Lemon Mint Salmon – 16 Minutes – Quick and Easy

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This Lemon Mint Salmon is our spinoff from the classic Italian chicken filets with lemon and parsley.

But, it’s salmon instead of chicken and it’s mint leaves instead of parsley. Ya got that right?

Nonetheless it’s simple and very good, just like the original, but, in it’s own delicious way.

Salmon is good and good for you so we have it about once a week, for both of those reasons.

Gammy always has a mint plant in a pot out on the deck in the summer and inside on a window sill in the winter. Along with parsley, basil, rosemary, thyme, oregano, sage and on and on. Did I mention that she grew up on a farm?

If you don’t have a mint plant you can get fresh mint leaves in the produce section at your grocery store.

This is a very good, quick and easy way to go for a busy weeknight dinner. And, depending on the side dishes that you serve it with you could have gluten free or paleo.

I’m gonna leave the veggies to you tonight and just focus on the salmon.

Put a skillet on at medium high and swirl in barely enough olive oil to coat the bottom and add the butter.

Pat the salmon filet dry and season the non skin side – or if your filets have been skinned treat the flat side that has a gray stripe on it as the skin side.

First squeeze some lemon juice on the non-skin  side then season with salt, pepper and dried dill weed.

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Put them in the skillet skin side up and cook until you see some white juices showing up.

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Turn them over and squeeze some more lemon juice on and spread the chopped mint leaves on top. Depending on how well done that you want them and the thickness of the filets just cook them about 2-3 minutes a side. If you poke them with a fork and they want to flake they are done.

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Enjoy your healthy, quick and easy Lemon Mint Salmon.

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A nice dry white like a Pinot Grigio is perfect for this occasion.

 

 

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  1. Put a skillet on at medium high and swirl in barely enough olive oil to coat the bottom and add the butter. Pat dry the salmon filet and season the non skin side - or if your filets have been skinned treat the flat side that has a gray stripe on it as the skin side. First squeeze some lemon juice on the non-skin side then season with salt, pepper and dried dill weed.
  2. Put them in the skillet skin side up and cook until you see some white juices showing up. Turn them over and squeeze some more lemon juice on and spread the chopped mint leaves on top. Depending on how well done that you want them and the thickness of the filets just cook them about 2-3 minutes a side. If you poke them with a fork and they want to flake they are done.
  3. Enjoy your healthy, quick and easy Lemon Mint Salmon.
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Baked Chicken Breasts with Hummus – Whole Meal on One Baking Sheet – 30 Min.

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Baked Chicken Breasts with Hummus turned out real good,,, and I don’t like hummus!

But, used like this as a light coating on the Baked Chicken Breasts was a nice new twist on our many ways to use chicken breasts for a quick and easy weeknight meal.

Gammy likes hummus so, yes, there is always some in the fridge. But I never have or want any of it.

Well, I saw this recipe on Google while looking for new ideas for my blog and made it last night. It resulted in the only time, ever, that I enjoyed hummus.

Plus it’s gluten free and gets a green light for paleo.

Just pick any veggies that won’t cook real quickly and get mushy in the oven i.e. peas, spinach, etc.

Turn the oven on set at 450°. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray or wipe it with olive oil.

Cut up the veggies and put them on the baking sheet. Drizzle them with extra virgin olive oil. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic powder and grated parmesan cheese.

Toss it all together with a pair of tongs or just get adventurous and do it by hand. Spread the veggies out flat.

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Salt and pepper both sides of the chicken breasts and lay them on top of the vegetables. Spread a thin coat of your favorite hummus on top of the chicken then…….

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….into the oven it goes. For 15-20 minutes depending on the thickness of the breasts. When they are firm to a finger poke or read at least 170° on a meat thermometer take  the pan out of the oven and serve your Baked Chicken Breasts with Hummus.

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We had our go to chianti with this quick and easy weeknight meal and it all was real good. Hummus not withstanding.

 

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  1. Turn the oven on set at 450°. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray or wipe it with olive oil. Cut up the veggies and put them on the baking sheet. Drizzle them with extra virgin olive oil. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic powder and grated parmesan cheese. Toss it all together with a pair of tongs or just do it by hand. Spread the veggies out flat.
  2. Salt and pepper both sides of the chicken breasts and lay them on top of the vegetables. Spread a thin coat of your favorite hummus on top of the chicken then into the oven it goes. For 15-20 minutes depending on the thickness of the breasts. When they are firm to a finger poke or read at least 170° on a meat thermometer take the pan out of the oven and serve your Baked Chicken Breasts with Hummus.
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Just pick any veggies that won't cook real quickly and get mushy in the oven i.e. peas, spinach, etc.

