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Word Play

When it comes to food, the term “blackened” is not a descriptor you would typically want to use to describe your dish.  To us, anyways, the word blackened is kind of synonymous with other words like “burnt” or “charred”- doesn’t exactly get your mouth watering, does it?  No, it sort of just leads us to think of another word… “inedible”.

Think about it- blackened cookies, blackened toast, blackened pizza… suddenly you don’t feel well and you’re (cough, cough) “not hungry”, right?

In fact, the term blackened is right up there with words like “wilted”, “fermented” and “sapid” (who knew that word means something tastes good?!?)

Yes, for the most part if your dish is blackened, you probably burnt it and it probably isn’t going to be very, well… sapid.  (There.  We tried using it and we were right- it just sounds weird.)  But there is a time when the term blackened is a good thing.

A very good thing.

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If you hear the word blackened in front of the word salmon, you can forget all of your preconceived notions of what you thought the word meant, erase the images swirling in your mind of charred, dried-out fish, and dive in fork-first!

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Because this salmon is slammin’! (Sorry- we couldn’t resist!)

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But in all seriousness, we may never eat salmon any other way ever again- it was that good.

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There are 2 simple steps to creating this mouth-watering dish, and only about 25 minutes until it is on your plate! The secret to perfectly-done blackened salmon (aka-not burnt) is to sear it in the pan and then finish it off in the oven!  That way you get a crispy outer-layer, but a flaky, succulent inside.

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Succulent. Now there’s a word we want to hear more of!  Or how about delectable, exquisite, or tantalizing? 

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Actually, if there was a word that combines all of those we’d have a dead-ringer!

Delecquitalizing? Tantaquitable? Hmm… maybe we’ll just let the pictures do the talking 😉

Blackened Salmon

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Serves: 3-4

Ingredients:

1 lb. salmon (you can also use fillets)
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp garlic salt (or garlic powder + a dash of salt)
1/4 tsp black pepper

1 tbsp olive oil

Directions:

In a small dish, combine all the spices.  Generously coat both sides of the salmon with the spices and gently rub into the flesh.

Preheat the oven to 350F

Heat the olive oil in a medium-sized pan over medium-high heat.  Once the pan is hot, place the salmon in the pan.  Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until the spices are blackened, then flip and cook for another 2-3 minutes to blacken the other side.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and move fish from the pan onto the baking sheet.  Bake in the centre of the oven for another 10-15 minutes, or until the salmon is no longer dark pink in the middle and flakes easily with a fork.  Serve with avocado-corn salsa (recipe below).

Avocado-Corn Salsa

Prep: 10 minutes
Makes: ~1 cup

Ingredients:

1/2 a large avocado
3/4 c. frozen corn, thawed
1 tomato, diced
1 green onion, diced
1/4 tsp garlic salt
1 tbsp lemon juice

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a small dish and serve.

~twosaucysisters

Have you ever had anything that’s been “blackened”? What are your favourite food-descriptor words? (We’re always looking to expand our repertoire ;))

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Simple Sunday Goes Green!

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Happy Saint Patrick’s day everybody!

Since a lot of you probably have other activities planned for today, we’ll try to keep this post short and sweet- just like this recipe!

Ok, so this recipe’s not sweet, per say, but it sure is delicious! And it honestly couldn’t be any easier.  And it’s green, so it fits in with the day’s festivities. 🙂

Today’s super-easy recipe is for one of our favourite snacks- kale chips!

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Now, before those of you who have a fear of leafy greens go running in the opposite direction, hear us out!  These chips are so incredibly flavourful and crispy, we promise they will change the way you look at dark green veggies!

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And if you’re a real chip-lover who’s trying to cut down on the amount of chips you eat, well, these were practically made for you! 🙂

And they take 4 ingredients and only 5 steps, so really, what are you waiting for?

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Kale is also extremely healthy for you, by the way! Full of fibre and antioxidants, plus it’s fat free and low cal, of course!

And there’s so many different flavours you can make!  Add a sprinkle of parmesan cheese (or nutritional yeast!) and bam! You’ve got cheesy kale chips!  Or add some chili powder and paprika for a spicier version, or onion and garlic powder and make a sue do-all dressed flavour- the choice is up to you!  Just think of your favourite chip flavour and you can probably adapt it to kale chips 🙂

So here is the super-extremely easy recipe for a tasty and very healthy snack!

Kale Chips

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Prep: 10 min
Bake time: 10 min
Serves: 4-6 people

Ingredients:

1 head of kale
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp salt
pepper, to taste

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400F.

Wash the kale under cold water and pat dry on a paper towel to remove as much excess water as possible.

Remove the thick stem from each leaf, and tear the leaves into large pieces.  In a large bowl, toss the kale in olive oil, salt and pepper.  Spread evenly on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil (you will probably need more than one sheet) and place in the oven for 10 minutes, or until the leaves are slightly browned and crispy.  Eat right away (they will wilt and become soft if you try to store them)

Wash your kale…

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Pat the leaves dry…

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Remove those stems…

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Toss in olive oil, salt and pepper…

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Spread on a baking sheet…

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Bake and enjoy!

~twosaucysisters

Have you tried kale chips?  What is your favourite chip flavour?