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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Salmon Burgers with Wasabi Avocado Mayo

I’m doing this whole post via iphone so am keeping it short

This is a pretty easy and healthy thing to make. I suppose you could bake the salmon cakes, but I’m out of non stick foil so I did in the pan. While the is easy and fast, to get a nice golden crust on the salmon, you want to give yourself a good half hour to cook them. With the wasabi-avocado mayo, they are like salmon sushi burgers, but cooked.

I skip a bread binder to keep it gluten free and cal count lower, if you skip putting it on bread product, it is totes gluten free. I used the bread product because I like it.

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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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Polenta with Yellow Squash, Broccoli Rabe and Roasted Tomatoes

This is another super simple. It takes 5 minutes to prep – 10 if you chop slow. Stick it in the oven and roast and you are done. I make a lot of polenta since it is super adaptable, speedy and gluten-free. Here is another version. Like always, I roasted the veg. With a Simple salad, you are good to go with a ton of veg.

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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 Cauliflower Frittata

I am finally making the frittata that I saw on emmycooks blog. I made some changes by lightening it a bit and adding some more veg, but this was for no other reason other than preference and not wanting to bust open a single serve yogurt for this. Hers looks amazing as is!

I roasted my cauliflower the other day so this was pretty speedy.

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Vegetable Shepherd’s Pie

I`m not so sure about this one. For one, it isn`t speedy, and two, I`m not so sure it warrants the amount of time it takes. But I am typing this part while it is in the oven as I usually do.

So this weekend was Metal Mania on VH1 Old People, I mean Classics, so last night we contemplated going out for dinner, but were waylaid by the Lemmy documentary. I guess if you rent it you can watch 4.5 hours of bonus footage! That`s a lot! Not gonna lie, I am intrigued and am pretty close to getting a hold of this bonus. Then we couldn`t go to bed because the documentary of Anvil was on at 2am. It was a bit sad and like a trainwreck that you just could not turn away from as these guys kept spending money trying to get famous again. Like 25 years later!

What does all this have to do with this shepherd`s pie, I don`t know. Just sayin`.

So luckily the husband helped me with this as it took an hour and a half to prep to begin with, though you can make ahead. I used this recipe, but made some changes, some in advance and some on the fly as it really needed some more seasoning. Ok, so we ate it, the flavors came together and it was major hearty with a ton of leftovers.

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