Simple Smoky Salmon

Hello all! I’ve been away from the blog for a week or so. The Hubz and I went to Visalia, California for some house hunting, some sightseeing in Sequoia National Park (I saw the biggest tree in the world!!), and generally just a nice weekend away. Since then, I’ve been busy wrangling with some bills and cheering on Little Miss as she gets more and more confident with walking and learns new words every day.

 

But here is a delicious and VERY SIMPLE recipe!

I wanted to cook up some delicious salmon a couple days ago, and with the little one I didn’t want to mess with all the fire at the grill (as fun as that might be). Soooo I found a new way to impart a delicious smoky flavor to my fish. (I suppose this would work with any tasty little fish your heart desires.)

Simple Smoky Salmon

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(You only get to see the end of the salmon because my husband nommed a bunch of it before I could take a picture.)

 

Ingredients

Salmon fillet (or other fish), 1-1.5 pounds
1 tsp Liquid Smoke
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper (or to taste)

 

Directions

1) Cover a broiler pan with aluminum foil for super-easy cleanup. (Just in case you don’t know what a broiler pan is, check the drawer under your oven and there’s probably one there. It looks like a cross between a cookie sheet and a giant cheese grater.)

2) Place your salmon, skin side down, on the covered broiler pan.

3) Combine Liquid Smoke, olive oil, and pepper in a small bowl. Mix well.

4) Pour it gracefully over the fish.

5) Allow the fish to marinate in the smoky sauce for half an hour to an hour.

6) Carefully drain the excess oil, because you’re about to broil that bad boy and I assume you don’t want to burn down your place of residence. (Humble thanks to my husband for pointing that out to me!)

7) Adjust your oven rack to the top rack, and place your fish on the broiler pan directly under the broiler.

8) Broil 10 minutes.

9) Guard it from your spouse.

10) When you’ve nommed to your heart’s content, just scoop up that foil and bin it. Put the broiler pan away. Don’t wash it. Seriously. Just go enjoy your healthy life.

 

Dinner: Chicken (Crock) Pot (Crustless) Pie

I got a huge pack of chicken for a great price. I tore the package open, dumped it unceremoniously into a crock pot, added a couple inches of chicken stock, and set it to cook on low all day long.

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This action was Lazeo (“lazy-o”) foresight at its best.

1) Crock pots are very easy to use.
2) Crock pots are very easy to clean.
3) I can cook everything at once. Less than a minute of prep time, and I have cooked chicken to last me for days!
4) Crock pots are foolproof. Tender, juicy, perfect chicken. No burning. No drying. Just perfection. Perfect like this blog.
5) The chicken I bought was so cheap-o because it came with bones and skin and all such grisly things. In a crock pot, all of that just falls away. It’s so easy.

So, this evening, I let my daughter occupy herself with the leftover spaghetti that is not Whole30-approved,

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got out some tongs, and gently lifted some of my perfect chicken out of the crock pot and into my dinner bowl. Then I ladled three scoops of the chicken stock into my bowl — enough to make it “saucy” without turning it into soup.

Then I rifled through the freezer, pausing a few times to cower as things collapsed all over me. I found some veggies that matched my hankering for some chicken pot pie:

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and, not having quite enough of that perfect foresight to put the veggies right in the crock pot with the chicken, I steamed the whole bag:

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then poured it into my bowl and stirred it around. Voila!

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VERY tasty, VERY easy, SUPER satisfying.

Chicken (Crock) Pot (Crustless) Pie

Chicken, cooked in crock pot (as much as you can fit, leftovers are a plus for Lazeo Paleo)
Chicken stock or broth — enough to cover the bottom of the crock pot about two inches deep
16 oz. Paleo-friendly vegetable blend (no legumes allowed)

Place all your chicken into the crock pot. Add the chicken broth, and set to cook on low for six hours.

When you are almost ready to eat, start steaming the vegetable blend.

When the chicken is finished cooking and you are ready to eat, use tongs to take chicken shreds from the crock pot directly into your bowl. Ladle enough of the chicken stock into your bowl to cover the bottom of the bowl about 1/2 inch deep.

Stir in your steamed vegetables.

Enjoy!

The Kickoff!

