Friday, January 1, 2016

Lemon Garlic Baked Salmon

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season, and ate all the cookies.  I'm not big on New Year's resolutions, but all the treats I've been eating for the past month have been making me feel a little sluggish.  When I saw a one day "cleanse" I thought I'd give it a try.  Loosely, it called for drinking hot lemon water first thing in the morning, a Glowing Green Smoothie for breakfast, Ginger Lemon Cayenne Detox tea and vegetables for lunch and dinner.

My day went like this:
First thing after my run: Hot Lemon water - This is a nice way to warm up.  I do this all the time.
Breakfast: Glowing Green Smoothie - I liked it a lot.  Very refreshing and hydrating.  Wished I hadn't baked donuts the night before as they were staring me down on the kitchen counter.
Lunch: Spicy Mulligatawny Soup - I'm pretty sure that's not what they meant by "salad," but I went with it.
Snack: Ginger Lemon Cayenne Detox tea - Zingy and invigorating. It helped with my lingering cough from the epic preschool cold that won't quit.  I gave some of the aforementioned donuts away to my brother in law and told everyone how great my one day cleanse was going.
4PM: Snuggled with the boys for a New Year's Eve movie on the couch.  I'm starving.  James literally pushes a pretzel into my mouth.  I eat several more, cursing the stupid cleanse.
Dinner: Roasted vegetables with tahini sauce.  And the last Godiva.

I think the takeaway here is that I need food, and plenty of it.  However, I loved the Glowing Green Smoothie, and had another one for breakfast today.  Although today I drank it alongside a bagel with cream cheese and lox.  So, instead of starving yourself, eat this delicious salmon.

Lemon Garlic Baked Salmon

1 lb. wild salmon
4 Tablespoons softened butter
Zest of one lemon
One garlic clove, grated or finely chopped
Juice of one lemon

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Prepare a baking sheet with parchment or foil.
In a small bowl, combine butter, lemon zest and garlic.  Spread on salmon.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, until salmon flakes easily with a fork.
Pour lemon juice over salmon after cooking and top with parsley.

And, lest you think that picture above depicts a calm meal while leisurely enjoying this salmon along with a nice glass of wine, here's what dinner actually looks like at our house.


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