Monday, January 26, 2015

Monday Food Post - Honey Salmon in Foil

It has been a couple of weeks since I put up a Monday food post, so here I am, trying to get back in the groove. My thanks to Chungah for our delicious meal tonight.  It was an easy dish to do and was on the table 30 minutes from start to finish. You can see her recipe here at 'Damn Delicous'  I enjoy visiting her blog and there are a whole lot of recipes that I want to prepare, so please pop on over.  You will have a great time looking at all those delicious meals.

Honey Salmon in Foil
4 servings

1/4 cup honey
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 lbs. salmon

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Line a baking dish with foil.

In a small bowl whisk together honey, garlic, olive oil, white wine vinegar, thyme, salt and pepper to taste.

Place salmon onto prepared baking sheet and fold up all four sides of the foil.

Spoon the honey mixture over the salmon.

Fold the sides of the foil over the salmon, covering completely and sealing the packet closed.

Place into oven and bake until cooked through, about 15 to 20 minutes.  (Baking time may need to be adjusted depending on the thickness of your salmon).  Fish is cooked when it flakes easily with a fork.

Serve immediately.

Nutritional Facts
 (I always thank the host for including these.)

There are four servings

Amount per serving:

Calories: 511.3
Calories from Fat: 197.1
% Daily Value (see below)
Total fat: 21.9g34%
Saturated Fat: 3.3g17%
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 161.0mg54%
Sodium: 128.4mg5%
Total Carbohydrate: 18.2g6%
Dietary Fiber: 0.2g1%
Sugars: 17.3g
Protein: 57.9g116%

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.  Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Fish is one of the few food sources with naturally occurring vitamin D, a vitamin that is most famously known for its bone health.  However, recent research has shown that vitamin D plays a key role in many other parts of the body.  For example, vitamin D is very important for a strong and healthy immune system.

With this meal you get nearly 800 IU of vitamin D per serving. That is more than the minimum daily recommended amount of 600 IU.

Nutritional information provided by Jessica Penner, RD at Smart Nutrition, link here.

What did we think of our meal?  We enjoyed it very much.   To look at the salmon it looks very pale, in comparison to say if you had grilled it and reminds me of the poached salmon my mother used to make.  This was mentioned in Chungah's recipe but as she also said, it tasted delicious.  

I did have to pop it back in the oven because it wasn't quite ready even after 20 minutes.  She was right again when she said that we might have to adjust our cooking time depending on the thickness of the salmon purchased.  For us 25 minutes took care of it.

Gregg doesn't eat salmon.  When we went shopping today he chose cod.  I cooked it the same way as the salmon in its own foil packet and it turned out great.  They cooked in about the same amount of time.

I didn't have any white wine vinegar so I used rice wine vinegar.  

Gregg likes to make his own concoction of cocktail sauce for his seafood and mixed together some ketchup with horseradish sauce.  

I roasted cauliflower and broccoli as a side and topped the salmon with slices of lemon to make it look more attractive.  A few sprigs of parsley would also go well I think.

We don't keep leftovers when it is seafood so we bought smaller pieces of fish than above.  We cut down on ingredients accordingly.

Would we make it again?  Yes, most definitely!