30 mins

Cajun Salmon with Red Pepper Coulis over Cheesy Grits and Spinach

What an elegant dinner for a weeknight! And it only takes 30 minutes if you time it right. And here's how... first get your coulis simmering while your grits are cooking and then grab your cast iron pan for the salmon. When you sit at the table, you'll think you're....
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Cajun Salmon with Red Pepper Coulis

SERVINGS : 4 PEOPLE PREP TIME : MINUTES

Ingredients

  • 1 pound salmon
  • 1 teaspoon cajun seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 scallions (green onion), sliced
  • Red Pepper Coulis
  • 3/4 cup jarred roasted red bell pepper, drained and lightly chopped
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup chicken stock
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Directions

  • Prepare the coulis first. In a small pot, combine all ingredients and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Once the liquid is reduced by about half, remove from heat transfer to a blender or food processor (or use your blender stick) and blend until smooth (it will not be creamy or thick).
  • While coulis is simmering prepare the snapper.
  • Sprinkle salmon with Cajun seasoning (go lightly for kid pieces).
  • In a heavy pan or cast iron pan, heat oil over medium high until it shimmers.
  • Sauté fish for about 4 minutes, then flip and cook another 4 minutes.
  • Depending on the thickness of your fish, you may need to cover the pan, reduce the heat to medium low, and continue to cook until the flesh is no longer pink inside and flakes with a fork.
  • Serve the fish topped with Red Pepper Coulis and sprinkled with green onions.

Nutrition per serving

Calories: 233kcal | Carbohydrates: 2.1g | Protein: 22.6g | Fat: 14.4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 279mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 0.7g |

Cheesy Grits

SERVINGS : 4 PEOPLE COOK TIME : MINUTES

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup instant grits
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
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Directions

  • Bring water to a boil.
  • Add grits, stir to combine, and let cook for 5-7 minutes until thick.
  • Remove from heat and add butter and cheese. Stir until melted and combined.

Nutrition per serving

*You can also use stone ground grits, but you will need to adjust cook time to about 45 minutes.

Wilted Spinach

SERVINGS : 4 PEOPLE COOK TIME : MINUTES

Ingredients

  • 20 ounces baby spinach
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
Servings:

Directions

  • Heat butter in a large bottomed, high sided pan.
  • Add as much spinach to the pan as you can and toss. When it wilts, add more.
  • Toss all until just wilted (not completely shriveled), remove from heat and season with salt and pepper.

Nutrition per serving

Serving Size 117g Calories 52 Fat 3.3 Carbs 4.1 Fiber 2.5 Protein 3.3.

NOTES

KID NOTE: Go lightly on the cajun seasoning and serve the coulis on the side.
VEGETARIAN TIP: Substitute a soft fried egg for the salmon. Saute chopped mushrooms and zucchini until tender and fold into the blended coulis.
GLUTEN MODIFICATIONS: Make sure your cajun seasoning is gluten free.

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