A Step By Step Guide to Dinner

Good Morning!!!

Today I was going to do another honeymoon re-cap for you, since I have a few more to go, but instead I am going to share with you some more step-by-step recipes.

My friend Lea, who needed the recipe that I posted yesterday for the Red Velvet Cupcakes ,is planning to make a dinner for someone special. πŸ˜‰ I forgot to show you guys what I did with the cupcakes. We did not keep them at the house, we did not need 30 cupcakes…that could be dangerous. So instead I had Craig bring them into work with him, with a message:

They were thank you cupcakes for all of his co-workers for our wedding gift, which was a Keurig. It is definitely our most used wedding gift, as I use it everyday πŸ˜€

See that ‘carosel’ to the left of the Keurig? It is awesome for all of the K-cup flavors! I hated having them stashed away, so this was perfect! (I got it at Bed, Bath & Beyond in case you are looking for one!) Favorite flavor is the Dark Magic, because it reminds me of Starbucks- really strong!

LeaΒ asked me for some help with the recipes since she doesn’t cook much. Of course I was more than willing to help…as you all know, I love to cook πŸ˜€Β I wish that I could actually be there to help her cook the meal, but she is a good 3 & 1/2 hour drive from me :/

Just like the recipe yesterday, these are going to be very step by step. For those of you that are pretty advanced in cooking, you could just overlook the extra instructions & just get to the recipe. πŸ™‚ The dinner that I thought of for Lea was:
Ginger Soy Salmon with Roasted Seasoned Potatos & Greek StyleΒ Green Beans. Remember how I told you one of my previous ‘fear foods’ was salmon, boy was I missing out! Fresh salmon is SO good, it’s one of my favorite foods now.

So here we go….

Before getting to the recipes, there are some things that must be done initially to get ready to make your dinner.

First things first, prep you oven. You will need to make sure that one rack is closest to the broiler, and the other rack is in the middle of the oven.
<– please do not make fun of how dirty the bottom of my oven is, I promise it’s just because I cook alot πŸ™‚

Second, preheat your oven to 425 degrees. This is the temperature that you will need to cook the potatos at.

Third, prep your green beans for the Greek-style green beans. You will need approximately a HALF of a pound of green beans.Β To prep the beans, rinse them off in a colander & then snap off the ends. I also broke each bean in half, just so that they were easier to eat.
<– whole bean<– with the ends snapped off
<–pile of green beans πŸ™‚

Finally, finish up your prepping by cutting up the potatos. First you will have to rinse them, then you can cut them up. You will need a 3 lb. bag of potatos. I actually FINALLY found the purple potatos that I have been searching for, (you know I had to try them, since they were purple πŸ˜‰ ) so I decided to use those. But, you can use regular red potatos or yukon golds, which are MUCH easier to find.
<– PURPLE!
<–Rinse potatos
<–since the potatos are pretty small, you can just cut them into 4’s.

That’s it for the prepping, now time to start with the cooking!

First up–>

Greek-Style GreenΒ Beans
Recipe from Liz

Serves 4

Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (calls for 2, I just used one)
  • 1 cup white onion, chopped (you can chop these yourself, or you can buy them pre-chopped at your local grocery store)
    <– that is my favorite knife to use when chopping veggies
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (I use the kind that is in the jar, that is already minced.- see below)
  • 1/2 lb green beans, rinsed and trimmed
  • 1 can tomatoes, diced (the tomatos that I used are above- just a 14.5 oz. can)
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 6 tbsp lemon juice
  • sprinkle of oregano
  • sprinkle of parsley
  • sprinkle of basil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and pepper, to taste
Directions
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium
    heat. Cook and stir the onions and garlic in the skillet until tender. – takes about 5 minutes, maybe a bit less- just kind of watch them- the onions should almost be clear in color
  2. Mix the green beans, tomatoes, sugar, and salt into the skillet.
  3. Add in the bay leaf (yes, it looks like a real leaf- you can find them in the spice aisle πŸ™‚ ), salt and peper, and Reduce heat to low, and continue cooking 45 minutes, or until beans are soft.

While the green beans are on the stove cooking, it’s time to get the potatos ready!

Roasted Seasoned Potatos
Ingredients:
-3lb. small potatos, cut into 4 pieces
-1 tbsp. rosemary
-1/2 tbsp. garlic powder
-1/2 tbsp. onion powder
-1 tsp. salt
-1/2 tsp. pepper

1. Spray a cooking sheet with cooking spray.
2. Put your cut up potatos on the cooking sheet & then SPRAY THEM WITH COOKING SPRAY. (that’s key to getting them crispy!)

3. Get all of the spices together & then sprinkle the spice mixture over the potatos, then spray them again with cooking spray.

4. Place the potatos in the oven on the MIDDLE rack. Bake for about 30 minutes. (you won’t take them out after 30 minutes, because the will need to bake longer, but you will ADD your salmon to the oven too)

And LAST, but not least, time to get the salmon ready! You will be getting the salmon ready while your potatos are baking.

