I have been so sick the past few days. So sick! My husband has been whining about “fighing something” for weeks now and I guess I finally got whatever he had. And he’s still not sick, of course. Because he has a super immune system and I have the world’s worst. But anyway, he’s also been out in the field the past couple days which means I’m sick and alone with 3 kids. It hasn’t been the best week of my life.
But this post couldn’t have come at a better time. Land O’Lakes asked me to share some tips for simplifying in the kitchen and normally Â I am the absolute WORST when it comes to simplifying in the kitchen – I seriously will use every pan in my house to make macaroni and cheese. From a box. But since I’m sick and really, really tired right now, I’m all about simplifying the cooking process.
So here are some of my favorite tips for keeping things simple:
1. Never underestimate the power of a one-pot meal.
2. If a recipe calls for half an onion, chop all of it and store half in the fridge. You’ll be so happy the next time you need chopped onion.
3. Keep the ingredients for all your simple, go-to meals on hand at all times for days you don’t feel like doing much.
4. Clean as you go! Because no one wants to spend an hour doing dishes after eating dinner.
5. Have ingredients measured or at least have the bottles/boxes out so you aren’t running circles in the kitchen.
Land O Lakes Butter with Canola Oil is another great way to simplify in the kitchen. It is made with only three simple ingredients: sweet cream, canola oil and salt. Other spread products contain up to 15 ingredients. Butter with Canola Oil only contains three simple ingredients, which results in a creamy, delicious, spreadable texture. It’s spreadable right from the refrigerator which makes it perfect for buttering bread or, like I did here, making a buttery topping for fish.
This salmon was so yummy and really simple since you don’t even have to melt the butter before you brush it on the fish. And then once the fish was hot, I just dolloped some butter on top and it got all melty and delicious. I’m actually looking forward to having a salad for lunch so I can put a piece of leftover fish on top!
- 6 tablespoons Land O LakesÂ® Butter with Canola Oil
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh basil leaves*
- 1 tablespoon freshly grated orange zest
- 1 tablespoon garlic pepper
- 3 12-ounce fresh salmon fillets, each cut crosswise into 2 pieces
- 6 tablespoons sliced almonds toasted, if desired
- Basil leaves if desired
Preheat broiler and move oven rack to the top.
Use a fork to mash together the Land O LakesÂ® Butter with Canola Oil, orange juice, chopped basil leaves and orange zest in small bowl; reserve 3 tablespoons butter mixture. Brush remaining butter mixture onto fish; sprinkle with garlic pepper.
Broil the salmon for about 10 minutes or until cooked through.
To serve, top the hot fish with some of the reserve butter mixture. Sprinkle with almonds and basil leaves, if desired.
The author was compensated by Land O’Lakes for this post. All opinions are my own.