Truth be told, i’m not a big fan of salmon. You will never find me ordering it at a restaurant but…I cannot resist THIS salmon recipe. When I eat this, I literally say ‘yum’ out loud and gobble it down fast. I especially like how fast this cooks up, under 25 minutes from preparation to plate. So thanks to this recipe, I am a salmon convert.
I also prefer wild caught salmon so that I’m eating the healthiest version salmon. I do not purchase farm raised fish of any kind because of the gmo pellets they are fed to artificially bulk up the fish. And since I primarily stick with organics, it just makes sense for me and my health preferences. But, that being said, this recipe will work with farm raised or wild caught.
zest from 1 lemon (then use the remaining lemon for slices)
Preheat oven to 400.
Line a baking pan or dish with parchment paper.
In a small bowl, combine butter, dill, garlic, salt/pepper and lemon zest.
Microwave thoroughly until melted but be careful not to burn the butter. About 25 seconds.
Using a pastry brush, brush melted mixture generously onto each fillet. Place a lemon slice on top of each fillet at the fattest part.
Bake for 10 - 15 minutes on the middle or top rack. I checked mine at 10, using a fork to check for flakiness and decided it needed another 2½ minutes because I like my salmon on the firmer side. Whatever your preference, check it at 10 minutes and go from there.
I love a challenge. So while I’m planning my recipes for the week I will ask the hubby if he is in the mood for any particular meal. Of course he didn’t pick something easy like salad, he picks paella. Thanks hubby. Challenge accepted.
Of course I wasn’t going to make the traditional paella that is made with rice. Since I replace rice with quinoa in my other recipes like paleo “faux” fried rice, I knew it could be done. The secret is in the spices. I found this awesome recipe on www.skinnyms.com as a great starting point.
Since quinoa is so versatile and absorbs any seasoning or flavoring you incorporate into it, I was pretty sure this would work. Off to the laboratory (kitchen) I went.
We used shrimp and sea scallops for the protein but by using quinoa, the protein levels gets kicked up even more! Quinoa is just so super awesome. I could eat it every day (and almost do).
Before starting anything, place the shrimp and scallops in a bowl, sprinkle with 2 teaspoons of seafood seasoning, mix it around so all of the seasoning touches everything. Place in fridge until ready to use.
Start your quinoa. I use the pre-rinsed kind but if you don't, make sure to rinse your quinoa so it doesn't have any bitterness.
Put 1½ cups of uncooked quinoa and 3 cups of chicken broth in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer, add ½ teaspoon of saffron threads, spanish paprika, black pepper, a dash of salt and cover. Cook for 15 minutes, stirring every 4 or 5 minutes.
While the quinoa is cooking, in a LARGE skillet (I used a heavy cast iron one), heat 1 tablespoon olive oil and saute your diced onion for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Once your onion has been sauteed add another tablespoon of olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes, red bell pepper and tomatoes, stir and continue to saute for 3 or 4 minutes.
Add quinoa, 3 cups chicken broth and bay leaf to the onion mixture and stir to combine. Sprinkle with the other ½ teaspoon of saffron threads, 1 teaspoon seafood seasoning and a dash of salt. Bring to a boil then reduce to a low boil and cover for 10 minutes.or until the liquid has been absorbed.
Add peas, shrimp and scallops. Sink them down into the quinoa mix so that the seafood is surrounded by the quinoa. Cover and continue cooking for 5 minutes. Turn off heat and let stand for 10 minutes while still covered.