Saturday, July 2, 2011

Paprika Roasted Salmon over Wilted Spinach and Orange Mashed Potatoes

Tonight's dinner was actually fairly atypical. The flavors weren't ones I would normally put together (like.. potatoes and orange, for instance). But I'm really glad I jumped out of my comfort zone a little and made this recipe.

Tonight's dinner was really just full of flavors. Matt was kind of put off by the cinnamon, but how was I to know that he didn't like one of the best spices known to man? He has some growing up to do!


Paprika Roasted Salmon over Wilted Spinach

2 tbsp orange juice
1 tbsp olive oil + 1/2 tsp olive oil (divided)
1 tsp thyme
1/2 lb salmon fillets
1/2 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tbsp paprika
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp orange zest
1/4 tsp kosher salt
5 oz spinach leaves


1. Mix the orange juice, 1 tbsp of olive oil, and 1/2 tsp of thyme together in a small bowl. Place the salmon in a large bowl and pour marinade over the top. Put in the refrigerator for half hour.

2. Mix brown sugar, paprika, cinnamon, zest, 1/2 tsp thyme, and salt in a small bowl. Remove salmon from marinade and place in a greased foil-lined baking pan. Rub top of salmon with paprika mixture.

3. Roast salmon in a preheated oven at 400 for 15 minutes.

4. Heat remaining olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add spinach and cook for 2 minutes, until wilted. Serve salmon over spinach.

* serves 2

CALORIES: 280 calories
CHOLESTEROL: 73 milligrams
FAT: 16 grams
SODIUM: 1 milligrams

Orange Mashed Potatoes

2 tbsp Brummel&Brown yogurt spread
1 onion, finely chopped
1 1/2 lb red potatoes
1/4 cup light sour cream
6 tbsp orange juice
1/2 tsp kosher salt

1. Cook the chopped onions in the melted yogurt spread until soft.

2. Skin the potatoes and chop into quarters. Boil a pot of water and cook potatoes for approximately 15 minutes, or until soft.

3. Mash the potatoes with sour cream and orange juice.

4. Mix in the salt and the onions.

* serves 3

CALORIES: 327 calories
CHOLESTEROL: 7 milligrams
FAT: 5 grams
SODIUM: 707 milligrams

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