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One of my goals for 2016 is to “learn how to cook fish that I actually like to eat,” so I was excited to see that Mexican Spiced Salmon with Black Rice, Avocado & Orange Salad was on Blue Apron’s menu for the upcoming week. Salmon is one of my favorite types of fish (hello, Salmon Caesar Salad – I’m still totally obsessed), but sometimes it tastes too “fishy” for me. The flavor, of course, depends on a number of factors—how it’s cooked, where it’s from, and whether it’s wild-caught or farm-raised—so part of my goal includes trying to find what best appeals to my palate.
Blue Apron’s Alaskan Sockeye Salmon comes from the icy waters of the Northern Pacific. It’s wild-caught, sustainably-sourced and has earned a “Best Choice” rating from Seafood Watch. Fun fact: The name “sockeye” has little to do with the fish’s eyes, but rather comes from its Native American name, “suk-kegh,” which means “red fish.” As you can see below, the Alaskan Sockeye Salmon has a gorgeous color. It’s also fresh and flavorful, but not super “fishy.”
Even in the package, I was impressed by how vibrant it looked!
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Ok, back to the Mexican Spiced Salmon that I mentioned above. In this recipe, Blue Apron livened up pan-seared salmon with a dry rub of Mexican spices. And the crispy salmon filet was served over a salad of black rice, avocado, orange, and toasted pepitas. Mmm! It was quite the combination of flavors and textures!
Also on the menu was Seared Chicken & Mashed Potatoes with Maple-Glazed Carrots, which Quinn helped me make using his screwdriver. Ha!
We really loved this meal. I mean, pure maple syrup as a glaze for carrots? Heavenly. And combined with a little butter and lemon juice, they were the perfect balance of sweet and savory. And, of course, the maple-glazed carrots made a wonderful addition to the seared chicken, mashed potatoes, and a rich pan sauce. Mal was especially obsessed with this comfort food meal!
The final recipe, Lebanese Lamb & Beef Arayes with Roasted Broccoli & Labhen, taught me a couple of new cooking techniques that I definitely see myself using in the future. It was also a dish that I wouldn’t normally make, so it definitely expanded our usual rotation of recipes.
We roast broccoli all the time in our house, but I usually cut the big head into smaller florets and then toss them in olive oil before cooking. The Blue Apron recipe instructed me to half the large pieces of broccoli and then just drizzle them with olive oil on the baking sheet, which made the prep so much easier. I know it’s just a little thing, but anything to speed up dinnertime is a win in my book!
Making the arayes was also a new-to-me technique as well as a fast and effective way to cook meat in a flatbread sandwich. The recipe used ground lamb, but now that I know this cooking method, the options are endless. Ground turkey with Swiss and caramelized onions? Ground beef with cheeseburger ingredients? Oh, yes, there are lots of tasty options!
Another winning meal! The arayes were baked to perfection and the blend of spices was interesting and quite mouthwatering!
Questions of the Day
What’s your favorite type of fish? How do you typically prepare it?