Ridiculously Easy Poached Salmon

Original Post: March 8, 2013
It’s rerun week on the blog! We have a very busy family schedule, but I know it’s a holiday week and people are looking for tasty things to make for Valentine’s Day. This Poached Salmon should fit the bill for all you hesitant cooks.
Once or twice a week we eat leftovers. I try to make these nights intriguing by calling them “Smorgasbord Night.” There is no intrigue. There are sighs and groans as boys and men trudge to the refrigerator to see what they can scrounge up.
Thursday was Smorgasbord Night. Two of them found fish sticks and French fries. I felt sorry for the other one and scrounged for him and came up with salmon, veggies, Wegman’s Thai Culinary stock and rice noodles.  Hello Ridiculously Easy Poached Salmon!
Ridiculously Easy Poached Salmon
2 frozen salmon fillets
2 cups broth or water and white wine
Handful of sugar snap peas (1/2 cup)
Half cup each onion and chopped red pepper
Rice Noodles
1. Combine everything in a pan with a lid.
2. Cover and cook on medium low for 10-15 minutes. Turn once.
3. Add some rice noodles and push down into the broth. Don’t put too many in! They expand and will soak up all the broth. You’ll want some for your plate.
4. Reduce heat to low. Cook until soft, for about five minutes.
Serve in a bowl with plenty of broth.
There are two points I want to make with this post. First, this is not a recipe, it is directions. I didn’t measure anything when I made this. I grabbed a bunch of food and threw it in a pan. It didn’t take a lot of time. It didn’t take a lot of money. I didn’t open a book, surf the web of turn on the TV.
What exactly is the trick to whipping up a fancy schmancy dinner like this in 20 minutes? We come to my second point. The trick to this meal (and the one you’re going to make) is a well stocked pantry and freezer. Really. That’s all. Keep some pre-cut chicken or fish in the freezer that is cut into small enough pieces that thaw quickly. Have some veggies on hand (fresh or frozen) that you know you’re family will always eat. Have pasta, rice and broth in the pantry. Many of you know this, but many of you may be new to cooking, and don’t. This advice is for you.
That’s it. This was not only pretty, it was tasty and it made one very tired man (and me) very happy.

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