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Oscar Night Dinner

Posted Mar 07 2010 6:25pm

It’s OSCAR NIGHT! I get so excited for this night, and other award nights, but I think I like to see the red carpet more than anything else. Of course I love to find out who wins, but I love watching the red carpet pre-award show.

Yesterday I was watching one of my favorite cooking shows, 5 Ingredient Fix , and I came up with a brilliant idea for my dinner tonight. My dinner was very similar to the recipes made on the show, with a few tweaks of course.

But before I get to all that, I want to show you some eats this weekend. We finally went grocery shopping yesterday! We HAVE FOOD!

I made healthy sloppy joes with lean ground turkey on Arnold Thins with a side of spinach and Mann’s sweet potato fries before heading to see Alice in Wonderland last night. Great movie! Go see it!

I brought a Chocolate Metromint water for the movies. I’m obsessed with this water. You don’t even understand. It’s like dessert in a bottle. YUM!

I also made Anne’s granola bars last night, but substituted almonds and hazelnuts for pumpkin and sunflower seeds. I just chopped them up a bit in my magic bullet and added them to the Dry ingredients. The bars came out great, and tasted fantastic! Anne -you really know what you are doing over there!

After wrapping them all up in aluminum foil, I had some extra crumbs that I put aside to add to my yogurt this morning.

I topped a *new flavor to me* strawberry and banana Chobani with my leftover granola bar crumbles. It was wonderful.

I also packed my lunch for work today in my awesome little lunchbox. I packed a sloppy joe, celery sticks, and an apple. It made me think of my grade school days.

My sloppy joes were not the original kind because we didn’t have any bbq sauce, so I made them with marinara instead. I added some fresh basil and spinach to mine today, which made them just that much better. With a side of crunchy celery of course.

We are starting to sell fresh bread in the store , on Friday’s and Saturday’s as part of our wine tasting, from a place called Lyon Bakery . Good thing those are the two days I’m off because I would devour my weight in fresh crusty bread. It looks like the bread did well because when I came in today there were only a few little pieces left from the tasting. Of course I tried some.

Alright-now to my favorite part-the Oscar Dinner. For some reason Chris was really excited to watch the Oscars this year so I wanted to make a special dinner for us. Based on the recipes from 5 Ingredient Fix , I made Asian Style Salmon with Ginger and Lemongrass infused edamame rice. How could you go wrong with that?

I baked the salmon on top of a bed of sliced ginger and lime slices and soaked it in unfiltered sake. I chose unfiltered because it is sweeter and creamier than filtered sake. I baked the salmon covered at 400 degrees until it looked done. I kind of eye ball fish because I never know how long to keep it in the oven.

The rice was so incredibly easy. I boiled a big pot of water and threw in large pieces of ginger, garlic, and lemongrass. Lemongrass won’t taste like anything unless you beat it up a little so you just need to smash it with the back of a knife and bang on it to let out all the essential oils.

Once the water is to a boil, let it cook for a few more minutes to infuse the water with the flavors.

Then add in the rice and cook through(I used brown jasmin rice). At the very last minute add the frozen edamame. Once the rice is finished just drain it in a colander, take out the chunks of garlic, ginger, and lemongrass, and Voila!

I served my salmon and rice with some asparagus, and I used the leftover sake to make a sake-tini shaken with fresh lemon and lime juice. It was one award winning dinner. Chris gave it a 9 on a scale from 1 to 10, and he doesn’t lie. DELICIOUS!

I’m going to finish the night off with the Oscars. Hope you all have a fabulous Sunday Night!!!

Tagged: 5 ingredient fix , asian style dinner , Chobani , edamame rice , home-made granola bars , lemongrass , Mann's Packing Co. , metromint , sake , Salmon , sloppy joes
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