This morning I clung to my bed after a cumulative nine or so hours of sleep. My entire being clung just as tightly to the vain hope that my toddler would stop crying for me to get her out of her crib and feed her already.

Reality won out. I got up. I fed the baby. And the reality of my situation hit me, too: I’m too sluggish, too tired. And too often I use being tired as an excuse for my moodiness. But what’s my excuse for feeling so tired? I cannot wait one more day to start the Whole30 to cleanse and heal my body!

For the last week or so, I’ve been committed to starting the Whole30 at some point in the future to be determined. I made a delicious Whole30-approved dinner one night (substituting the vegetable recipe linked to “dinner” with a bag of pre-chopped frozen veggies at the last minute — Lazeo Paleo). I’ve been only buying Whole30-approved groceries. I appraised everything I ate to determine if it was probably Whole30-friendly or not.

Mostly… not.

Breakfast: organic whole-wheat-with-flaxseed bread with natural peanut butter and a tall glass of skim milk.
No bread. No peanut butter. No milk.
Oatmeal? Nope.
Raisin bran? Nope.
String cheese? Nope.
Smoothies? No milk allowed. I made a smoothie with green tea to try it out and it was not this taster’s best choice.

But this morning I scooped up the kiddo, the sales flyers, and the official Whole30 shopping list and went on a grocery store crawl!

No careful planning ahead with recipes. No careful comparing of the ads. I quickly glanced at them in the driveway (before my little girl could get mad at me for buckling her up without actually going anywhere), and in the stores I hastily circled Whole30-friendly items on sale, scooting the cart a few inches forward now and then to keep Little Miss content.

First I went to Fresh and Easy, my absolute favorite grocery store. It’s small (so it’s quick), they don’t use bizarre ingredients (so I don’t get into a moody rage when I try to shop healthy with a squirmy kid in tow), their prices are good, they give me tons of great coupons, their staff is helpful and friendly, and — my favorite part — they have lots of fresh, ready-to-cook, freakin’ delicious gourmet meals ready to go, so I can act like a wifey who has this mostly-stay-at-home thing down even when I am a disorganized Lazy-o. (Their website’s tagline is “The Joy of Not Cooking.”)

Sadly the store may also be going out of business.

Focusing on sale items and using my $5 off $25 coupon, I spent about $21 on this cartful of colorful goodies:

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The waffles are not Whole30-approved. They are for my kiddo. They feel good to eat right out of the freezer when she is teething.

The grape popsicles do not have added sugar, so I think they are Whole30-OK. They will be a mess for Little Miss, but maybe a nice little workaround “cheater” item for me? Paleo-approved treats are a no-no, according to the two or three pages of It Starts With Food that I actually read so far, but come on people. This is Lazy-o Paleo.

While I was shopping, I double-checked my Whole30 Shopping List and Googled to confirm something very important:

Green peas are a legume. Legumes are not allowed.

I’m still pretty hazy on what legumes actually are, but green peas are legumes. I’ll share other tidbits as I learn them.

Then I went to Albertson’s. I don’t usually go to Albie’s because I’m a cheap-o as well as a lazy-o, but they did have some good sales.

I was delighted to find this ready-made Whole30-approved delicacy:

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Look at all the chopping they did on my behalf! Chopping not only takes time, but it’s darn near impossible when you are the mommy (read: “MOMMY MOMMY MOMMY YOU MUST HOLD ME ALL THE TIME MOMMY!”) to a 14-month-old.

Indeed, they have a whole section of these goodies!:

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Oooooooooh… 🙂 I see more visits to Albertson’s in my near future.

At Albie’s I spent about $22 on these goodies, including another Whole30 no-no that Little Miss is nomming up front:

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The can you see is actually a stack of five cans of tuna. I wasn’t entire sure at the time that tuna was Whole30-approved (it is, mostly), but it was 88 cents.

I also got organic strawberries on sale — yum! 🙂 And, of course, Ms. Lazeo Paleo got a lot of chopped frozen veggies — no green peas included. 🙂

For breakfast I had a banana, some blackberries, and a couple organic eggs with garam marsala seasoning sprinkled in — and cooked in the microwave. Just put it in an ordinary microwave-safe bowl, whisk it together with a fork, and cook it on high for two minutes or so. Enjoy!

“Real” recipes coming soon!