Seared Salmon with Quinoa, Amaranth & Millet Cakes

I have this delicious Quinoa mix from Costco that has Amaranth and Millet in it. Gluten free and so tasty with the nuttiness and texture. This time I am cooking it in a rice cooker to see how that works.  Either way it is twice the water to the amount of quinoa mix you want to cook. On the stove you bring it to a boil, then turn down the heat to a simmer, cover and cook for about 15 minutes. Remove from burner and fluff with a fork.

For the Salmon I will season it with salt, pepper, garlic and tarragon (my favorite seasoning combo for chicken and salmon). I usually use garlic powder but tonight I am using minced garlic just to give it a little more uummph.

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Season up the salmon and put it onto a hot pan with olive oil (I used lemon olive oil and it gave it a real nice taste) and sear until brown. Flip it over until the other side is brown and it firms up a bit and then remove it from the heat and set it on a plate.

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Cover with tin foil (aluminum, whatever) to keep the heat in and keep it juicy while the patties get going.

I originally wanted to make these quinoa patties with zucchini but I forgot to pick it up at the store and I am not making another trip. So, this round I’ve decided to use match stick carrots that I had in the fridge. Next time zucchini. Hmm, also I will be using Irish dubliner cheese instead of parmesan for the same reason, however, it has a nice salty flavor so I bet it will be delish!

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I have a family of six so most people probably only need 1/2 the recipe. But, for the 6 of us large appetite peeps you will need 2 cups of quinoa mix, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup of match stick carrots, salt & pepper, garlic, 1 cup of grated cheese of your choice. This would probably be pretty good with goat cheese too! Yum. I’m a major fan of ALL cheese.  Saute chopped onion and carrots until tender. Mix with cooked quinoa mix, eggs, cheese and seasonings.

Make patties and place in an oiled hot pan.  Cook until brown on each side and top with a bit of sour cream.

I’ve decided to slice up some asparagus, mushrooms, and onion for a side dish. I cut the sweet onion thinly and the asparagus at a slant; chop up mushrooms too.

I put the asparagus in a bowl and cover with water and cook in microwave for 3 minutes so it is firm but tender. Drain. Saute up the onion and mushrooms and after you get a good carmelization on them throw the asparagus in and saute for a couple more minutes.

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Plate all three items and enjoy!

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The next morning I had leftovers and made a savory dish with a fried egg on top. YUM.

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At lunch I made some more quinoa patties but with goat cheese and sundried tomatoes and had it with a salad. Make sure to use 2 eggs, I tried to use 1 at lunch and it just wasn’t enough to hold the patty together.

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For sure one my favorites now.

 

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Fall & Thanksgiving Wreath

I love these mesh wreaths lately. They are so easy to make and absolutely adorable and with Michael’s coupons they are pretty cheap to make too!

The 2 pack of gold mesh was cheaper than buying one with the sale going on…SCORE!

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You’ll need the metal wreath frame, approximately $3, colored mesh in appropriate colors, on sale you can get them for $5 each, ribbon or decor to go with the theme of your wreath.

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I was pretty disappointed to find out that there were no more Thanksgiving decorations or Fall decor at Michael’s and it’s only November 16th. I was told they had to make room for the Christmas decor. Disappointing.

I happened to have a whole lot of ribbon and some Fall foliage that I can incorporate into the Fall/Thanksgiving wreath since I have every craft item you could imagine in my garage (hence the concussion from previous post).

Gather the mesh and take twisty ties or pipe cleaner to attach to the outside part of the metal wreath form.

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Then gather another bunch and attach to the inner part of the metal wreath form.

Alternate back and forth with just one color. Don’t worry that it looks sparse since it will start to fill in when you start with the 2nd color and even more so with the decor you will add in.  With the 2nd color I start with the inside of the wreath so it’s the opposite of the 1st color.

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It will start looking nice and full.  Add in your decor securing with your twisty ties or pipe cleaner. If you need to fluff out the mesh, that’s the great part of this mesh stuff.

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Concussion Time

This sucks!  A few days ago I fell in my mess of a garage and hit my head on a bracket that was sticking out of a cupboard.  It hurt like hell and apparently gave me a concussion. My head is pounding and it’s hard to concentrate. I’m dizzy and nauseous, but it makes me grateful for my health. It is all too familiar to have to lay down and rest and do nothing; to not be able to think clearly. I do not miss any of my sickly days and I can’t wait to get better and move on with my normal life.

Unfortunately, until I get better I cannot train with my youngest for her 5K race that she is so excited for and I may even miss out on my first girls trip. But, it is another lesson for me to slow down and be grateful for how far I’ve come over the last 7 years. Hopefully I will feel much better in the next few days. I can’t wait!