Lemony Snacket

June 18, 2012


For weeks now I have been trying to remember to have a graham cracker + nut butter sandwich for a snack. I keep forgetting! Or rather, “wet” snacks always appeal to me more: cereal, yogurt, smoothies, fruit. “Dry” snacks don’t seem to fill me up as much so I find them less appealing. But today I just wanted a little something small to tide me over and this graham + almond butter sandwich was perfect!


Another food trick I’ve been meaning to do for a while: poached salmon.


I thawed out two frozen wild Alaskan sockeye filets (that I buy at Whole Foods) and made a broth of water, lemon juice, floating lemons, 3 sprigs of fresh dill, butter and a pinch of salt. Turned the heat up and waited for the salmon to cook. I am not a poaching expert! I do think this would have been better with white wine involved :  )


When the fish were done, we took them out and added in a bunch of green beans to steam in the liquid (I did have to add more liquid). The only problem with this method is that the beans soaked up too much of the bitter lemon peel – perhaps a bit of sweetener would have balanced that. Or just a new lemon.


‘Twas a delicious dinner though


Especially the corn I simply microwaved for 3 minutes and rubbed in butter and salt!!


Excited for some reading time!


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1 Julia H. @ Going Gulia June 18, 2012 at 7:56 pm

Wow, what an interesting way to cook with lemons. I’ve never seen that before…great idea, though! Definitely bookmarking that so I can remember to try it in the future 😀


2 Ashley June 18, 2012 at 7:59 pm

I really, really want to like salmon, I’ve had it a few times, and sometimes like it more than others. I broiled it recently and it was wayyy to fishy. I’m going to try how you made it though, maybe the citrus poaching liquid will get rid of that problem!


3 Kerry @ Totes My Oats June 18, 2012 at 8:00 pm

I love anything lemon – it goes perfectly with salmon!


4 Ashley @ Coffee, Cake and Cardio June 18, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Oh that dinner looks divine!


5 Amanda @flecksofgreen June 18, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Graham crackers with nut butter is such a big go-to snack for me! Sometimes when I’m feeling like a super sweet tooth, I even throw in a few miniature chocolate chips between the grahams!


6 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats June 18, 2012 at 8:04 pm

your poached salmon looks delicious!!!


7 Jordan @ Bake Write Sleep June 18, 2012 at 8:21 pm

I did that with tilapia, white wine, & lemons not too long ago. It turned out awesomeeeee! Yours looks pretty delicious, as well.


8 Simply Life June 18, 2012 at 8:24 pm

you’ve just inspired a new dinner idea- thanks! this looks fantastic!


9 Carla June 18, 2012 at 8:32 pm

Love your little corn-holder things. I used to have those years ago, they’re so fun! 😉


10 Sarah @ Learning to Feed Yourself June 18, 2012 at 8:33 pm

Those pictures have me craving graham crackers! I haven’t had them in forever.

I also didn’t know that you could cook corn in the microwave; I wish I would have known that a few months ago! Now that we have a kitchen in our apartment corn is pretty easy to make, but when we were in the dorms it was a bit of a challenge for us :)


11 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) June 18, 2012 at 8:34 pm

Fresh corn season…I love it! Dinner looks delicious!


12 kristen @ verbs and vignettes June 18, 2012 at 8:44 pm

my dad just found out the farm stand by my apartment is stocked full of delicious, perfect jersey corn. :-) we all had some on saturday. they split a dozen for dinner tonight. i cannot wait to stop after work all the time! i especially can’t wait to dump some fresh kernels onto a salad with avocado and salsa! [i forgot my extra ear at their house, and it didn’t make it 24 hours.]


13 Paula June 18, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Did you grow the green beans in your garden? I ran out and picked a big bunch for supper tonight with some creole fish. There is nothing better than a green been ten minutes out of the garden. And they are a breeze to grow. The hubby snapped and I canned 5 pints last night.


14 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles June 18, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Salmon is on the menu for tomorrow…I have some leftover Dairy Free Dill Sauce leftover from tonight’s Chicken Souvlaki…poaching sounds like an idea! Lots of dill in our garden!


15 Emily Butler June 18, 2012 at 8:56 pm

Great idea for poaching fish, I am getting so bored with just grilling or sauteing my meat! Love the lemon flavoring as well.


16 Ash Bear June 18, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Thanks, now I’m craving corn on the cob! I love the idea of using the same liquid for the beans!


17 Angel7 June 18, 2012 at 9:37 pm

Need to buy & eat more fish — good for mama & the baby!



18 Cait's Plate June 18, 2012 at 10:29 pm

I had salmon for dinner tonight too :) Yours looks delicious!


19 Khushboo June 18, 2012 at 10:42 pm

I’m with you on wet vs dry snacks :)


20 Annette @FitnessPerks June 18, 2012 at 11:06 pm

Ahhh I need to get some corn on the cob. Looks yummmmmmy!


