Magazine recipe junky, that is what I am. However, I hate clutter, so magazines are quickly discarded with only the pages remaining of the recipes I want to make at some point. There’s a huge stack of pages stuffed in a drawer and I always feel relief when I finally make something. I saw the recipe for Orange Glazed Salmon in Cooking Light a few months ago under the week night dinner category. I knew this would be good, but honestly, this is one of the best recipes I’ve ever made from Cooking Light.

Orange Glazed Salmon with Red Bliss Potatoes and Spinach

The recipe was meant for 4 people, but since I’m only cooking for 2 people, here’s the modified recipe:


  • 4  (6-ounce) salmon fillets (1 inch thick) 4 ounce piece and 6 ounce piece (the BF needs a slightly bigger portion)
  • 1/2  teaspoon  kosher salt 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • Cooking spray
  • 2  tablespoons  minced shallots 3/4 tbsp shallots
  • 1/4  cup  dry white wine 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar (didn’t have wine)
  • 1/2  teaspoon  chopped fresh rosemary (love rosemary didn’t reduce)
  • 3/4  cup  fresh orange juice juice from 1 orange
  • 1  tablespoon  maple syrup 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
Directions can be found here.
Red Bliss Potatoes
2 small potatoes
sea salt
olive oil spray
Cut potatoes into similar 1 inch pieces, spray, sprinkle, and roast for about 20 minutes at 400 degrees.
1 full bag
olive oil spray
garlic salt
Spray pan, on medium heat, cook spinach until wilted.
Everything came together in about 30 minutes. I threw the potatoes in first, then focused on the fish, and when that was almost prepared, I started the spinach. The salmon had great flavor- combination of orange, rosemary, and balsamic worked great together. I actually like this flavor combination more than the white wine alternative. Despite the gourmet sounding name, this qualifies as a quick week night dinner. Yummy!

Week nights are busy. By the time I finish work, commute, go to the gym, run errands, and just deal with life, I don’t have time for an elaborate dinner. What I do have time for is something quick, easy, inexpensive, healthy, and tasty. And, lets be honest weekends tend to be splurg-y so weekdays are a good time to be healthy so it all balances out. Here’s my weeknight dinners from last week complete with shopping list, ingredients, and directions. Not that you even need the directions, its that easy…

Italian Sausage, Spinach, Mushrooms, and Whole Wheat Pasta

sausage and pasta

This is a simple one dish recipe that takes about 20 minutes. Its got tons of flavor and is perfect for a colder, rainy day b/c of its heartiness. Here’s the short ingredient list:

  • TJ’s chicken and roasted red pepper sausage, peel off casing and break into chunks (used 3 for 2 people)
  • 2 cups mushrooms (presliced to save time)
  • bag of spinach (prewashed to save time)
  • 1/2 cup of tomato sauce
  • garlic and italian spices
  • 1 cup uncooked whole wheat pasta.

Boil water and add pasta. Use a little olive oil and garlic to get things fragrant, add mushrooms and when they are almost done add in chicken sausage, spinach, and spices of your choice. When everything is done mix in tomato sauce to add liquid. I will definitely make this again.

Chicken, Mixed Veggies and Brown Rice

chicken and veggies

This took 20 minutes from start to finish and I had help from my good friend, Trader Joe’s. All 4 ingredients were picked up at TJs and throw into a one pan wonder:

  • grilled chicken
  • frozen mixed veggie bag
  • sesame soy ginger vinaigrette
  • brown rice

Chop the chicken into chunks, grill it until almost done, throw in veggies, when everything is almost done, add about 1/2 cup of marinate. Pop already prepared rice into microwave for 60 seconds. DONE. I enjoyed the marinade, the dish had flavor and was filling, but I’m not sure I would make this very often – its just not very exciting 😦

Shrimp tacos and Lettuce Cups

shrimp and veggies

Mexican food is the best solution to a quick dinner. So easy.

  • whole wheat wraps
  • shrimp
  • salsa
  • tomatoes
  • avocado
  • red onion
  • lettuce leaves

Chop up all veggies (or buy prechopped), mix in with salsa. Grill shrimp using a spice that has a kick. I used cooking spray and then sprinkled taco seasoning. Broil wraps, throw it all in and your are good to go. To save on calories, I usually eat one real deal taco and then switch to wrapping the veggies and protein in a lettuce wrap. I would also make this again.

Next week for Easy Weeknight Dinners:

  • Orange Glazed Salmon with Red Bliss Potatoes and Spinach
  • Stuffed Acorn Squash