Pat and I are blessed to have two kids that love to read, so we’re always making trips to the library to load them up with new reading material. I used to have to help them look for books that interest them, but now they are old enough that they do their own looking without any assistance, which allows me time to do some browsing myself (Yay!). Recently, during this much anticipated “me time”, I stumbled upon a new-to-me cookbook by Curtis Stone: “What’s for Dinner?: Delicious Recipes for a Busy Life”. Um, did he just read my mind? Busy life? Yes and yes! I checked it out, earmarked pages and cooked a few recipes. This healthy Salmon with Spinach and Tomato Orzo has quickly become a family favorite.
The original recipe calls for pine nuts, but a half cup of those buggers was a little rich for my budget, so I substituted pistachios, and they added the perfect crunch to the salad. Fresh tomato, spinach and basil anchor the orzo, and a simple but tangy red wine vinaigrette brings all of the salad flavors together. Top the orzo salad with a simply grilled piece of salmon and a hint of salty feta, and you have a restaurant-worthy meal that tastefully keeps those healthy eating resolutions intact.
Where do you get most of your family’s favorite recipes? Friends? Cookbooks? Or just wicked good cooking skills?