Ginger Soy Salmon
Ingredients:
-1 lb. – 1 & 1/2 lb. salmon, cut into 4 pieces
-1/8 tsp. ginger
-salt & pepper, to taste (about 1/8 tsp. each)

-1 & 1/2 tbsp. soy sauce
-2 tbsp. honey
-2 cloves garlic (just the minced kind that you can buy in the jar, like in the green beans above)
-1/4 tsp. ginger

1. Take the salmon & put it on a greased cookie sheet. Sprinkle the salmon with the salt & pepper & 1/8 tsp. ginger. (yes, ginger is on the ingredient list twice- SAVE the other 1/4 ginger for LATER)

2. Here is where you REALLY need to keep an eye on what you are cooking. Once the potatos have baked at 425 degrees for 30 minutes, turn the oven to “broil” & let it heat up for about 5 minutes, then place you salmon on the top rack (above the potatos) & broil for abou 7 minutes.
<– KEEP THE POTATOS IN THE OVEN.

3. While the salmon is broiling, combine the remaining ingredients (honey, soy sauce, garlic, & 1/4 tsp. ginger) in a small bowl. Stir to combine.

4. Take the salmon out & then brush (or pour) the soy sauce mixture over the salmon. Put it back under the broiler & broil for another 7- 10 minutes, or until no longer pink.

<–See the pink??? That means that it is NOT done & that you should broil it for a bit longer. (maybe start out with 2 minutes & then keep putting it back it for another minute until it is done. )

The salmon will FLAKE easily when done, as in the picture below:
<–Flakes easily

Now for the whole dinner, all put together…
<–Salmon
<–Roasted Potatos
<–Greek style green beans

And here’s my plate:

I know that there are a lot of steps, but I promise it’s actually an easy meal to make!! πŸ™‚ Not only is it easy, but it is quite tasty, if I do say so myself πŸ˜‰

Lea, here is your meal- I hope you both like it & I hope the steps are easy to follow! Like I said, you can make your dessert, which are the Red Velvet cupcakes the afternoon before he comes over & then start the dinner later. πŸ™‚

Anyways, I hope you guys have a great day! If you try the recipe, please let me know if you like it or what I can fix! Enjoy your day πŸ˜€

If you have a Keurig, what is your favorite flavor??
What is your favorite way to eat salmon?
What is your favorite topping for potatos?
I HAVE to have ketchup! πŸ™‚

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18 Comments

  1. I love my Keurig too!! Did you know they have iced coffee K-cups? I know you can make any cup an iced coffee but I’m anxious to try those. I don’t really have a favorite flavor K-cup – I pretty much like them all : )

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  2. I’m a ketchup gal myself! πŸ™‚

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  3. I’m a ketchup gal’ myself! πŸ™‚

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  4. Look at you and your “how-to” instructions! πŸ™‚

    I LOVE my Keurig! I like the Timothy’s caramel something or other flavor… and the Green Mountain French Toast… but they aren’t very robust roastts!

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  5. Wow that looks so fantastic. I don’t have a Keurig because I drink way too much coffee for it to be worth it for me ha.

    I thought those potatoes were grapes at first. They are so small and cute like little purple grapes ha.

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  6. My favorite potato topping changes based on how the potato is cooked haha- sometimes butter, sometimes ketchup :). My mom has a keurig so I get to use it whenever I come home from school and I love that thing! She stopped buying the flavors though because it was getting to expensive so we just buy coffee from the store and use the canister that you can fill on your own! Hope you have a great day πŸ™‚

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  7. That’s one delicious looking meal!
    My favorite way to eat salmon is with some lemon juice squeezed over it on a bed of spinach! Simple but tasty!

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  8. I know this may sound weird…but I like to top my potatoes with peanut butter! =) It tastes really good =)

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  9. I love salmon as salmon burgers…I had one on Saturday!

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  10. lindsey@ Cardio Pizza

     /  June 21, 2011

    I love salmon as salmon burgers! I had one on Saturday!

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  11. I have been wanting to try those purple potatoes too! I can’t find them anywhere! I love roasting potatoes. πŸ™‚ My favorite Keurig flavor is Island Coconut. So good πŸ™‚

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  12. What a great gift! Love the thank you cupcakes, too cute. I love green beans with tomatoes or red bell peppers. So good.

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  13. What a nice gift! We have a Keurig at work. I prefer DD but I love Keurig’s for the convenience and no fuss factor. Best flavor? PUMPKIN! Seriously, this is limited edition and I suggest ordering lots when it comes out in the fall πŸ™‚

    That meal looks delicious and you broke it down very well! Love the purple potatoes. I was a Northwestern Wildcat so I adore anything purple. I like potatoes with ketchup and cheese. Cheese fries are the best (and healthy too right?)

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  14. I want a Keurig so badly! My mom has one and it is so easy and good!!! πŸ™‚

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  15. I am SO trying this salmon recipe! I’ve been baking mine with nooch, parsley, thyme & rosemary forever and a day, time to switch it up!! πŸ˜€

    My parents back home have a keurig. That’s probably the thing I miss most about living at home πŸ˜‰ haha!!

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  16. I’m not a salmon fan so I’ll pass on that question πŸ˜‰

    As for potatoes — I think that’s the one thing I actually like to have butter on…and pepper, lots of ground pepper..mmmmm

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  17. I’m obsessed with pesto on salmon. And I just like sour cream on my potatoes! and omgosh.. try the mocha for the kureig. my sister has one, and I’m obsessed.

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