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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Cajun Salmon with Spinach Salad

Two Sundays ago I started to feel sick, by Monday afternoon I could not keep my eyes open or head up and a wicked sore throat came on. Having been prone to sore throats, I knew the drill and by Wednesday evening was getting a strep test and penicillin. The strep test was apparently unable to be processed. The sore throat was getting better so I did not go back for a second test.

However by the next Sunday I was doing worse and worse, so ridiculously tired, I could barely move, headache, sore neck and heavy head. Seriously would fall asleep eating, talking, in the bath/shower – felt like I had narcolepsy. I started to wonder if perhaps I had something more than just strep throat and if it could not be mono. I went to my doctor, who sent me for blood work. I have not heard back from the clinic yet. Everytime I think I am getting better I get hit hard with it. The minute I exert myself even slightly (like doing the dishes or cleaning up) I am once again overwhelmed with exhaustion, shortness of breath and this overall malaise feeling.

Needless to say I have not been cooking, unless you count opening a can of soup (which by the way are no match for homemade soups). Last night was my first real meal in about a week. I was feeling like I needed real food and healthy food to beat this bacteria or virus. My husband grilled a nice salmon fillet with Cajun rub and served it with a nice spinach salad with tomatoes, avocados, onions and mushrooms drizzled with ginger soy dressing.


2 6oz salmon fillets

Cajun rub

1/4 cup paprika
1 T garlic flakes
1 T onion flakes
1 T thyme, dried
1 T oregano, dried
1 T black pepper
1 T white pepper
2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp ground Bay leaf

Drizzle oil on salmon and rub some of the Cajun rub into the salmon fillet.

Preheat the grill to med heat. Place the salmon skin side down on the oiled grill. Grill for 6-8 minutes (turning after 5 min).

Serve immediately

Spinach Salad

Bunch of baby spinach
1/4 red onion sliced
1/2 avocado sliced
1/2 tomato diced
6 large button mushrooms, sliced
almonds (optional

Soy Ginger Dressing

1 cup olive oil
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 lemon, juiced
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons minced fresh ginger root
1 teaspoon prepared Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons honey
ground black pepper to taste

Whisk together soy sauce, lemon juice, garlic, ginger, mustard, honey and pepper. Once these are thoroughly combined, add the oil in a steady stream, whisking constantly. Chill before drizzling over salad.

Other Delicious Salmon Recipes

Grilled Salmon with Brown Sugar & Mustard Glaze
Sesame Ginger Salmon
Blackened Salmon
Lemon Pepper Salmon Cakes
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Reeni♥ said...

I hope you find out what's wrong and feel better soon. The salmon looks amazing, the rub sounds delicious! The spinach salad is the perfect match for it!

Psychgrad said...

I hope you feel better soon. This is definitely the season for getting sick. I like the salmon rub - going to give it a try.

Forts said...

Great new set-up on the blog. The salmon was really good (if I dont't say so myself) and felt that it perked me up. Hope it helped.

Bellini Valli said...

I see that you love salmon as much as I do. This dish will help you regain your strength:D Get better soon:D

Lo said...

Sorry to hear that you've been under the weather. Am sending warm-fuzzy "get well" wishes your way!!

Ithought the last salmon you posted looked good... but cajun. This is fantastic!

chuck said...

I know so many people who are sick these days. just stay away from me lol.

Well, I think you picked a perfecr dish Salmon is light and perfect if you don't want anything heavy. Tastes good too!

Hope you feel better!

Peter M said...

This is a great pairing and I have no problem admitting I'd dunk the salmon in some of the salad dressing...sounds awesome!

Kevin said...

That salmon looks really good!

Anonymous said...

Oh yum! I love the cajun rub on this. Sounds really delicious an great for salmon!

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