Asian Marinated Salmon with “Fried” Rice

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I admit I love some greasy Chinese food delivery, especially while watching Sunday night television. And, there’s nothing like it in NYC. I always joke that I don’t even have time to go to the bathroom in the span of time between placing my order and the deliveryman knocking on my door. Plus, I’m ordering from the same places my uncle was ordering from 25 years ago. There is no denying that Chinese food delivery is easy, comforting and cheap but the truth is one meal is usually filled with enough sodium, fat and calories for the next three days. Not to mention the use of MSG and the portions being enough to feed an army. Below is my recipe for an Asian inspired meal. I can’t promise you cute little fortune cookies at the end of your meal but what I can promise you is an easy, nutritious and delicious meal with all the flavor to satisfy your Chinese food craving.

Salmon is an amazing source of protein and is filled with vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids. If possible, buy Wild Caught Alaskan Salmon because it ranks lowest in contaminants and highest in nutrients.

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*Recipe Serves 2

Ingredients:

For the Salmon

2 Filets of Salmon

1/4th Cup Tamari (gluten free soy sauce)

1-Tablespoon Honey

1-Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar

1-Tablespoon Dijon Mustard

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

Half a Fresh Lime (plus more for garnish)

1 Large Clove of Garlic- chopped

Freshly Ground Black Pepper

For the Rice

1 & 1/4th Cup Cooked Short Grain Brown Rice

½ Cup Chopped Onions

1 Cup Spinach

4 Slim Asparagus Spears

½ Cup Chopped Mushrooms

1 Teaspoon Chopped Garlic

Dash of Red Pepper

Sea Salt

Freshly Ground Pepper

Directions:

For the Salmon

In a large sealable plastic bag add the Tamari, honey, vinegar, Dijon mustard, olive oil, lime and chopped garlic. Seal the bag and shake until everything is fully incorporated. Place the salmon in the bag. Place in the refrigerator and let marinate for as long as you can. (Anywhere from an hour to overnight)

When ready to cook, preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Remove salmon from marinade and place the salmon on a greased baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and serve with a drizzle of fresh lime.

For the Rice

In a large skillet or wok caramelize the onions. Add the spinach, asparagus, mushrooms & garlic and sauté until cooked. Season vegetables with red pepper, sea salt & freshly ground pepper. Add the brown rice to the pan and mix until everything is well incorporated. Serve warm and enjoy!

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