Swell Supper: Fresh and Healthy New Year Start

by Jan 2nd, 2011 // Swell Suppers

Swell Supper: Fresh and Healthy New Year Start

Happy New Year from Macki! I’m cooking up another Swell Supper with a confession added in. I’ve been at my parents’ house all week and my mom was more than prepared for her children and grandchildren and ready to satiate the sweet tooth in all of us. When I walked in the door I was hit with fudge, pecan fudge, brownies, chocolate krinkles, frosted sugar cookies, frosted almond cookies, pecan pie, homemade caramel corn, apricot filled Danish dough, chocolate blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries, every kind of M & M’s, stocking candy galore, giant home made cinnamon rolls and red rope licorice. Confession: I ate so much the elastic waste band on my leggings is being put to the test.  By the end of the week I’m feeling sluggish and need a healthy dinner. I searched through Rebecca’s recipes and found the perfect meal to make us all feel better – fresh and healthy and really quick! Tonight we are serving up Pan Seared Salmon, Make-Ahead Asparagus, and Quick Quinoa and Corn Saute (no dessert!)

To start this healthy meal, prep your salmon according to the recipe. Meanwhile, prepare the asparagus and place it in the oven. While the asparagus is cooking start the quinoa, I used one packet of vegetable broth with the two cups of water to give it a richer flavor. The asparagus must be getting close, time to remove it from the oven and get back to the salmon. Cook the salmon according to the recipe.

Meanwhile continue with the quinoa recipe, instead of fresh corn you can cut cooking time by using half a bag of frozen corn and sauté it in olive oil and skip the butter to make it that much healthier. Time to call your family in and start the New Year off with this quick and healthy dinner!  Now doesn’t that sound swell?

I love this photo, three generations of cooks. It all started with my mom, we cooked with her for as long as I can remember. She taught me everything I know about cooking and I still call her almost every day with questions. I love passing this on to my kids.

Pan seared salmon.

6 Comments on “Swell Supper: Fresh and Healthy New Year Start”

  1. 1.) CookingWithMyKid
    January 2nd, 2011

    Macki! Your family is adorable. Love the post. 🙂

  2. 2.) misti
    January 2nd, 2011

    So sad I missed this. The meal looks delicious and you all look fantastic. Can't wait to try that corn and quinoa recipe. This is my kind of meal!

  3. 3.) lesley
    January 2nd, 2011

    Yum!! sounds great.
    What a lovely family Macki…
    Happy New Year!

  4. 4.) Ruth
    January 2nd, 2011

    Perfect dinner, Macki! I'm in the same boat as far as needing something light and healthy to start the new year, so thank you for this. That family photo is so sweet!

  5. 5.) mountain girl
    January 3rd, 2011

    Looks delicious! Just wondering…have you posted the winner of the matryoshka measuring cups? Fingers crossed!

  6. 6.) Kelly
    January 5th, 2011

    I tried the salmon recipe and it was great!

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