I walked in the door at 6:15 pm - dinner needed to be on the table by 7:00 pm. Lucky for me, my trusty kitchen assistant (aka my husband) had washed and prepped a large head of broccoli, 2 bunches of red kale and 2 bags of teeny tiny brussel sprouts. Veggies would be a snap. But protein - hmmm a different story. I had originally planned to make roasted chicken for dinner but this clearly was not going to happen. Why was I so late? I had spent the better part of the weekend at The Total Health Show in Toronto so I was way behind on my meal prep for the week...however...I had some new ingredients I was dying to use so off I went assembling them to see if anything would "reveal" itself to me....boy did it ever!
First let me introduce you to the four stars of the show - the Kava Wild Salmon I had come upon at the grocery store earlier in the day, a can of Cha's Organics (chasorganics.com) Lemongrass & Ginger Coconut Milk - yes that's right, infused coconut milk, fresh Turmeric Root out of a jar (!) and Coconut Oil from Nutiva that tastes like BUTTER. Every one of these ingredients deserves a special mention, but for this post let me focus on the first one - the Cha's Organics Lemongrass Ginger Coconut Milk. Let me just deviate from our recipe here for a second to tell you about this product.
To start with, this is not exactly a new ingredient in my pantry, I found this product about a year or so ago shopping at one of my favourite neighbourhood grocery stores (Fiesta Farms for fellow Torontonians). Cha's Organics as a company gives us a lot of reasons to buy their products, everything is organic, they have a robust fair trade program (check out this video on their site: www.chasorganics.com I dare you to remain unmoved at the incredible work that they do in the communities producing their products) and the spices and coconut milk are totally awesome. The infused coconut milk comes in two flavours Curry Masala and the Lemongrass Ginger that I used in this recipe. The beauty of these products is that they give you a huge head start on flavour - key when you are in a rush and a bonus any other time and of course, they are clean as clean can be. Ok, back to our recipe.
I usually roast my salmon but there is a lot to be said for gentler and lower heat methods of cooking to protect the delicate omega 3 fats that are so valuable to our systems - stovetop braising is one such method - I'd never done it before but when inspiration hits... you just have to trust the force.
I am a Holistic Nutritionist, a coach, a mom and a home cook who is passionate about food. I am not a chef so many of these recipes come from my kitchen as I do exactly what you are doing - looking for the easiest and best ways to feed my family healthy meals. Some recipes I have developed for clients, every one of them focuses on whole foods prepared in the healthiest way that I know how. I hope you enjoy them! Cheers!!