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September 8, 2008

It’s not Easy Eating Greens

Filed under: Healthy, Quick cook, Vegetarian — Tags: , , , , , , — peoplewhoeat @ 3:46 pm

Actually, it is with this tasty and simple recipe!  Try this to avoid any Kermit the Frog related complaints at the dinner table.  You can use any kind of greens: kale, chard, collard greens, spinach, brocolli leaves…they’ll all have their own flavor, but will be tasty.  Keep in mind that the greens will melt down to practically nothing, so you need to start with quite a lot to get a decent serving.

For approximately 1/2 pound of greens

2 tbsp. olive oil
a pat of butter
3 cloves of coarsely chopped garlic
2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
chili flakes or cayenne pepper to taste

Warm the olive oil and butter (the blend gives a wonderful flavour, but isn’t necessary) over medium heat and add the greens.  Once the greens are approximately half their original size, add in the chopped garlic and let it sautee, now is also the time to add the spice if you’re using any.  After the garlic has been sauteed, add in the balsamic vinegar, and let it carmelise.  Now turn off the heat and serve.

The result is a wonderful medley of sweet, sour, and spicy flavours.



April 2, 2008

Salmon for the Soul

Filed under: Dinner, Healthy, Light lunch, Quick cook — Tags: , , , , , — peoplewhoeat @ 12:15 am


A nice juicy fish fillet for dinner is one of the best things you can do for yourself because not only will you have a satisfying, delicious meal, fish and shellfish are also famously rich in protein and minerals, and oily fish especially, are rich in omega 3 fatty acids.

These fatty acids are essential to human health but cannot be manufactured by the body. For this reason, they must be obtained from food.  Besides this, its also perfect when you need to fix yourself a meal in a hurry.

While the traditional ‘fish and chips’ is one of the most popular comfort foods in this region, and certainly hits the spot when the cravings surface, a true seafood connoisseur will have none of that. Salmon is without a doubt one of the best offerings from the seafood kingdom and the only way to enjoy its gorgeous flavour is by keeping cooking to a minimum. It should be all about embracing the freshness and rustic essence of its soft, pinkish flesh.

Fool everyone with this simple recipe that not only looks gourmet, but tastes the part as well. The trick is all in its presentation, and as most of the recipes we put up, it can be prepared in no time at all!

Baked salmon on a Bed of Spinach

You will need:

2 salmon fillets

2 handfuls (one for each fillet) of baby spinach leaves/ of roughly chopped regular spinach leaves

A tablespoon of lime or lemon juice, which ever you prefer/have lying around

Half an onion, chopped

3 cloves of garlic, chopped

3 tablespoons of olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste


1. Begin by preheating the oven to 200 degrees Celsius.

2. In a pan, add a tablespoon of olive oil and as soon as the oil is hot, sauté the onions and garlic until slightly browned. They will continue to bake in the oven so its best to not overdo them for now.
3. On a baking tray, lay out two equal sized pieces of foil, each should be big enough to be completely sealed once the salmon fillet is placed in them.

4. With a few drops of olive oil, grease each piece of foil very lightly.  

5.  Next, grab the handful of spinach leaves and lay them on the foil. They should be spread out just enough to act as a base for the salmon fillet.

6. Once the spinach leave shave been laid out, divide the sautéed aromatics equally between the two pieces of foil, placing them on and about the spinach leaves.

7. Finally, place the salmon fillet on the bed of spinach and pour the lemon/lime juice on top of it. Season the fillets with salt and pepper.

8. Seal the foil tightly along all sides and place the baking tray in the oven for about 15 minutes.

9. The fillet should be done if the flesh looks opaque all the way through as shown below. Enjoy!


 Eat well, because life’s too short not to!





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