This month for Cookbook Countdown I have chosen to use The New American Heart Association Cookbook (8th Edition). The recipes that I have made for this week are Baked Salmon with Cucumber Relish (p. 160), Orange Sweet Potatoes (p. 467), and Green Bean and Tomato Toss (p. 93). (Note: While this looks like a huge plate of food, it all actually is resting on a salad plate. The salmon is a 4 oz. portion size and the sweet potato is half of a small one so you can kind of use that as a reference.)
We almost always have salmon for dinner on Sunday so I am thinking these are the recipes I want to try first from this book. It is nice to have different seasonings and sauces to try with the salmon. The salmon was cooked simply with just a bit of pepper and very little salt, I baked mine in parchment in the oven that way. The yogurt mixture was quick and easy, same with the cucumber/onion/jalapeno relish, each took only a few minutes and added a nice taste and texture to the salmon, cooling and fresh with a bit of kick from the jalapeno. Definitely a repeat.
The sides were equally easy and pleasing. The sweet potato I just roasted in the oven with the salmon (cut it in half lengthwise and lay it cut side down on a baking tray after scoring the cut side in a grid pattern...I put it in while the oven is preheating and by the time the oven is ready and I put the salmon packet in, the sweet potato finishes at the same time as the salmon). After it roasted, I scooped it out and mashed it with the flavorings in the recipe. This is really delicious, the flavor of orange and cinnamon with the sweet potato is marvelous. Next time I would leave out the brown sugar as we felt the sweet potato is sweet enough without it, however it does add a little depth of the sweet flavor with its caramel undertones. The green beans and tomatoes are a straight up dish with the added mustard giving them a little punch of flavor that went nicely with the salmon. All in all, these three recipes were delicious, easy, and definitely ones to be repeated.
To see what the others have cooked this month, click here. It is the policy on this blog not to publish recipes that are not mine, the people who publish recipes go to a lot of time, trouble, and expense to do so and I like to honor that by encouraging others to purchase the book or check it out from a lending library. Thank you for understanding. I do post the general ingredients for each recipe so perhaps you can have a go at it from that alone.