Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Easiest salmon recipe ever!

For the longest time my girls would not eat fish. They wouldn't even go for the highly battered, deeply fried, can't even tell if there's any fish in them at all fish sticks that kids are supposed to like. They simply weren't having it!

All of that changed when I found this recipe for salmon in the Everyday Foods magazine. It is delicious! The girls get to help make their own...they love that, and there is minimal clean up...I love that!

This recipe needs only a few simple ingredients. Salmon fillets (6oz each), green beans (trimmed of ends), lemon, capers (rinsed and drained), salt and pepper, and extra virgin olive oil.

I get my salmon frozen from Sams Club. It's always very good and the fillets are the perfect portion size.

Preheat the oven to 400˚. Place each salmon fillet in the center of it's own 16inch piece of parchment paper. 

I set out the parchment with a piece of salmon on each one and from there everyone in the family gets to finish preparing their own meal. 

Top the salmon with green beans.

Everyone has their own way of placing their green beans. That's just fine!

Add lemon zest to taste and a teaspoon of capers. 

Then season with salt and pepper, again to taste, and drizzle each fillet with 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil.

Fold one side of parchment over salmon and roll top and bottom edges together making a sealed packet for the salmon to cook in. The girls like this part and have gotten really good at it.

Place packets on a cookie sheet and place in 400˚ oven for 12-15 minutes.

Remove salmon from packets and serve with a favorite side dish.

This dish gets four thumbs at my house. It is so good and because the salmon cooks in packets there aren't any pots or pans to wash. Bonus!

This meal also helped change my girl's minds about fish! Since trying this salmon recipe they have tried and liked halibut, cod, beer-battered and fried and you could definitely tell there was fish under that batter (yum!) and walleye.

I'm loving that the whole family finally likes fish!


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