
  • Season with garlic powder, ginger powder, salt, and pepper
  • Drizzle with olive oil and let marinade for 15 minutes
  • On medium-high heat, grill fish meat-side down for approximately 5-7 minutes
  • Flip and grill skin-side down for the same amount of time
  • At this point I like to drizzle a little teriyaki sauce over my salmon. I turn it so the meat-side is up, drizzle, and flip it meat-side down to cook the sauce while the pan is still hot. Eventually lower heat to low/simmer until salmon is flaky and done!

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Post Baby Style!

I gained a lot of weight with my first daughter, I was put on bed rest for the last two and a half months and lost all will power and boredom took over and I ate. Now, for some reason I thought it would be different than “regular” weight and when the baby come out that the weight would just magically “fall off”.  Did anyone just snort with laughter as they read that? You know where I am going with this – right? So, to my surprise, after she was born – I still had a HUGE stomach and it took a few months for it to eventually come down.  (I also had some other issues with my uterus prolapsing but that is another post).  So, for many months I lived in my maternity tops and stretch pants. Finally, I got sick of looking at myself in stretch pants, I thought about different ways I could complement my new and “working on improving” body.

These are the “must have” staples that I found for my closet:

1). Jeans – yes, I bought 3 sizes up but they didn’t have an elastic waist band…this was huge (pun probably intended)!
2). Hobo and flowing tops – they are/were fortunately in style and there are so many colors/designs, even if hobo isn’t your style you can make it work.
3). Shift dresses – the key is finding one that the neckline is low enough and just wear a cami/undershirt underneath for easier nursing access.
4). Mostly dark colors/black – this is my style by nature to wear mostly black but it definitely helps conceal.

The most important thing to remember is that you have just gone through the best and possibility hardest thing you will ever do. What you wear doesn’t really matter. But if you are like me, when you feel good/you look good and you feel good when you look good! Happy shopping!

Oh, one more thing – clothing swaps are great for this “inbetween” stage too. Plan one with your girlfriends and have them invite one person…make it into a party, you will be surprised how many clothes you can pull together!

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Mama Monday – When did my little girl turn into a princess and when do I get her back?

Are there any other mamas out there that have this feeling? I swear somewhere in the last three months a princess has taken over my almost three year old! I have tried to keep a balance of “girl” toys and “boy” toys and exposed her to all things, not just girly things. For sure, she is more of a girlie girl than a tomboy but all this pretty pink princess business is getting to be a bit much! It’s her third birthday on Friday and I asked her what cake and decorations she wanted. Yes, you guessed it. She told me that she wanted a pink princess cake. I shudder a bit inside and wonder if I am a terrible mom if I do or don’t do it.

I just found out recently that when I was about three years old, my mom received a pink outfit from an aunt and she SENT IT BACK! I can’t and can absolutely believe that she did that, it was the 70’s and she was fighting against the mainstream of society. So, maybe it is something that was taught to me. Why do I fear for my daughter and her love of pink?

Have you read Peggy Orenstein’s book yet? The author that wrote, “Cinderella ate my daughter”. I have been meaning to pick it up to hopefully shed some light on the pretty pink princess take over. Maybe she will have some suggestions on how to respond appropriately. I will follow up with another posting once I do read it.

One of the hardest things that I was absolutely not warned about before becoming a mother is the loads of guilt that you feel for EVERYTHING! I am working on feeling less guilty about it all and recognizing that I do the best I can, most of the time and the girls will eventually “forgive me”, right?

I am going to check out Peggy’s book and in the meantime, her birthday is on Friday. I won’t do the pretty pink decorations but I will lovingly make her a pretty pink princess cake, because for now, she is my princess.

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What’s For Dinner Wednesday

With half marathon training in full swing, one of my favorite go-to lunches has quickly carried over into dinner. With daily workouts immediately following my full workday, I don’t have the time to prepare an elaborate meal once I get home and shower. Nor does my hunger grant me the patience… I’m usually too ravenous to wait for anything that takes over 10 minutes. Does this race to make a home cooked, hearty, and nutritious meal in minutes sound familiar?

My favorite meal of the moment consists of a large salad (I like baby field greens mixed with arugula which adds a spicy, nutty flavor) topped with good stuff like fruit (I switch off between slices of apple, mango, and pear), pre-shredded carrots, edamame, and onion drizzled with olive oil and vinegar. Sides include cottage cheese and either a sweet potato or these great little pizzas topped with spinach that I discovered from Trader Joes. They are delicious, 140 calories each, and since they are precooked they take approximately 5 minutes in the (toaster) oven.

Although sweet potatoes take approximately 45 minutes to bake, prepare them ahead of time for dinner and they take but a minute to reheat in the microwave. Or, if you’re home you can use my lunchtime method: I pop mine into the toaster oven at work approximately 45 minutes before I plan to take my lunch.

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  • Rinse desired number of sweet potatoes under water. Pat dry.
  • Take a fork and poke random holes all over the potatoes
  • Set on tin foil in oven and bake for approximately 45 minutes. Bake time will vary by size

These are so easy to prepare, high in nutrients, and naturally flavorful (I don’t even add butter!) that they have become a staple in my diet. I am, however, considering experimenting with home baked sweet potato fries. Do you have a home baked sweet potato recipe I should try?

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