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Easy Herb and Parmesan Baked Salmon

This is a super easy way to prepare salmon! Brush with a little olive oil, fresh herbs, some cheese and bake! Even my kids loved it (to my surprise, because they have not been fans of fish lately) – win win! 🙂

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Ingredients

  • 1lb slab of salmon
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Some sprigs of fresh herbs (I used thyme and oregano), torn
  • Handful of parmesan cheese (omit if strict paleo)

Directions

  • Oil baking dish
  • Add salmon and brush lightly with oil
  • Sprinkle fresh herbs on salmon
  • Top with cheese
  • Bake @ 350 for 25-28 minutes

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Smoked Salmon Dip

This is a classic Smoked Salmon Dip with a hint of lemon juice and chopped dill – delicious as an appetizer, great dish to bring to a party, and it can be dressed up or down. Serve with cut vegetables, crackers, or toasted baguette!

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Ingredients

  • 8oz cream cheese
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh dill
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 4 oz smoked salmon, chopped and divided
  • Dill springs (for garnish)
  • Serve with fresh cut vegetables, crackers or toasted bread

Directions

  • Combine first three ingredients in a food processor
  • Add half of the salmon and process until smooth
  • Fold in remaining half of salmon
  • Garnish with dill sprigs
  • Yields 12 servings

Super mom tip: This dip makes very well ahead of time. Simply cover and refrigerate a day in advance.

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Scandinavian Shrimp Pie

Scandinavian shrimp pie – a delicate blend of flavors – eggs with cream cheese, chopped fresh dill, and a golden toasted cheese topping!

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Ingredients

  • 1 frozen pie shell (I use a gluten free version)
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked shrimp (I get small salted frozen shrimp)
  • 1/4 cup (2 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cheese (mozzarella, parmesan, Havarti or fontina work well)
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh dill

Directions

  • Beat eggs, add cream cheese and milk and beat until well blended
  • Put shrimp in pie shell, sprinkle with dill and pour egg/milk mixture over
  • Top with cheese
  • Bake at 375 for ~50 minutes or until knife inserted in middle comes out clean

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Hot Artichoke and Crab Dip

We just had our annual Iron Chef party – the challenge was to use ONE of the following ingredients in a dish: crab, chocolate or cranberries. I picked crab and made this dip. Guess who won the iron chef challenge!? Yep, that’s right – Hot Artichoke & Crab Dip! 🙂

This dip is everything you would expect from a hot creamy artichoke and crab dip – plus more! The 1/2 tsp cayenne adds a fabulous kick. Spicy but not too spicy. If you’re not into spice and heat – omit! Definitely not recommended for kids, but a wonderful “grown up” dish. I served this with cucumber and red bell pepper slices, but toasted baguette or pita would be great if you prefer!

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Ingredients

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 clove garlic, pressed
  • 1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts in water, drained and chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked crabmeat
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese + 1/4 cup for topping
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onion + 2 tsps for garnish
  • 1/3 cup chopped red bell pepper + 2 tsps for garnish
  • 1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper

Serve with

  • 1 hot house cucumber, sliced (for dipping)
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced (for dipping)

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C)
  • Combine cream cheese and mayonnaise in a large bowl until smooth; stir in garlic and cayenne. Gently stir artichoke hearts, crab, Parmesan cheese, 1/3 cup green onion, 1/3 cup red bell pepper. Transfer the dip to a 9-inch pie dish and sprinkle top with rest of cheese.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until topping is golden brown and dip is hot, ~30 minutes. Garnish with 2 teaspoons green onion and 2 teaspoons chopped red bell pepper.

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Salmon with Dill Cream

One of our weekly staples is baked salmon as the kids still like and eat it (yay! :)). Salmon and dill are a Scandinavian specialty (think Lox and dill), and the flavors work very well together. Here’s a quick and easy salmon dressing!

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Ingredients

  • 1/4-1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh dill
  • 2-3 Tbsp Fresh lemon juice or till you reach desired consistency
  • 1-2 lb slab of salmon

Directions

  • Whisk together dressing ingredients
  • Lather on slab of salmon
  • Bake for 25-28 minutes
  • Garnish with fresh dill and lemon wedges

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Bouillabaisse

We were in lovely Walla Walla this summer and thanks to the Grandparents, Adam and I got a rare night out while on a trip! We had dinner at Brasserie Four, a fabulous little French restaurant on main street.. Everything on the menu looked excellent and everything we sampled was excellent! I had Bouillabaisse for dinner – fresh seafood in golden saffron, orange, fennel and wine broth – amazing! After some searching and testing I found a recipe from Steamy Kitchen that was a close match. And here it is! Enjoy! 🙂

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Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 leek, white part only, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • peel of 1 orange, orange part only (use vegetable peeler)
  • 3 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped fennel fronds
  • fresh herbs (in any combination): thyme, parsley, oregano (I used 1 tsp each of dry herbs, as I did not have fresh ones at hand)
  • 1/2 teaspoon saffron threads, crushed
  • 3-4 pounds of fish trimmings (heads, bones, tail), shrimp shells (I skipped this as did not have – worked out fine, but the broth was probably less ‘seafoody’ than it could have been)
  • 10 cups water
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • sea salt to taste
  • 3 pounds of assorted fish and shellfish (clams and mussels should be scrubbed clean)

Directions

  • In a large stockpot, heat the olive oil on medium heat. When hot, add in the leek, onion and garlic. SautĂ© for 5 minutes until softened but not brown.
  • Add in the orange peel, tomatoes, fennel, fresh herbs, saffron, fish trimmings, water, wine, salt turn the heat to high and bring to a boil. Then turn the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. Strain the soup into another large pot.
  • Bring the strained soup to a boil over medium high heat. Taste and adjust with additional salt if needed. The soup should be slightly salty (remember we still have unseasoned seafood to add into the soup). Now we’ll cook the seafood, adding in the items that require the most cooking time first. If you have whole lobster tails or large crab claws, add them in first and give them a 2-minute head start. Clams next, then the mussels and extra-large shrimp, lastly the fish, scallops and any smaller shrimp. You want to be careful not to overcook the seafood, so 4-5 minutes max then turn off the heat.
  • Ladle bouillabaisse into each bowl with the seafood and garnish with fresh fennel fronds.

Thanks Steamy Kitchen!

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Pesto Baked Salmon

Baked salmon is one of our weekly staples as the kids both love it (so far! :)). I usually drizzle some olive oil on and bake as is, but a nice variation is to top with fresh pesto and bake it. Easy dinner? Yes please! 🙂

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Ingredients

  • 1lb slab of salmon
  • 1 Tbsp (or more) pesto

Directions

  • Oil baking dish
  • Cover salmon fillet with pesto
  • Bake @ 350 for 25 minutes

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