Grilled Salmon Tips Salad + Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations to Vera Khule, the winner of the Paderno Veggie Spiralizer!  Also, a big thanks to everyone who entered!

This week I had salmon for dinner twice, surprise surprise.  However, I decided to get a little fancy shmancy and added thinly sliced pears (the fanciest fruit) and goat cheese (the fanciest cheese) to a regular old salad.  Since the best part of salmon is the crispy bits, I decided to cut my salmon into 1-2 inch cubes for extra goodness.  I used Trader Joe's Olive Oil and Lemon Juice to whip up a fast yet delicate dressing for the top.  Behold, a salad with a face lift.

P.S. Fall is just around the corner!  What would you like to see this season on Lemon Pantry?

Grilled Salmon Tips Salad
Recipe by Ali Caron, RD
Serves 2

2 5-oz portions of salmon, cut into 1-2 inch cubes
3 cups salad greens
1 pear, sliced thinly
2 tablespoon walnuts
2 tablespoon dried cranberries
2 oz goat cheese, crumbled

Spicy Lemon Dressing:
2 tablespoons Trader Joe's Olive Oil with Lemon Juice
1/4 teaspoon Dill
1/8 teaspoon Chili Powder
Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions: Lightly spray grill pan with non-stick olive oil spray.  Cook salmon for about 2 minutes on each side until all sides are golden brown.
Meanwhile, prep salad greens (1 1/2 cups on each plate) and arrange 1/2 sliced pears on top of each.  Sprinkle on cranberries and walnuts. 
Top salads with cooked salmon and crumbled goat cheese.  Drizzle each with 1 tablespoon of dressing.

Nutrition Facts: 551 Calories, 38g Fat, 19g Carbohydrate, 40g Protein, 4.5g Fiber, 186mg Sodium, 699mg Potassium


Zoodles (Zucchini Noodles) and Paderno Spiralizer Giveaway!

I hope everyone is having a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend!  Today is "Giveaway Day" on Lemon Pantry!  Complete the instructions below to win a Paderno 4-Blade Spiralizer (a $49.95 value!).

All summer I have been making "zoodles", or zucchini noodles with small, tender zucchinis.  I sauté up chopped onions and tomatoes, toss in the spiralized zucchini for a minute or two and top with tomato sauce or homemade pesto and parmesan cheese.  The result is a meal reminiscent of comfort food but with the benefit of loads of veggies packed in.  It's also super fast and easy to prepare!  I will be really sad when winter hits (dare I say it) and fresh, local zucchinis are a lot harder to find.  But for now, lets embrace the warmer weather and carry on with out zoodles :)

What would you make with a spiralizer?

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The 1-Minute Breakfast: Perfect Poached Egg

Happy September!  Hope you all are enjoying the (slightly) cooler air and embracing Fall like I am, although it is still feeling like Summer here in Maine.  Don't worry I'm pulling out the seasonal candles and decorative pumpkins as we speak!  ALSO, Lemon Pantry will be having a giveaway on Labor Day so be sure to head back here on Monday for details!

Growing up I have always been a HUGE fan of poached eggs but as an adult if you don't have the patience (or the special poached egg pan), they can be a little challenging and time consuming.  Historically, I've been a skeptic of microwaved eggs but this version gives you not only a fast, convenient breakfast but a beautiful, delicate little egg that is not at all rubbery.

Poached eggs are also one of the healthiest ways to prepare eggs as they require no added fat.  The American Heart Association recommends eating one whole egg per day (or seven per week).  As many people know the yolk contains the cholesterol but it also contains loads of nutrients like calcium, iron, B-6, B-12, phosphorus, and zinc.  A good tip for "bulking up" your eggs is to include one whole egg plus one or two egg whites.  Also, pair with whole wheat toast and veggies for a satisfying meal or snack!

1-Minute Poached Egg
Recipe by Ali Caron
Serves 1

1-cup ramekin or mug
1/2 cup water
1 egg
Black pepper to taste

Directions: Add 1/2 cup water to ramekin. Gently crack in the egg and sprinkle with black pepper.  Cook in microwave for 1 minute. (For a slightly harder yolk cook 1 minute 10 seconds.)  Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts (1 egg):  63 Calories, 4.4g Fat, 0.3g Carbohydrate, 5.5g Protein, 62mg Sodium, 59g Potassium