Six Great Ideas For Quick and Easy Weeknight Salmon Dinners


2Fish is one of the most versatile and easiest foods that can be prepared and cooked. While it may take a while to learn how to cook salmon if it is not boneless, other fish species, including de-boned salmon, are relatively hassle-free to whip up. Besides being the more heart health-conscious alternative to red meat, cold-water fish species have high content of Omega-3 essential fatty acids, those compounds necessary to keep cholesterol levels down and inflammation at bay.

Two servings of 150 grams each of fish per week are sufficient to maintain cardiovascular health, as well as obtain the other nutritive values of fish. Below are some great ideas on quick and easy-to-prepare fish recipes for weeknight dinners. Whether cooking for a family, for two or one’s self, these “fishy” ideas can turn into delicious and highly nutritious meals.

Salmon: King of Fishdom

Turmeric, sweet green and red bell peppers, grated ginger and honey-mustard sink deep into salmon fillets as a marinade that turns them tender, moist, and fragrantly caramelised when broiled. Try this simple, appetising Spicy Salmon in Mustard Sauce with kale in hoisin sauce, spinach made with red onions and sliced cabbage in vinaigrette or sautéed chard in garlic with fresh ground pepper and a dash of lemon juice.

If you would rather have salmon pan-seared, rub the fillets first with a cayenne pepper, sea salt and brown sugar rub. Pan-searing salmon fillets on high temperature will brown them like Cajun-style “blackening.” Serve them with jalapeño-pineapple-mint relish with a dash of lime juice and a teaspoon of chopped cilantro. This relish can even be an accompaniment to tortilla or sweet potato chips.

Dependable Tuna

Sandwiches are not the only result from tuna. There are also tuna steaks. A dash of low-sodium soy sauce, freshly ground pepper, and some sesame oil give grilled Sesame Tuna and Spicy Coleslaw a strong Asian flavour that’s surprisingly delectable. Remember that fresh tuna should be cooked medium-rare to bring out its sweet, natural flavour. As for the coleslaw, make it Asian as well by combining shredded cabbage with pungent Thai fish sauce, a dash of fiery sriracha and apple cider vinegar. This is one fish dinner that’s high in protein but low in fat and calories.

While you’re on Asian cuisine mode, go Japanese with Tuna Steak Glazed with Ginger and Wasabi. A 5-minute marinade of grated ginger, a pinch of wasabi, some brown sugar, a dash of low-sodium soy sauce, and minced garlic and another 5 minutes to pan-sear the tuna steaks and you have fish with an unbelievable texture that can only be described as “melt-in-your-mouth.” Serve this with soba noodles, some sake, and those finger-licking good mochi balls for dessert.

There’s Something Special About Swordfish

Fish also has “special occasion” moments when species such as swordfish is served. Somehow, it manages to impress guests and family alike. Swordfish ala Siciliana is reminiscent of the traditional home cooking of Sicilian homemakers with its wonderful blend of sweet and savoury sauce made from stewed tomatoes, black and green olives, chopped almonds, raisins, and fresh orange juice. You simply grill swordfish steaks and serve them with the sauce, which could also be delicious served with porkchops, grilled steaks or roast chicken.

Swordfish is an excellent choice for the grill because of its firm flesh. Marinate chopped swordfish pieces in low-sodium soy sauce, rosemary, thyme, lemon juice, freshly ground black pepper, and minced onions for 30 minutes and then grill them on skewers alternately with sweet green bell peppers, pearl onions, and cherry tomatoes. All you need for this weeknight dinner are a bottle of Chardonnay and some fruit compote as a reward for a hard day’s work.

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My name is Katy Cavallero from Toronto, ON Canada and a part time photographer. Being a good photographer is definitely not easy. I also joined the staff of a business magazine which was based in London and became a corporate photographer. During free time, I create blogs and post contents related to foods. It is my pleasure to share valuable information, knowledge and tips to this blog community.

Words Revisited


We often hear some words and before we know it, we start using them and they become an integral part of our vocabulary, simply because we never stopped for a moment to actually think about what we’re saying. Most probably this will offend some people but those that can read with their cognitive dimensions will somehow relate to what I have to say.

