food: salmon in parchment

it seems to me like this whole paleo/giving up wheat thing is pretty popular among some of my friends right now… and as i mentioned in an earlier post, i’m intrigued.  my friend jen posted about it the other day – and i’ve been trying to do some more reading about it when i have time (when that is, i’m not exactly sure)

in any event, i’ve been making an active effort to avoid wheat in my meals.  this is HARD.  especially when you’re not planning ahead.  like most things, i guess… planning is the key.
yesterday i found myself at work with no food… okay, so breakfast is easy, i have oatmeal, but lunch?  the only thing really accessible is sandwiches or frozen meals.  eek.  i ended up going with a salad from safeway and a box of rice crackers, which was fine, but obviously i need to get some better ideas than just salad or i’ll go crazy.

at home, where i have options and can make things from scratch, it gets easier.  and my husband is on board (kinda) so when he makes meals, he’s trying his best too.  he doesn’t really have the same struggles with wheat that i do, so he doesn’t fully wrap his brain around the importance of it… he’s more just trying to be a good husband and be supportive (awww, right?  what a guy)

on tuesday i came home to this fabulous meal waiting for me:


that makes me hungry just looking at this photo.

the salmon was cooked with slices of orange, a sprig of fresh rosemary & a little hot sauce from our collection and wrapped up in parchment to steam.  takes about 12 minutes in the oven – no dish washing required, dead easy.

the vegetable mixture is butternut squash, asparagus & tomatoes.  it’s been pan roasted with a little butter, white wine to deglaze the pan and fresh sage.  he also roasted & seasoned the squash seeds and tossed them in at the end.

and let me tell you, i in no way felt like i was “missing” anything when i ate it.  it was fresh, healthy & simple clean food.  which makes natalie a happy girl.

i had forgotten all about the fun of cooking in parchment.
obviously, it’s ideal for seafood, but vegetables, chicken… anything like that works well in parchment too.  and i love these zero to low cleanup dishes, especially on a weekday.
not to mention that you can cook whatever without added butter or oil if you desire… although, i must say that if you put butter mixed with herbs & anchovy in with say, a piece of sole, it comes out to be pretty magical.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. morningaftershow
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 16:21:01

    yeah wheat free is the new in… sorry, I LOVE sandwiches.

    can’t it be like, less wheat?

    but yeah, with all things, man… you gotta plan ahead or fail!


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