It is back to school for me. Back to quick lunches and a communal fridge. That takes some planning. This September issue of the Diner News is filled with ideas for meal prep. That small bit of work that keeps you eating well all week. It may be brown bag lunches, or it could be a full dinner already cooked and ready to reheat on a busy weeknight. I promise, I am often just too tired to cook after long hours away from home. I have a couple great ideas for you though that I am personally putting to the test. Idea #1 tonight.
One super easy meal prep idea is the sheet pan dinner. So simple to roast a protein in the oven with a frozen veggie blend baking alongside. All you have to do with the timer goes off is to package the food into individual meal containers. One baking session and 2- 4-6 lunches!
This salmon dish is super delish and so easy to make. Looks like you fussed much more than you did. One of my secret flavor ingredients is from Trader Joe's. Umami paste. Yeah. The flavor is all in there. It makes this dish taste like gourmet faire. I also like TJ's frozen veggies. Good prices and far less washing and chopping. This really couldn't be simpler!
I didn't want to freeze this one, so I made this recipe just for two. I also didn't plan to eat fish every day of the week, but you could if you wanna. Go ahead and double the recipe. Make it yours!
Teriyaki Salmon with Stir Fry Veggies
2 salmon fillets (approx. 4 oz)
1/4 cup tamari or soy sauce
1 tsp fresh ginger ( or homemade ginger juice)
1/2 tsp erythritol / stevia blend
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp Trader Joes Umami paste (optional)
14 oz Trader Joe’s Frozen Stir fry vegetable blend
Combine sauce ingredient in a quart size zipper bag. Add salmon fillets. Marinate several hours. Transfer to a baking pan lined with parchment. In a large bowl, combine stir fry vegetables with oil. You may add a bit more oil if you like. Stir to coat well and add to the baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes or until fish flakes at the thickest point. Divide fish and vegetables between 2 lunch containers.
Serves 2: 196 calories 7 net g carb
I like my veggies a little more done, and I really thought the fish might be overbaked. It was great though. My fillets were from the thickest part, so if yours are thinner, you should shorten the oven time.
Want to see some of the other dishes in this month's Diner News? Here is a glimpse.
|Chipotle Fish Fillet with Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower|
|Real Cranberry Oolong Tea Sipper|
|Good for you Green Lemonade|
|Pesto Chicken and Roasted ItalianVeggies|
|Soup Base 3 ways, Italian|
|Soup Base 3 ways, Greek|
|Salad Buddies for a Week|
|Greek Chicken Salad Bowl|