Salmon in Parchment and a Cookbook Review

 

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The weather has been absolutely beautiful which makes for less time in the kitchen and more time outdoors, right? Well, I think I have found the perfect cookbook for these sunny Aptos days!

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With each recipe using only a few simple ingredients, even this Sweet Potato and Chipotle soup is incredibally quick and easy. Perfect for a day spent at the beach and there is little time remaining to get something on the table for the family.

 

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The recipes in Everyday Food Light are also healthy. Each one begins with an explanation as to what makes it light,

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and ends with the nutritional information per serving.

 

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Monica and her husband, Bob, recently enjoyed this pork, swiss chard and polenta dish. They were surprised at it’s simplicity and goodness. And I love that each recipe has it’s own picture! There is just something about seeing it before one makes it. And who has the time to sit and read every recipe? If you are like me, and will hardly ever buy a cookbook unless it’s loaded with pictures, then this cookbook is a must.10 Tonight I made Salmon in Parchment with Green Beans and Lemon Zest. It seemed so simple that it could not possibly be as good as it was. But it truely was amazing. Here is what I did:

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Place a skinless salmon fillet on a piece of parchment.

 

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Top with a few trimmed green beans.

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Zest a few strands of lemon on top.

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Now a few capers,

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salt and pepper,

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and a drizzle of good olive oil.

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Fold parchment in half over your pile of goodness, and fold parchment paper around like so.

 

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Place on a baking sheet and bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes.

 

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The salmon and green beans are perfectly steamed.

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Cut open the parchment and enjoy.

 

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I even tried one with just vegis. I cut the quick cooking asperagus in larger chunks, and the slow cooking carrots in small slivers so the baking time would be even. They came out carmely and had the best flavor. And did I mention that clean-up was a snap? At this point, I can’t decide if I want to try other combinations baked in parchment, or if another recipe from this quick, healthy and inspiring cookbook is next…

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