Actually though, I’ve found that I love cooking a great dinner after work. There’s nothing more satisfying. The best part is when you cook a great dinner, and have leftovers to take for lunch the next day. And I have to say, out of all the dinner you could cook, there’s nothing more rewarding (or luxurious) than salmon. A great piece of salmon can really change your whole world. Trust me on it y’all! What’s great about creating a simple baked salmon like the one above, is that you can slap your asparagus in there. And you’ll never look back. It’s just so easy. It begs the question… why wouldn’t you make this on the regular?
Funny story about this dish- so I start off thinking I’d make a cute dinner for my boyfriend. Yes – in my head I was like “Oh won’t he be so impressed, and little does he know it was the easiest thing to make.” So that day, I decided to clean my oven. ok here is the real truth, I love cleaning. It’s a thing for me – like a big thing totally an epic part of my week. So I had accidentally let a bit of some chicken grease burn on the bottom of my oven. I could get the grease off, so I left a damp, cotton dish towel in the oven over the burn site (lol). Ok fast forward to that evening, I’m dawdling and wasting time and suddenly it’s 7:30 and I need to get that salmon in the oven. So i frantically preheat the oven and start marinating that salmon. And yes it was totally relaxing for about 5 minutes. UNTIL I turn around and notice smoke in the oven window – y’all thank god I had cleaned that oven window! … and suddenly I’m freaking as I open the door and smoke starts pouring out. As soon as I know it I’ve grabbed tongs, grabbed the cloth that was still in the oven, and opened my front door in an attempt to direct the smoke away from my smoke alarm. As I’m standing in the door i realize, the cloth is on fire. I AM HOLDING FIRE! As I’m sure you’ve figured out, all was ok. I quickly threw the cloth under water, put out the fire and then threw the cloth in the garbage disposal. Needless to say, there was no cooking for the rest of the night. Thank goodness for New York’s abundance of restaurants and good luck even when silliness happens. For more information on fire safety please visit http://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/.
BAKED SALMON & ASPARAGUS IN A SIMPLE BUTTER SAUCE
chili flakes, salt, pepper for seasoning
1/3 tbsp unsalted butter
additional: tin foil
1. Preheat oven to 400° F
2. While the oven is preheating season the salmon with chili flakes, pepper, and salt, top salmon with butter and one lemon slice
3. Top asparagus with the salmon.
4. Wrap in tin foil, and bake for about 25 to 30 minutes.
5. Take salmon out of the tin foil, drizzle balsamic vinegar over salmon and asparagus
There you have it! The easiest dinner that will also impress any goes – the best part is that it’s under 300 calories!