Saturday, July 26, 2014

Grilled Veggies, Baby Arugula Salad, and Salmon

The very top photo is my baby arugula growing in a pot next to my house, thus when I need to make a quick salad, I do not have to run in the backyard to my garden. Someone has been digging in it. I cut what I need and it grows back. Later today I will plant more seed in the dug out area of the pot.

I lightly coated the salmon with a bit of oil, a very tiny coating before placing the pieces, skin side down on the grill. I love Costco's Copper River Wild salmon - I buy a big slice and cut it up. When I have lots of company, I buy a whole salmon at Costco and grill the entire fish, very impressive for my nephews!

 However, I grill my vegetables first until tender and then take them off the grill before cooking the salmon as I am always afraid of contaminating something, having been trained as a microbiologist over 40+ years ago!

Try to get an assortment of colored vegetables to grill. My theory is if we have a variety of colors, it is healthier than our entire dinner plate being of one single color, like all brown. My middle sister used
to give this advice to her family when eating out, order a "colorful plate," not all "brown food," for

The vegetables include sweet potatoes, vidalia onions cut in half, zucchini, and yellow squash. I had cut the squash into strips as the eggplant was cut into circles. My husband dislikes eggplant, but will eat anything from the grill.

While the food was cooking, my sister and I enjoyed hummus and blue chips on the deck.

I make humus and baba ganoush (eggplant hummus) too, but these are subjects for another post.

In regard to grilling salmon, I put it on the hot grill skin side down, reduce the heat to about #2 on my grill, cover, and leave it alone for about 10 minutes, perfect every time! Of course, I cleaned any remaining scales off the skin before placing on the grill and I do wash my fish in cold water as do not like seeing scales. The skin holds the fish together and I do not mind if any of the skin sticks to the grill.

I have to use a timer as do not want to eat undercooked fish and hate overcooked salmon.

The most wonderful part of grilling out is "NO pots and pans."

Wonder what I will grill tonight?

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