 

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Easy Chicken Breast Recipe – Twenty Five Minutes

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This Easy Chicken Breast Recipe uses sage which goes along with poultry real well.

My turkey dressing always goes over good and sage is an important ingredient.

Sage can grow just about anywhere except for blazing hot desert and freezing polar weather. Just plant it in the garden or in a pot on a window sill or the deck and let it do it’s thing.

And if you do live inside the Arctic circle or in the Sahara desert or if you just aren’t a plant person dried sage from the spice rack works okay.

Gammy learned growing up on a farm here in Texas that when the sage plants are blooming that means it will rain soon. So far she hasn’t convinced me about that one.

You will make this easy chicken breast recipe like a chef. It’s simple and has only a few ingredients that come together real well.

Instead of a humdrum weeknight supper you and your special squeeze will be able to close your eyes and imagine you are dining out at a fine hillside ristorante in Tuscany.

I put together a scallions – aka green onions – , peas and gnocchi in one skillet while I was doing the easy chicken breast recipe in another skillet. 

Regular old onions or shallots will work instead of scallions, if you like.

If your chicken breasts are frozen put them in the microwave to thaw out. One skillet at medium heat with about 1/8″ of good extra virgin olive oil. Another skillet at medium high with about 2-3 tablespoons of regular olive oil. Just eyeball enough to coat the bottom of the skillet plus a little more.

While the pans are getting hot clean and chop up the scallions – or onions – and put them in the medium heat extra virgin skillet and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper.

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Stir or toss them a few times as they cook.

Salt and pepper the up side of the chicken breasts and put them in their skillet with the seasoned side down and then salt and pepper the new up side.

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While it’s all cooking coarsely chop up the garlic and the sage leaves.

When the scallions just start to get translucent add the peas and the gnocchi. Spread it all out…. 

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……and add enough chicken broth to just barely get up to the top of the gnocchi.

Turn the heat up to medium high until it starts to simmer then lower it to medium. Mix it all together and stir or toss it all a few more times and when the  gnocchi is okay to a nibble test it all is ready to serve.

If the chicken skillet is still busy just lower the heat as low as it can go so the veggies will keep warm.

Give  the chicken breasts about 3-5  minutes a side depending on the thickness. When they are leaking clear liquid and/or are firm to a finger poke or better yet if they read 165° on a meat thermometer they are done.

Remove them to a shallow bowl that will catch the drippings.

Put the butter, lemon juice with the rinds, sage and garlic into the chicken skillet. Using a wooden spoon stir it all together while scraping the bits left from the chicken off the bottom.

As soon as the garlic gets fragrant – about a minute – add the white wine and stir it all up.

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Put the breast and the drippings back in the skillet to warm back up and spoon the liquid and the veggies over the breasts. Turn them over a couple of times through the process. 

You did great!! Some sage advice here – sorry – you and your honey really should finish that bottle of white wine while dining on the results of your easy chicken breast recipe.

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We had a Gammy favorite, surprised?

Santa Margarita Pinot Grigio.

 

 

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  1. One skillet at medium heat with about 1/8" of good extra virgin olive oil. Another skillet at medium high with about 2-3 tablespoons of regular olive oil. Just eyeball enough to coat the bottom of the skillet plus a little more.
  2. While the pans are getting hot clean and chop up the scallions - or onions - and put them in the medium heat extra virgin skillet and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Stir or toss them a few times as they cook.
  3. Salt and pepper the up side of the chicken breasts and put them in their skillet with the seasoned side down and then salt and pepper the new up side. While it's all cooking coarsely chop up the garlic and the sage leaves.
  4. When the scallions just start to get translucent add the peas and the gnocchi. Spread it all out and add enough chicken broth to just barely get up to the top of the gnocchi. Turn the heat up to medium high until it starts to simmer then lower it to medium. Mix it all together and stir or toss it all a few more times and when the gnocchi is okay to a nibble test it all is ready to serve. If the chicken skillet is still busy just lower the heat as low as it can go so it will keep warm.
  5. Give the chicken breasts about 3-5 minutes a side depending on the thickness. When they are leaking clear liquid and/or are firm to a finger poke or better yet if they read 165° on a meat thermometer they are done. Remove them to a shallow bowl that will catch the drippings. Put the butter, lemon juice with the rinds, sage and garlic into the chicken skillet. Using a wooden spoon stir it all together while scraping the bits left from the chicken off the bottom. As soon as the garlic gets fragrant - about a minute - add the white wine and stir it all up. Put the breast and the drippings back in the skillet to warm back up and spoon the liquid and the veggies over the breasts. Turn them over a couple of times through the process.
  6. You did great!! Some sage advice here - sorry - you and your honey really should finish that bottle of white wine with the results of your easy chicken breast recipe.
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Little Italy Garlic Chicken – Butter – Garlic – Parsley – Lemon

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Little Italy Garlic Chicken is…

….Butter, Chicken, Garlic and Parsley plus a little lemon added to it. That is the whole shebang.  

