Thursday, December 16, 2010

Salmon with sweet potato mash

Nate made this dinner so I can't take the credit for it, but I had to blog it!  He made a pesto walnut salmon on a bed of bok choi and greens, with a side of quinoa with tomatoes and a sweet potato, turnip and carrot mash.  It was really realllly good!

I don't know all the details of how he made it, but here is the general idea, and he can comment if I get something wrong.  For the salmon, he baked it in the oven, and it looked just like the picture.  Spray a dish with cooking spray, lay down a bed of greens (pretty much anything will work, the bok choi was really good, also I think there was arugula and/or spinach).  Put the salmon on top, add pesto sauce, onions and any other seasonings, then add walnuts on top and bake for 30 minutes or so.

The mash is fairly simple - boil sweet potatoes, turnips and carrots (or any root veggies of your choice).  In this case Nate threw in some sliced ginger while it was boiling.  Then mash everything up with a masher - don't use a hand mixer!  Add in seasonings of your choice and a little milk and butter, and yum!

Nate prepared the quinoa based on package directions, but added some chopped tomatoes in for the whole cooking time, to add a little color and flavor.  Easy, good idea!

It was a great, healthy, filling meal, and there were lots of leftovers.  And it used a lot of CSA veggies!  The sweet potatoes, turnips, bok choi and greens were all from my CSA bag.


  1. Clarification time...

    Salmon was not baked. It was sort of steamed in a pan. Got the pan hot, added oil, onion, and garlic. Laid out a bed of radish greens (the tops of the radishes used in the mash) on top. Topped that with one of the baby bok choy's. Put the salmon on top, with some pesto, parmesan, and walnuts. Covered it, turned it to low heat, and let it do it's thing for about 20 minutes. It gives the salmon a steam bath with moisture from all the veggies below.

    Mash - she nailed it.

    Quinoa - I have no idea what the package says to do, but here's what I did. It's really complicated. Poured some quinoa into a pot, added water to about twice the level of the quinoa. Threw in some leftover tomato. Turned on the heat to boil, then down to simmer once it boiled. Turned off the heat when it was done.

  2. Thanks for the clarifications Nate. I forgot it had been steamed in a pan and not baked. It was definitely turnips and their greens, not radishes though. And I'm glad you can cook quinoa without reading the directions, that is a very manly thing to do! :-)