My First Quick, Easy & Healthy Homemade Dinner :)

A quick and simple healthy homemade meal: seasoned salmon, Chinese greens and buckwheat soba noodles.

A quick and simple healthy homemade meal: seasoned salmon, Chinese greens and buckwheat (soba) noodles.

If you have been following me for a while here, you may notice that I have more baking recipes than recipes on meals. The reason is that I LOVE baking and find it super fun and easier than cooking. I think cooking is very challenging and time-consuming. The few times I tried cooking a meal, the food and taste usually do not turn out the way they are supposed to, and it takes me at least 3 hours to prep and cook. Plus, I’m really lucky that when I go home at the end of the day, I already have a warm meal waiting for me. πŸ™‚ Perhaps that is why I don’t venture into cooking that much.

Today I discovered that cooking doesn’t have to be complicated and I’m proud to tell you that I experimented and created an easy and healthy meal in less than an hour.Β  I could not believe that I made such a quick delicious meal! There were various factors that propelled me to cook my own dinner tonight: heavy workload that required my full concentration and focus, my mother was out of town so no one was home to cook for me :P, lack of time to go out to eat (I cancelled dinner plans to eat out because of workload)Β  and a desire to eat healthy.

Below, you will find a short and sweet description of how I made this meal in about 45 minutes.

 

Serves: 1 person

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 30 minutes

 

Ingredients: 1 salmon fillet, freshly squeezed lemon juice, drizzle of honey, ground black pepper, a few grape tomatoes, buckwheat (soba) noodles, a handful of Chinese greens, cooking oil

 

Instructions:

1. Rinse the fillet in cold water and dab it dry with paper towel.

2. Place fillet in the middle of parchment paper on baking tray.

2. Squeeze lemon juice, a drizzle of honey, and sprinkleΒ  black pepper and put some grape tomatoes on top (cut in half if you like) of fillet.

3. Fold the parchment paper to seal the fillet, seasoning and tomatoes, allowing salmon and the tomatoes to cook in its own juices. I learned this cooking trick,called “baking en papillote” (in paper), from here: http://www.wikihow.com/Bake-Salmon

4. Bake at 350Β°F for 20 minutes.

5. Rinse noodles under cold water before cooking to remove excess starch.

6. Add noodles to boiling water and cook for a few minutes.

7. Add a little cold water two or three times while noodles are cooking to reduce the temperature which helps the noodles to cook evenly. I learned this tip from here: http://www.taste.com.au/how+to/articles/3908/soba+noodles

8. Rinse and soak greens 3-5 times.

9. Add a drop of cooking oil (I used olive oil) into the pot of water before blanching the greens. The cooking oil coats the greens so they look fresh and green, not purple. I learned how to blanch Chinese greens from: http://rasamalaysia.com/restaurant-style-chinese-greens-with/

10. Drain excess water from noodles and greens before serving with salmon on plate or bowl. Bon appetit! πŸ™‚

 

Special Notes:

-Thank you to my mom for teaching me the trick to cooking a quick meal. It is simply to cook a few things at the same time. πŸ™‚

 

-To learn more about the health benefits of buckwheat (soba) noodles (a type of noodle from Japan, and it is gluten-free), see these links:

http://www.healthhokkaido.com/files/Articles_Oshimi/soba.cfm

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=11

http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/healthy-benefits-buckwheat-noodles-6583.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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8 thoughts on “My First Quick, Easy & Healthy Homemade Dinner :)

  1. I’m the complete opposite. I absolutely love cooking because I find that baking takes so much more time/effort hah! Each to their own I suppose πŸ™‚
    How did you like the taste of buckwheat noodles? I made buckwheat pancakes once and wasn’t fond of them. Interested to know if noodles are good since they would be a great alternative!

    • That’s hilarious we find the opposite re: cooking/baking! Yes, to each its own. πŸ™‚

      You are right, buckwheat has a certain distinct strong taste, and personally I like the taste of buckwheat noodles now, so find it yummy. If you’re used to regular noodle/pasta taste, then you may not like it. 😦 However, you can develop an acquired taste for it! πŸ˜‰

      Let me know if you ever give it a try and what you think of it compared to the buckwheat flour for pancakes! πŸ™‚ ❀ Violet

  2. Nice, I’m going to have to try this thanks Violet. Today I made pesto (from a jar from M&S sadly) pasta with new potatoes, sliced frankfurter sausages, green beans it’s delicious though. My resolution for next year is to cook even more from scratch I did improve this year.

    • Thanks, Charlotte! πŸ™‚ Let me know how this meal turns out when you try it. You definitely have to add it to your cooking from scratch list next year! πŸ˜‰ It’s great to hear that you’re improved this year!! I too plan to cook a bit more when I have time. hehe

      P.S. Your pasta sounds delish!!

  3. Thanks for sharing, Violet. The picture of your dinner made my mouth water. I can definitely empathize with the idea of having to cook (then clean up!) way longer than I would be eating. Nevertheless, like you rightly mentioned, cooking allows us to monitor what we put into our food and thus hopefully help us lead to a healthier lifestyle. This is something I know my wife and I are trying to model for our kids (6 year old and 3 year old).

    It was also nice to read that you can still learn from your mom!

    I love the positive vibe of your writing.

    • Hi Paul, thanks for dropping by and your comments. I love how you and your wife are modelling healthy eating and lifestyle for your kids. It is so important to do this so that children can learn to lead a healthy and happy lifestyle. You and your wife are wonderful parents! πŸ™‚ Thank you very much for your kind compliment regarding my writing. You and everyone else inspire me to keep on writing when I have time! ^^ ❀ Violet

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