Once again we have a “Quick and easy Recipe for Busy People” that is real real good.

Way back, when we lived in New Jersey we would frequently zip over to Little Italy in Manhattan for dinner.

Our very most favorite restaurant was this little place on Mulberry Street in Little Italy called the Grotto Azzurra aka The Blue Gratto in street speak.

It was opened in 1908 by a family of Italian immigrants and was named after the Blue Grotto on the isle of Capri. Which is just offshore from Naples.

When we were going there it was one level below street level and only had about 10 tables.

Frank Sinatra used to go there when he was in town as did Robert Dinero.  

Whenever we were there there were always a few “mob” looking types that you did not make eye contact with.

When we got in – after a wait in line – the server would immediately – and before any conversation – put a pitcher with some slices of oranges and lemons in it on the table and then pour in a bottle of red wine which then became Sangria. No questions asked, they would just do it for every party that came in.

I would almost always order the Garlic Chicken. It was, like so many good Italian recipes, simple and made with just a few fresh ingredients.

What I was served at the “Blue Gratto” very apparently was chicken thighs – skin on and bone in –  marinated in a garlic and oil mixture for at least a few hours, more likely over night.

Dredged in flour and sautéed in good olive oil with sliced garlic added at the last minute of the frying process. 

It would arrive with the garlic slices spooned over the chicken and topped with some chopped parsley and with just a little taste of lemon. 

It was fantastic!

After dinner we would walk around Little Italy for a little while and find our way around the corner to Ferrara’s Bakery and Cafe and have some of their world class Sfogliatella and/or……

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…..Cannoli

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with their made to order espresso that was brought to the table in the pot that it was made in and if you asked nice and had a history of tipping good a little Sambuca would magically appear in the bottom of your cup.

Forgive me when I say that I think that I have improved a little on the Blue Gratto version of Garlic Chicken….

….well,, for our “Quick and Easy” requirements anyway.

We don’t have time to marinate the chicken like they did at the Blue Gratto so let’s do it like this.

You can get pre trimmed and flattened chicken breasts in the grocery store or you could butterfly your chicken breasts and flatten them a little while wrapped in glad wrap.

For quick and easy I always have some of the pre trimmed version in the freezer and just thaw them out in the microwave.

Put a skillet on at medium high and swirl in enough olive oil to cover the bottom. 

Salt and pepper both sides of the breasts and pan fry them in the skillet for about 4-5 minutes a side.

When the liquid sneaking out of the breasts is clear and/or they are firm to a finger poke remove them to a plate that will catch the drippings.

While the chicken is cooking chop up the garlic cloves or just go with that pre chopped version that you can find in jars in the produce section and chop up the parsley leaves. Have the fresh lemon ready.

Reduce the heat to medium. Add the butter, let it melt and put the garlic in the skillet. Give the garlic just a minute or just until it starts to become fragrant. Put the chicken breasts and the drippings back in, squeeze the lemon juice in and toss in the rind. Turn them and spoon the butter and garlic on them as they warm back up. 

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When the chicken is warm, almost hot to the touch put in the parsley and do a little more of the turning and spooning.

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Serve it up!  Buon Appetito! 

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I put together some sautéed spinach as our veggie tonight and since we had some garlic and good extra virgin olive oil on hand (always) I had some pasta aglio e olio. Gammy eats gluten free so I put together some “spaghetti squash aglio e olio” for her.

 

Santa Margarita Pinot Grigio was our vino of choice to go with our Little Italy Garlic Chicken.

 

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  1. Salt and pepper both sides of the breasts and pan fry them in the skillet for about 4-5 minutes a side. When the liquid sneaking out of the breasts is clear and they are firm to a finger poke remove them to a plate that will catch the drippings.
  2. While the chicken is cooking chop up the garlic cloves or just go with that pre chopped version that you can find in the produce section and chop up the parsley leaves. Have the fresh lemon ready. Reduce the heat to medium. Add the butter, let it melt and put the garlic in the skillet. Give the garlic just a minute or just until it starts to become fragrant. Put the chicken breasts and the drippings back in, squeeze the lemon juice in and toss in the rind. Turn them and spoon the butter and garlic on them as they warm back up. When the chicken is warm, almost hot to the touch put in the parsley and do a little more of the turning and spooning.
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