Do people avoid cooking because recipes have too many ingredients and complicated instructions?
As my lovely sister-in-law and I were drooling over salad recipes this weekend, Vanessa made just that comment.
She said that many recipes required an amazing list of ingredients, most of which she would have to buy, and probably never use again.
What’s more, the instructions were endless. As a working mother of two young boys, she had no time, or energy, to tackle a cooking project.
This got me to thinking about my approach to healthy cooking. I’ve been cooking for over 30 years, but that doesn’t mean I want to slave away in the kitchen either, so I’ve decided to keep my food fresh and simple.
This healthy salmon salad with red chard, sweet grapes, goat cheese and a lemony vinaigrette is a good place to start.
What do you think?
If a recipe is too complicated, does it get relegated to your someday I’ll make this list? How many ingredients are too many?
My goal is to improve this blog’s healthy, low calorie recipes so they are quick and easy for you to prepare. I’d love to hear your opinion, so don’t be shy, and be sure to leave a comment.
Have a terrific week!
- 12 ounces wild Alaskan salmon, filets
- 8 cups red chard, sliced into ribbons
- 1 cup green onion, thinly sliced
- 2 cups grapes, halved
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- ½ medium lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons low sodium vegetable broth
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon 100% maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons fresh basil
- ½ cup goat cheese, crumbled
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with foil. Place salmon on the foil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake 15 - 20 minutes until salmon is no longer opaque at the thickest part. Take care not to over cook or salmon will be dry. Allow to cool.
- Combine chard, green onions and grapes in a large bowl.
- Combine lemon zest, lemon juice, vegetable broth, maple syrup and basil in a bowl, then toss into chard. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Fold goat cheese and chunks of salmon into salad and serve.
Weight Watchers PointsPlus 9
Saturated fatty acids: 7.78g
Monounsaturated fatty acids: 8.71g
Polyunsaturated fatty acids: 3.20g
Total fat: 19.70g
Calories from fat: 177
Carbohydrate, by difference: 15.98g
Total dietary fiber: 2.41g
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