We have been so keen on being so politically correct in every word we use, but did we ever stop to consider who’s dictating what’s politically correct and what’s not? Aren’t they the same people that introduced the political incorrectness, the ones correcting what once was incorrect?

For instance, let me start with the word “African American” what are we trying to say here? You’re not 100% American? Or you’re American by citizenship only? What makes a white person “American” without being labeled as “European American” or “something American”. After all, less than 300 hundred years ago, there were no Americans. People were flocking from all over the world, and almost all of the current residents of the United States of America know exactly what country they originated from, yet they’re white and Americans, but for the sake of being politically correct, we use the word “African American” even for those that have never stepped a foot in Africa and most probably will never. So when we say African American, how many of us are aware that Africa is a continent and it has several Arabic speaking countries. So are we labeling them as Arabs, or it is Africa the non-Arab speaking part? This isn’t my fight… I am simply saying: stop trying to be politically correct especially when you’re doing no one a favor.

As for the second word, which I really have a hard time understanding, is “Anti-Semite.” Anti is the opposite of pro, and Semite surely we all know what its meaning, or do we? Unfortunately, I would have to say that the majority of people have no clue what Semite means, and it is being used randomly to the extent that in many cases it stopped making any sense. I won’t try to be politically correct on this subject as much as I will try to be “historically correct”. History plays an important role in shaping our behavior, with that being said, history can be distorted to achieve certain gains, nonetheless those that are seeking the truth can and will find it. The way I see it, you have two choices, the first is “monkey see, monkey do” which is not the most reliable source and the second one is “Monkey hears, monkey intrigued, monkey investigates, and monkey reaches answers” . I think I like the latter one best.

So what does history tell us? In a nutshell, Noah who is known for his ark and the flood, jump started human life, otherwise we wouldn’t exist today. Noah had three sons, Japheth, Shem (A.K.A Sem or Sam), and Ham. The figure of interest is Sem because that’s where it all started. The Semites are practically the descendants of Sem. So who are those people? Are those people of only one specific faith? Or are they genealogically the descendants of that person of whom they happen to carry his name? Logically speaking, it should be the genealogy which means that his descendants could be of any faith or even faithless if that’s what they have chosen. One primary interesting fact is that Arabic and Hebrew are both considered to be two of the Semitic languages, and people from the Middle East are mainly of Semitic origin. So the next time the word anti-Semitic is being used against a middle eastern stop and think what is really being said here “you are anti-you.”

Why is “Fat” so offensive and “Skinny” not? Just like an overweight person finds it difficult to lose weight, a skinny person finds it difficult to put on weight. In some countries being overweight is a sign of wealth, where food is abundant, whereas being skinny is no more than being poor. How could you explain to a person that you envy him or her for having such a skinny figure in those places? Again, stop for a moment and think about what you’re saying. Now if you are living in your own cocoon and your politically correct and incorrect terms apply only to your surrounding then you are in for a big surprise. Borders tend to be static, but the world is dynamic far more than you can imagine.

— Raghid Khalil

The Versatile Blogger Award


We are very honored and appreciative for being nominated  for the Versatile Blogger award. We would like to thank everyone that has passed through our blog and enjoyed our articles, left comments, shared our page and followed us.

We would like to thank FitnessLovingMom for nominating us.

The rules for the award are:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them in your post.
  2. Share 7 things about yourself.
  3. Pass the award on to 15 more bloggers that You enjoy.
  4. Contact the bloggers that you have chosen to let them know that they have been nominated!

Here are 7 things about us:

  1. We are originally from Lebanon.
  2. I was born in Liberia, and my husband was born in Beirut, Lebanon.
  3. I love working out (cycling, boot camp, running)… My husband loves playing Call of Duty on his Xbox 360.
  4. We are Windows Phone 7 users 🙂
  5. We like to travel.
  6. We like to watch movies.
  7. We love sushi.

