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Salmon regularly gets rated as one of the top 10 foods in terms of nutrition and health benefits. Salmon is one of the best sources of Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, which studies have shown decrease inflammation, and reduce risk of heart disease and cancer. Salmon also boasts high levels of vitamins critical to maintaining the healthy brain functioning, including B-6 and B-12, as well as potassium, selenium and niacin.

I’m constantly trying to invent ways to get my kids to eat more salmon (important for those growing brains!). They love it in sushi, but I don’t trust myself selecting, buying and preparing raw fish, and we don’t eat out often enough. I regularly put smoked salmon in crepes because my kids will eat anything wrapped in a crepe, but when you want a very tasty dish that’s a bit more sophisticated, this makes a good choice.

I can’t remember where this recipe came from… It remains a dog-eared page torn from a now nameless magazine, but it remains one of our favorites. Quick and easy to prepare, you can’t go wrong serving this dish, and you can dress it up or down.



4 fresh salmon fillets (6-8 oz per person)

3 tbsp light soy sauce

3 tbsp dark soy sauce

Juice of 1 lime

3 tsp honey

1 clove garlic, crushed or finely chopped

1-inch piece of fresh ginger, finely grated or chopped

1 package soba noodles (cooked per package instructions)

2 tbsp toasted sesame oil



Whisk soy sauce, lime juice, garlic and ginger in a small bowl. Place the salmon fillets in a glass baking dish and spoon the soy mixture over evenly. Allow to rest for 20 minutes.

Heat a grill or turn on broiler function in the oven.

Boil a pot of lightly salted water for the noodles. When the water comes to a boil, add in the noodles and cook per the instructions on the packet (usually 5 minutes). Drain and rinse with cold water. Toss with the 2 tablespoons of sesame oil.

Remove the salmon from the marinade and place in a baking dish. Drizzle each piece with 1/2 tablespoon of honey and grill for approximately 10 minutes or until the salmon is just cooked and beginning to flake. Place the marinade in a small saucepan along with the remaining honey and cook over medium heat until reduced and slightly thickened.

Serve the salmon on top or alongside the noodles with a drizzle of the marinade.






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chick pomo closeCraving something pizza-y but don’t want all the bread (crust)? I’m calling this super easy to prepare dish “caprese stuffed chicken”¬†after the now classic salad made of sliced tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and fresh torn basil.

This recipe has been in my recipe folder since my days in London–more than half a decade ago! It had gotten tucked behind some other chicken recipe and I completely forgot about it. I stumbled upon it recently as I was resorting and refiling recipes, and made it last week. It’s fast, easy and delicious! The trickiest part is securing the cut chicken breast once you’ve stuffed all the other ingredients inside. I used a toothpick, which worked fine, but get creative–you might find a better way.

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2 chicken breasts

8 cherry vine tomatoes, sliced

8 thin slices mozzarella cheese

A handful of fresh basil leaves

Extra-virgin olive oil

Sea salt

Fresh-ground pepper



Preheat oven to 400F.

Using a sharp knife, cut a horizontal slit in each chicken breast to make a pocket. Make it deep enough you can stuff in all the other ingredients. Salt and pepper the chicken breast on all sides, including in the pocket you just cut. Stuff the slices of cheese, fresh-torn basil leaves and tomatoes inside the pocket and close. Secure with toothpicks. Drizzle the chicken with olive oil.

chick pomo rawchick pomo cookIn a medium-size skillet (preferably cast iron!), brown the chicken breasts on both sides, about 5 minutes each side. After browning, place the skillet in the oven for 15-20 minutes. Serve with a side salad or grilled vegetables.

Serves 2.




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