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Heavenly Gluten-Free: Seared Salmon with Parmesan Brown Rice and Garlic Spinach

Posted Jul 07 2008 7:11pm

Salmon and most other seafood rarely make my shopping cart when I'm trying to stick to a budget. However, Giant Foods has decided to give all of us consumers a helping hand in eating delicious seafood by cutting prices and having fantastic deals on a variety of seafood. This week the best buy was for salmon steaks. I purchased 4 pieces (just under 2 pounds) for only $6.32.

Salmon is quite the nutritious fish to eat. It is high in protein, omega-3 fatty acids and packed with vitamin D.. and on top of all of the nutritious qualities, it has a delicious flavor and texture that can be prepared in a number of different ways. I love the natural flavors of the fish, so I try to keep it simple with just a few seasonings to enhance the natural taste.

For side dishes, I always choose a starch and a vegetable that will complement the fish. Today I went with brown rice and spinach. There are a lot of myths out there about brown rice being sooooooo much more healthy than white rice, but in fact, they have almost the same amount of calories, fat and carbohydrates. The difference is that with brown rice, none of the nutrients, such as B1, B3 and iron, are removed in the manfacturing  process.  This means that if you're going to eat rice as part of your meal, at least with brown rice you are getting some much needed vitamins with your delicious meal!

Today's Meal: Seared Garlic & Herb Salmon with Parmesan Brown Rice and Garlic Spinach SalmonBrownRice
Cost: $18.78 at Giant Food

Makes 4 Servings

For the Parmesan Brown Rice
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Yellow Onion, diced
1 tablespoon Garlic, minced
2 cups Brown Rice
3 cups Water
1 tablespoon Butter
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
1 teaspoon Salt

 In a medium-sized sauce pot, heat olive oil. Briefly saute onions and garlic. Add brown rice and coat with oil. Add water and bring to a boil. Simmer for 20 minutes or until water is fully absorbed and rice is tender.

Stir in butter, parmesan cheese and salt. Cover pot and set aside until ready to serve.

For the Salmon
4 Salmon Steaks (about 1/2 pound each)
4 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 cup Fresh Parsley, finely chopped
2 tablespoons Garlic, minced

Gently wash salmon steaks and pat dry. Season both sides of each salmon steak with a pinch of salt and pepper. Set aside.

In a small mixing bowl, whisk together olive oil, parsley and garlic. Rub equal amounts of mixture on each salmon steak.

Heat large saute pan on high heat. Place each salmon steak in heated pan and sear for 3-4 minutes on each side for a rare piece of salmon. Increase cook time for a medium cooked salmon steak.

For the Spinach
16 ounces Fresh Spinach
4 tablespoons Olive Oil
2 tablespoons Garlic, minced
1 teaspoon Salt

Heat a large saute pan on medium-high heat. Pour in 2 tablespoons olive oil and heat.  Add spinach, garlic and remaining olive oil. Saute until spinach is wilted. Season with salt.

Place a salmon steak, heaping spoonful of brown rice and spinach on plate and serve. If your budget allows, serve this meal with a cold glass of Chardonnay!

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