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Recipe October 2017

Pan-Asian Salmon with Caramelized Bok Choy

Everyone should have this salmon recipe if only for the delicious glaze! By adding the caramelized bok choy and shiitakes or some other green vegetable, you create a new combination for your menu file. And, starting with the lentils as the base ingredient adds a fullness and texture that’s really good. In fact, whenever given the opportunity, make extra lentils because they are so easy to use as leftovers.

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Pan-Asian Salmon with Caramelized Bok Choy

Serves: 4

Ingredients

Simple lentils

  • 1¼ cups water
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken stock
  • ¾ cup lentils
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed

Caramelized bok choy and shiitake

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 large shiitake mushrooms cut into ¼” slices, about ¼ pound or use 32 slices dried reconstituted shiitakes, available in Asian markets
  • 6 baby bok choy bulbs, cut in half lengthwise, about ½ pound
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium chicken stock

Broiled salmon

  • 1 pound salmon fillet, skinned and cut into 4 equal portions
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ¼ teaspoon dry ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon dry ground mustard

Method

Simple lentils

1. Pour water and stock in pot and bring to a boil.
2. Add lentils and garlic, cover pot and reduce to simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until lentils are just tender.

Caramelized bok choy and shiitake

1. Heat oil at medium in large skillet.
2. Sauté mushroom slices until slightly browned both sides, add chicken stock and remove from heat. Continue stirring until stock is fully absorbed and place aside.
3. Return skillet to medium-high heat. When hot, add baby bok choy, cut side down. Cook until slightly brown but not charred (leaves will get darker than the bulb which becomes golden brown).
4. Serve 3 bok choy halves and 8 shiitake slices per serving. Place salmon on top.

Broiled salmon

1. Preheat broiler to highest setting.
2. Combine all ingredients and brush on salmon top and bottom sides.
3. Place salmon on foil then cook under hot broiler for 4 minutes.
4. Serve over caramelized bok choy and shiitake mushrooms, spoon liquid left in foil on top.

Per serving: 392 calories, 42 gm protein, 33 gm carbohydrate, 12 gm fat, 2 gm sat fat, 5 gm mono fat, 52 mg cholesterol, 12 gm fiber, 363 mg sodium

Seasoned Cook

If baby bok choy or shiitakes are not available, substitute pea pods and crimini mushrooms, and simply sauté them.

CHI St. Vincent