Friday, May 11, 2012

Simple sophistication!

   Who said that weeknight dinners have to be bland and boring? And who said that all delicious and good-looking meals have to be difficult and time-consuming? Well, I'm gonna prove that you can get a restaurant quality dish which is not only good for you, but also for your wallet! Justin was actually pretty impressed that I just came up with that dish on a spot and that it looked and tasted so good. Who knew that putting together such simple ingredients as salmon, yams, and some veggies would make such a sophisticated dinner? Well, check it out for yourself. Here is what you need:

*  4 fillets of salmon

*  3 medium yams
*  1/2 tsp cumin

*  3 medium tomatoes
*  1 medium cucumber
*  1/4 onion
*  2 tbsp chopped dill
*  2 tbsp wine vinegar
*  1 tbsp sugar
*  salt and pepper

   Peel the yams, cut them into cubes and cook for 15-20 minutes until fork tender. Mash the yams with salt, pepper, and cumin. Put salmon fillets on the baking sheet, sprinkle with salt and pepper and bake at 400F for 10-12 minutes. Chop tomatoes, cucumber, and onion, mix all together, add dill, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper and chill in the refrigerator for 10 minutes. To "assemble" the dish put a spoon of yams on the plate, cover them with a piece of salmon, and top everything with the vegetable mix.

   It's very light and super flavorful. The cumin and yams go great together and make it "different" and exotic, while the vinegar's acidity brings everything to life! And doesn't it look like something you would get in a restaurant? Well, maybe not, but I like to think so.  :)


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