Two for Tuesday :: Salmon & Lentils

 

Raise you’re hand if one of your New Years Resolution is to drop a few pounds…now raise your hand if you want to start cooking more…how about cooking healthier?  If you raised your hand for at least one, this is a great recipe for you!  Yall will be back in those skinny jeans (fingers crossed) before you know it!

 

Salmon with Lentils and a Mustard-Herb Butter

 

Salmon with Lentils and Mustard-Herb Butter (<em>Saumon aux Lentilles</em>)

 

For the Mustard-Herb Butter:


2 ½  tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

½ tablespoon chopped chives

¾  teaspoon chopped tarragon

1 teaspoons grainy mustard

1 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

 
For the Lentils:


1 cup lentils

4 cups water

2 medium leeks (white and pale green parts only)

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

1/2 to 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

 
For the Salmon:


2 (6-ounce) pieces skinless salmon fillet

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

 

Making the Mustard-Herb Butter:


Stir together all ingredients with 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper.

 

Cooking the Lentils:


Bring lentils, water, and 3/4 teaspoon salt to a boil in a heavy medium saucepan, then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until lentils are just tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes. Reserve 1/2 cup cooking liquid, then drain lentils.

 

While lentils cook, chop leeks, then wash . Cook leeks in butter in a heavy medium skillet over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, 6 to 8 minutes.

 

Add lentils with reserved cooking liquid to leeks along with 3 tablespoons mustard-herb butter and cook, stirring, until lentils are heated through and butter is melted. Add lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat and keep warm, covered.

 

Sauté Salmon While Lentils cook:

 
Pat salmon dry and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper (total).

 

Heat butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until foam subsides, then sauté salmon, turning once, until golden and just cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes total.

 

Serve salmon, topped with remaining mustard-herb butter, over lentils.

 

How about make a true date night and add a bottle of wine…our suggestion Rodney Strong Sauvignon Blanc…which for all you thrifty shoppers, is on VIC Special at Harris Teeter!

 

Webb is trying this recipe out tonight, we’ll let you know how it turns!

 

Happy Tuesday!

 

 

 

 

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