The 15 bloggers that we want to nominate for this award are as follow:

  1. FitnessLovingMom
  2. Bucket List Publications
  3. BermudaOnion
  4. inpursuitofmore
  5. ediliociclostile
  6. l’armoiredelana
  7. ginosblog
  8. chicquero
  9. underjuiced
  10. stay healthy with Samantha
  11. eat cake and loose weight
  12. alternate economy
  13. mary, mary
  14. creaturewiththeatombrain
  15. cut the crap movie review

Thank you again…

— Raghid & Rasha Khalil

My Four Day “Juice Fast”


I previously posted a blog on “The Gerson Therapy” where I have mentioned that I watched five documnetaries about health and its relation to food.

I decided to try the “juice fast” that was mentioned in the documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead directed by Joe Cross. It was inspiring how the two characters lost weight and got their health back with the “juice fast”. They fasted for 60 days which I will not undergo. I decided on only 4 days. I knew that the first day was going to be hard, like any other hard thing you go through when you face change. But I learned that I should embrace change and go with it because through the journey you learn new things about yourself. You grow in the process without even realizing.

I personally want to detox my body and give it a break from all the food that I am consuming. I am an avid gym-aholic. I exercise daily and try to eat healthy. I did an extensive research for juice recipes, vitamins and minerals present in vegetables and fruits. I wanted to make sure that I got my daily requirements of all the nutrients required for staying safe. Here are my juice fast logs for the four days.

Day 1:

I drank a couple of cups of water and an apple-carrot juice in the morning before heading to work. A few hours passed and I started to get this huge headache from the caffeine withdrawal. I got myself a cup of green tea and continued with my work. At noon I drank a cup of already prepared carrot juice and enjoyed its quenching and soothing taste on my palate. Time passed quickly at work and it was time to head back home. I got home and prepared my green detoxifying juice of the day: 1/2 beet, 6 leaves of kale, half a lemon, thumb of ginger, an apple and a cucumber. This juice just filled my body with energy as soon as I had it. Might as well use this energy, I headed to the gym and ran for 30 minutes. After a soothing shower my sweet tooth was starting to nag on me so I prepared a pear and apple juice. I did not know that it was this sweet and satisfying. I enjoyed the rest of my night with my husband watching TV and headed to sleep feeling like I have triumphed in an olympic competition and earned the gold medal and took it home with me.

Day 2:

I did not have work today. Did an orange and clementine juice in the morning. Such a rush of energy and sweetness. The foam in the juice and the satisfying  aroma and taste where exhilarating. It was as if I had orange juice for the very first time. I kept myself busy throughout the day. Had a blackberry and grape juice as a snack. Got my mean green juice and apple-carrot-celery juice for lunch. I wanted to get some beta-carotene into my system so I prepared a sweet potato-celery-apple and ginger juice. Some of the many effects of beta-carotene are: prevent headaches, heartburn, high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, and slows down the ageing process.  For dinner I fixed myself a grape-clementine-pear juice. I felt clean inside out. The energy level  I had was impressive. Looked forward to day 3.

Day 3:

Woke up excited to have the orange and clementine juice of the morning. I felt like a kid waiting for their snack their mom promised to give after having eaten all their food. It tasted so good and succulent that I still am in awe with how my taste buds are responding. I had my friend over and I offered her a carrot juice. I followed my morning juice with a clementine, grapes, apple, and sweet potato juice. I did some toning exercises in the afternoon and quenched my thirst with a cup of carrot-celery juice. At night my husband and I went to the movies, but before heading off I prepared my mean green juice for the night. I felt that things are becoming easier. Lost 2 kg already. Day 4 is next to test my will to carry on.

Day 4: 

Got a grapefruit juice in the morning and started off my Saturday with chores and a visit to the farmers market for fresh produce. Got my noon carrot-celery juice. In the evening I prepared a green juice. Got hungry at night so I fixed myself an orange-grape juice and headed off to bed feeling clean inside out.

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All in all I would definitely repeat this “juice fast” from time to time. I felt that my body took the break it needed. The weight that I have lost (2+kg) got my spirit up and my stamina to continue a healthy approach to living. I tested my will and my perseverance. Through the four days I realized how lucky and unappreciative we might tend to be for what we have in life. We take things for granted and assume it is our right to have what we have. I recommend the “juice fast” because it puts you back on the ground, it opens your spiritual wings and shows you that you should eat to live and not live to eat. You should appreciate what you have and give thanks.

