Home Comfort
August 18, 2010, 10:40 pm
Filed under: Food and Recipes, Main Dishes, Side Dishes | Tags: , ,

There’s nothing I enjoy more than a night at home with my husband, watching movies, and relaxing on the couch, and a good dinner in our stomachs. We lead such varied lives and schedules, that these times are precious to me.

Now, I must admit, that our coffee table often serves as the main dining facility of the house. Sitting on the floor, with the dogs gathered around, watching movies and eating. But, alas, it’s the importance of being gathered together and not what we are dining on.

On these nights, I love to make meals that involve little effort, and are relaxing to make. Case in point: Maple Glazed Salmon. I had received cooking light in the mail yesterday morning with this recipe on the cover, and by that evening, it was on our plates.

With a few simple things thrown together, which are mostly staples in our house, we had dinner on the table in 30 minutes flat and were relaxing with remotes in hand. Hope you too, can relax and enjoy!

Maple Glazed Salmon
Slightly adapted from Cooking Light, September 2010 edition

2 salmon fillets
1 1/2 tsp ancho chili powder
1/2 tsp chipotle powder
1/4 tsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 tbsp maple syrup

1. Preheat broiler to high.

2. Spray a broiler pan with nonstick. Mix chili powders, salt, brown sugar, and cumin together until thoroughly mixed. Liberally coat salmon fillets with the rub (you may not use all the seasoning, I had a little leftover).

3. Place fillets on the broiler pan and broil for 8 minutes. Remove. Brush each fillet evenly with 1/2 tbsp of maple syrup. Return to the oven and broil another minute until browned.

4. Allow to rest a few minutes. Serve with tomato couscous.

Tomato Couscous
Adapted from Cooking Light, September 2010 edition

1/4 cup dry couscous
1/4 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered
10 basil leaves, finely chopped
1/4 to 1/2 red onion, finely diced (depending on the size of the onion)
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 cup plus 1 tbsp low sodium chicken broth
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tbsp olive oil

1. In a medium saucepan, set to medium high heat, add olive oil and chopped red onion. Sauté until onion is translucent. Add cumin and garlic powder, stir until fragrant.

2. Add dry couscous, and allow to toast for a few minutes. Add chicken broth, allow to come to a boil, and remove pan from heat. Cover, and allow couscous to steam for 5 minutes or so.

3. Meanwhile, chop tomatoes, chop basil, tend to salmon.

4. After couscous is thoroughly steamed, add tomatoes and basil to the top of the couscous. Fluff everything together thoroughly with a fork.

5. Serve with alongside salmon. May add a salad or italian style green beans.


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wow, this looks yummy! Elaine

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