21 Cyndi June 18, 2012 at 11:08 pm

I cook my salmon in a semi-poached fashion:

1.5 lb salmon to be cooked in a 9 x 13 pan

– drizzle with olive oil and tiny pieces of butter
– sprinkle with sea salt, a little pepper and Old Bay Seasoning
– squeeze a generous amount of lemon juice all over
– add about 1/8 inch of water in the pan to prevent burning

cook at 350 for about 15 minutes
broil for about 2 minutes to finish – perfection!

about 1/2 inch of water in the bottom of the pan to *poach* the salmon

about 15 minutes in the oven and then 2 minutes on broil … PERFECTION !

This serves 4-6 easily.


22 Laura June 18, 2012 at 11:40 pm

Whatcha’ reading tonight?:) Anything new?


23 [email protected] for the Soul June 18, 2012 at 11:57 pm

Very smart idea! It looks beautiful and sounds like it’s full of flavor~last time I got that salmon from WF I really enjoyed it too–it’s pretty good quality!


24 Averie @ Averie Cooks June 19, 2012 at 12:25 am

I havent had any fresh corn yet this season…need to get on that! Perfect looking dinner.

I just made salmon cakes with corn and beans for Scott the other day!


25 Elisabeth June 19, 2012 at 12:58 am

I’ve been loving the fresh corn on the cob lately, too! :)


26 mary @ minutespermile June 19, 2012 at 4:57 am

what a pretty plate! great idea on how to cook salmon. i’m going to try it!


27 [email protected] Nutritious June 19, 2012 at 5:24 am

What a nice light dinner. I have been munching on leftover graham crackers from our camping trip. I bought them for s’mores, I forget how much I enjoyed them with coffee.


28 CampingGirl June 19, 2012 at 5:57 am

I have never tried to poach salmon, it looks pretty easy!


29 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope June 19, 2012 at 6:30 am

That is a great idea to poach the fish! I’m not a fan of salmon but I bet this recipe would taste great with tilapia or some other type of fish. Yum :)


30 Lisa @bitesforbabies June 19, 2012 at 6:32 am

I know it’s nothing special but I think salmon and greens beans is the best combo ever!!


31 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin June 19, 2012 at 6:44 am

I’m always forgetting to make snacks/meals that I want to try out too. I’ve actually started writing them all down on a post-it note on my desktop!


32 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count June 19, 2012 at 6:55 am

Looks like a simple enough dinner. Great idea!


33 Jodi @ Jodi, Fat or Not June 19, 2012 at 7:02 am

Those are some great flavor combos…I haven’t bought salmon in a while from whole foods..been going more towards tilapia.


34 Erica June 19, 2012 at 7:10 am

Microwaved corn?!?! Why not just steam or boil it? I always figured nuking it would kind of ruin it, no?


35 KathEats June 19, 2012 at 7:52 am

Save cleaning a pot :)


36 Erica June 19, 2012 at 8:43 am

but how does it TASTE? I mean, I would rather wash a pot and have corn that tastes good and has a nice texture than tough or less than stellar corn and no pot to wash. Ya dig?


37 KathEats June 19, 2012 at 9:55 am

Like fresh corn!! I prefer grilled corn, but this was just as good as boiled/steamed


38 Molly @ RDexposed June 19, 2012 at 7:40 am

I’ve been having pbj graham crackers too lately. So addicting!
I think I may have to try poaching salmon the next time we make it. We just baked it last night.


39 Sarah June 19, 2012 at 8:08 am

1/2 a nut butter graham sammich crumbled over a slightly smaller portion of greek yogurt= problem solved!


40 Hope June 19, 2012 at 9:07 am

I never buy frozen fish because I’m afraid it will tasty odd. How do you defrost? Under running water?


41 KathEats June 19, 2012 at 9:54 am

In the fridge overnight – it tastes better than fresh sometimes


42 Hope June 19, 2012 at 11:10 am

Thanks! I should give it a try.


43 Hope June 19, 2012 at 11:11 am

And I just realized that I put “tasty” instead of “taste”. Oooops.


44 Emily @Emily's Olives June 19, 2012 at 9:53 am

I had salmon last night too! I don’t know why I have never tried poaching it before, what is wrong with me? What a good idea!


45 Millie Snyder June 19, 2012 at 10:02 am

Your dinner looks delicious! Usually, I marinate my salmon with teriyaki sauce and it’s very tasty but I love how you added all of your flavor ingredients on the stove top. Not only does it look like a pretty picture, but VERY tasty and fresh! I will keep this in mind, thanks!


46 ~Christy June 19, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Yum. Does it stink up the house? I never cook fish indoors because I feel like the smell just lingers…


47 KathEats June 19, 2012 at 1:33 pm

No, I’ve never had that problem


48 Rachel C June 20, 2012 at 12:43 pm

I will have to try the microwave corn. I hate to heat up the house on hot days. Thanks.


49 Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See June 23, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Mmmm graham crackers are so good! Have you ever tried the TJ ones?


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