Roasted Wild Ramps and Asparagus with Salmon and Wasabi Edamame Rice

I suppose this could be 3 separate posts, but I am too lazy for that, and made it all together, so 1 post it is. Besides, these all go together well.

Ramps are in their brief season, so I grabbed some and decided to roast them. I still have another half bunch that I will possibly make a pesto with.

This is all an impossibly simple dinner to make and it could be grilled if you have the weather for it. I`m roasting mine. Salmon, just foil-wrapped and roasted. Asparagus, just peel the ends and roast it. The rice, just add some lime, wasabi, and edamame. That`s it.

Ramps are so the best thing ever so get some and try this.

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Plating fail – I broke the salmon transferring to the plate.  Doh!

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Roasted Aparagus and Egg Sandwiches

I saw these asparagus -egg sandwiches on thekitchn.com a few weeks back and they seemed like a good idea, I`m too lazy to find the link, but this is my version. I thought of adding roasted mushrooms to the mix, but had just put the asparagus in the oven, so I skipped it. I`ll try it next time.

This is pretty fast and simple and would be a good use of leftover asparagus, but I usually don`t have leftover asparagus – it gets eaten as it is cooked. Peel the lower stalks on the asparagus, it makes a difference and who wants a stringy sandwich, then again, I don`t understand why people would ever want stringy asparagus, gross. I had some basil-spinach pesto in the fridge that I made the other day, it`s a good addition.

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Sea Scallops with Sweet Corn – Summer Squash Hash

I have two confessions to make. One, I like fried rice from Chinese take out / delivery joints. And I ate said fried rice last night instead of cooking. But that’s because I didn’t get to the gym until 9pm and home until after 11. So I ordered. This was faintly exciting as I have not had fried rice in over a year and a half, yet at the same time I was kinda loathe to get it. Whatever.

The other is corn. I like canned corn. I prefer it to frozen which I think has a chewy and odd texture that is not like any fresh corn. I used canned corn in this because fresh corn is not in season.

This is pretty fast and easy and perfect in the summer. It’s a good way to make use of Thai basil if you have it growing, which I did over the summer when I first made this. I stuck with regular basil today.

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Chili-Lime Marinated Tillapia

Today was an exceptionally great day at the gym – it was empty, like became completely empty and I was the only person there so I stayed for two and a half hours. There are these really really irritating people who frequent the gym, including this woman who uses the place to train people and takes up half the place and is loud. But mostly takes up half the place and all the mat area and it is really annoying. This may seem like an odd complaint, but this is not a public gym, it is for the people who live in the co-op and there is a small additional fee to use. It bugs me that someone wants to use it as her personal office for her business.

Anyhoo, this tillapia can be used a multitude of ways – fish tacos, plain, maybe with some scallion -pea and lemon zested rice, or on sandwiches. I am doing the latter, since the husband wanted to grill it if we were going to have the fish tacos and it was kinda cold today and we haven`t used our grill yet and no clue if there is propane left in the tank from the summer so I nixed it. It`s super fast and easy.

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Citrus-Dijon Salmon En Papier Style

This has to be the easiest thing in the entire world and can be done a ton of ways. And it is speedy – 5 min of prep and 20 in the oven and you are done. Usually, I will do the veg in with the fish, but since I was going to the gym, I thought that it would save some time to slow roast my veg separate on the side and stick it in while I was at the gym. This is super to do for a dinner party since you can cook everything in individual packets and just plate it by slicing the foil down the center to serve. It is also pretty failproof, it is hard to overcook it in the oven and it does not stink up the house like pan-frying the salmon does.

For this, I just did the salmon in some pepper, dijon, thyme, and clementine slices. I roasted the potatoes on the side and some cauliflower and added some dijon to both halfway through cooking.

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Roasted Asparagus and Wild Mushrooms

Still flying solo with the husband away on biznass. Unfortunately, since he feeds the cats, I got up and was shocked to see an empty bowl this morning – I forgot to feed them! Luckily they did not starve to death, not that I would have really forgotten to feed them for long.

Anyhoo, I`m deviating from my posts of full meals for this, though you could certainly add a poached egg to the top and a salad and call it dinner. This is pretty simple and fast – only 5 minutes of prep and 30 in the oven and you are done.

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Shrimp Sandwiches with Chipotle-Avocado Spread

I got this recipe in my inbox from the gojee.com and it looked pretty fantastic. I made a few changes, but this is pretty easy and leaves me with some leftover to make fajitas later this week. Strike that, I am just eating the sandwiches all week.  They are really that good. This recipe makes like 4.

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