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Lemon Caper Baked Salmon
Garlic Parmesan Potatoes
Asparagus
Strawberries & Banana Cream

Heart-healthy salmon is a delicious mildly-flavored pink fish packed with great nutrition. We’ve baked this salmon with the wonderful Italian flavors of capers and lemons.  A mayonnaise mixture applied to the salmon keeps it moist while baking and the bread crumb topping offers a nice crunchy texture. The baked salmon accompanied with flavorful garlic parmesan potatoes, steamed asparagus and a dessert of strawberries with banana cream makes a colorful, healthy Italian-inspired family meal.

Lemon Caper Baked Salmon

Ingredients:

  • 1 – 1-¼ lb. Salmon fillet, skin removed
  • 2 Tbsp. Mayonnaise
  • 1-2 tsp. Capers
  • 1 tsp. Lemon zest
  • ¾ cup Panko bread crumbs
  • Lemon wedges
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

salmon

Directions:

Preheat Oven to 425 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and spray lightly with cooking spray.  Wash salmon under cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Slice salmon into 4 serving pieces (for smaller children, cut a serving piece in half for their portion).

Mince capers and add them to a bowl with the mayonnaise and lemon zest. Mix well.  Brush both sides of the salmon pieces with the mayonnaise mixture.

Pour bread crumbs onto a plate. Working one piece at a time lay each piece of salmon into the crumbs and press gently. Turn the salmon over and press again. Place the crumb coated salmon on the baking sheet.

Once all of the salmon pieces are breaded and on the baking sheet, place the sheet in the oven on the highest rack (closest to your broiler). Bake 10 minutes. Turn broiler on high and allow the bread crumbs to brown (watch them closely, so as not to burn them). Remove the baking sheet from the broiler.

Garlic Parmesan Potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. 4 oz. Mini yellow or red potatoes
  • 1 can (14 oz.) Chicken broth
  • 3 Tbsp. Butter
  • 1 Tbsp. Italian parsley, chopped
  • 1 Garlic clove, minced
  • 1-2 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh Ground Pepper and Salt, to taste

potatoes

Directions:

Wash potatoes and place in a large saucepan with the chicken broth.  If broth does not cover potatoes, add water until potatoes are covered. Bring to a boil over high heat.  Cover, turn down heat and simmer for 15 minutes until a fork slides easily into the potatoes.

Remove from heat. Drain off the broth leaving the potatoes in the pan. Add the butter, parsley and garlic to the pan. Cover and set aside to let the butter melt.

Asparagus

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. Asparagus
  • Butter, Salt and Pepper, to taste

grilled asparagus

Directions:

Snap ends off the asparagus spears and discard the ends.  Wash the asparagus under cold water. Steam the asparagus for 3-4 minutes (stovetop or microwave) until fork tender. Add butter, salt and pepper, to taste.

Berries N’ Banana Cream

The heart shape of sliced strawberries is a festive ending to a Valentine’s Day Dinner. A layer of banana cream below the strawberries is a delicious sweet surprise.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup Ricotta cheese
  • 1 tsp. Lemon juice
  • 1 Banana, peeled and sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. Milk
  • 2 Tbsp. Honey
  • 11½ cups Strawberries, rinsed and sliced

Directions:

In a food processor or blender, combine all the ingredients except the strawberries. Puree until very smooth (about 2 minutes). Serve on a dessert plate with banana cream under strawberry slices.