Saturday, June 10, 2023

What’s for dinner?

Bailey Woodean
Bailey Woodean
I have been a freelance writer for more than 4 years, a mom for more than 2 years, and a wife for just under a year. I am currently a student in a cooking and catering program with the intention of expanding my knowledge of the culinary business. I then plan to take this knowledge to properly write about and critique restaurants and food. Writing to you from Niagara Falls, NY, thanks for joining me on the ride!
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Savory poached Mediterranean salmon, air fryer Brussels sprouts and seasoned rice!

Poached Salmon

Poached Salmon


  • 4 (6-oz.) skinless salmon fillets
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 c. dry white wine
  • 1 c. water
  • Few sprigs fresh dill, plus more for serving
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed
  • Lemon wedges, for serving


  1. Season salmon on both sides with salt and pepper. In a shallow pan over medium heat, bring wine, water, dill, and garlic cloves to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer.
  2. Add salmon fillets and let simmer, covered until cooked through 10 minutes. Remove salmon carefully with a fish spatula or large slotted spoon.
  3. Serve with fresh dill and lemon wedges.

I chose to follow this recipe but I used a pre-seasoned fillet of salmon with Mediterranean seasoning already on it. The salmon came out perfectly tender and flavorful.

Roasted Garlic Lemon Broccoli


  • 2 heads broccoli, separated into florets 
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil 
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, toss broccoli florets with the extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, pepper, and garlic. Spread the broccoli out in an even layer on a baking sheet.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until florets are tender enough to pierce the stems with a fork, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove and transfer to a serving platter.
  4. Squeeze lemon juice liberally over the broccoli before serving for a refreshing, tangy finish.
Poached Salmon

You may notice that this is a recipe for roasted broccoli instead of air fryer Brussels sprouts. Well, unfortunately, I had to quickly come up with a plan B when my broccoli head was unusable. I had intended on pairing the salmon with this recipe though so I wanted to make sure that I included it.

My plan B

Luckily, I had a bunch of Brussels sprouts handy. I cleaned them and threw them in the air fryer for about 15 minutes. While they paired well with the salmon and rice, I hope to make this broccoli recipe next time I have some on hand.

Long grain rice

The rice was probably the easiest part of tonight’s dinner. I simply pulled out a Ready to Serve package of long grain and wild rice. By doing this I was able to focus more on making my salmon perfectly tender and I was able to quickly come up with the Brussels sprouts as my plan B. I may consider myself a “make it from scratch” type of mom but even I get busy and look for easy dinner solutions such as this.

Making this rice could not be more simple.

  1. Squeeze pouch to distribute the rice
  2. At either the top right or top left notch of the pouch, tear partially across the top for venting
  3. Stand pouch with the opening toward the top in the microwave and heat on HIGH for 90 seconds.

My family and I are very fond of these easy rice packets and they easily pair with so many different meals. However, I do not recommend eating the entire package yourself in one sitting. The entire package contains 440 calories, 1170 mg of sodium and 87g of carbohydrates.

Poached Salmon

As a whole, this meal is a healthy, filling, and flavorful meal that is happily enjoyed by my family and myself often.

I highly recommend salmon for its vast nutritional benefits including Omega-3 and good fats.

It is no surprise that both broccoli and Brussels sprouts offer endless nutritional benefits including fiber, vitamins, and minerals that are essential to the body.

Finally, the long grain and wild rice packet may contain a ridiculous amount of sodium but, if consumed in small portions and within moderation I believe it can also serve the body well!

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