Try it and test your limits.

— Rasha Nasser Khalil

Polticians


What scares you the most?

Drugs,  Alcohol,  Trafficking, Crimes, etc..

Politics! That’s what scares me the most.  We have our beloved politicians, that we run to the voting booths all over the world to elect the best ones to represent us. But doesn’t it scare you to know that drug dealers, traffickers and criminals have the same right to vote? doesn’t it creep you out, to know that the politicians you have elected to represent you and whom you have identified yourself with, have also been elected by those you are trying to eliminate?

From the way I see it, our politicians are a subset of both the “frightened voter” and the “feared voter”.  I wonder who has more influential power.

Let me put it this way; we still have drug dealers, trafficking is still ongoing, criminals are everywhere and of course alcohol has been legalized after years of war against “Al Capone”.

Something to think about.

— Raghid Khalil

Exorcism


Exorcism…. A scary subject. It has driven people insane for centuries … or has it ? I am about to give out a couple of scenarios and hopefully you can see where I am going with this.

Scenario 1:
You get up one day and you come to realize that every news channel on earth, not only in your city but all over the world, is reporting the same exact news, “An extremely dangerous and hungry lion has escaped from a zoo, City: Unknown, Country: unknown, Continent: unknown. Take extreme precaution, you have been warned”. At that point, I can imagine every human being on earth freaking out; people might even lock themselves at home until they hear more precise news.

Scenario 2:
Same news being reported on all news channels across the world, but this time, we know that the escapee lion is in North America, within the United States of America, the state of Massachusetts, and the city of Boston to be more precise. At this rate, we will see people panicking, but it will be more contained within the borders of Boston, whereas everyone else across the globe will pursue their everyday normal activity without almost any fear of being devoured by the Lion.

I hope those two scenarios have somewhat paved the way to my following discussion.

drawn by Jeff York, Horror Movie Examiner

We sometimes hear that a person, child or adult, male or female has been possessed. Isn’t it more like my second scenario, whereby now not only do you know the exact city the devil is in, but also the exact body he has decided to limit himself within? Usually when this happens, somehow they tie down the body too.

Now, think of the remaining 6,999,999,999 people on earth. They can go on living their normal life with no fear what-so-ever of Satan. They know where he is? They know he’s tied down? All they have to do is simply keep him there, and one way or another show gratitude to the possessed person by saying “Thank you for taking one for the team”.
From a business perspective, I am not sure why Satan would go about doing the possession thing? Instead of sticking to my first scenario, instilling fear in all 7 billion people, why would he limit himself within one body? And even when he is exorcised out of it, the previously possessed person will also turn against him for misusing his or her body and might even sue him.

Something to think about…

P.S: Needless to say, this article is not based on research, it is intended purely for humor.

— Raghid Khalil

Zombies, Ignorant or Illiterate



Zombies, Ignorant or Illiterate.

I had to give out three options, but in reality there are only two, because if you think about Illiteracy, it really doesn’t fit in. In our blogs we are targeting people primarily that are on Facebook and other social networks. Of course to have an online account in any of the social networks one would be required to have a username and a password, which by default defies ones inability to read and write.

So you’re off the hook in a way. But that would only push you closer to being an ignorant or a Zombie.

Zombies, on the other hand, have not been proven to be real, which is a shame because many would mentally fit right into that description. Unfortunately, since we’re not looking at things in the literal term, we have to flush down that idea as well.

I guess we’re left with the last item on our menu handpicked from a wide selection of synonyms, “The ignorant”. Before I proceed, you must understand that not everyone is fortunate enough to earn this title, after all you have to work really hard for it. It really doesn’t choose you, but you do.

For all those that have been reading our blogs in secret or openly, we truly thank you. But above all, to the ignorant ones that have been purposely avoiding a mental stimuli, I must thank you more than anyone else, because whether you know it or not, you just gave us another idea for a blog, and I dedicate it to you.

It’s a shame you won’t know about it, because most probably you won’t read it.

Raghid Khalil