Food: One-Pan Salmon with potatoes and romaine

Dinner Simplified

This easy salmon recipe gives you the main course and sides all at once, so fewer pots and pans to clean later.  Plus I happened to have tiny potatoes and romaine to use up in my fridge. And sometimes all you need are just three ingredients. 

Makes 4 servings

1 pound baby Yukon Gold potatoes (or other bite-sized)

4 tablespoons olive oil, divided

1 teaspoon lemon juice

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Four 6-ounce salmon fillets

1 tablespoon melted butter

¼ teaspoon paprika

2 hearts romaine lettuce


1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.

2. In a medium bowl, toss the potatoes with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil; arrange in a single layer on a greased baking sheet.

3. Roast the potatoes in the oven until slightly golden and fork tender, 15 to 20 minutes.

4. While the potatoes roast, cut 2 romaine hearts in half and rub with 2 tablespoons olive oil and the lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

5. Brush the salmon fillets with the melted butter. Season each fillet with paprika and salt and pepper to taste.

6. Arrange the romaine and salmon on the baking sheet with the potatoes. Continue roasting for 5 to 7 minutes more, until the lettuce is tender and the fish is cooked through.

7. To serve, divide the potatoes, romaine and salmon among four plates.

For when you fancy nothing fancy; just good!

Simple and Satisfying Meatloaf

I added roasted tomatillo salsa & arugula to mine & it was delicious.

THIS TIME OF YEAR calls out for some old fashioned feel-good comfort food.    

What’s better than a homemade meatloaf served with mashed potatoes and gravy?

I don’t think it’s necessary to follow any set recipe when making meatloaf but for you virgins here’s something basic you can start with:

Just use about 1 ¼ lb. of lean ground beef (or *ground prime rib which is what I used) and mixing with your hands add 1 egg, a medium finely chopped onion, grated cheddar cheese, steak spice, some chipotle hot sauce, some mixed greens like spinach or even kale if you have it.  Place in a pyrex baking loaf dish and bake at 350 until done – about 1 hour.

I’ll take mine with mashed potatoes & a side salad

You can even add a small tin of tomato sauce over top when finished cooking – place it back in the oven for a few minutes longer.

Some people even like theirs with ketchYUP!

*ground prime rib can be found almost always on sale somewhere.

Simple and Satisying – if you build it they will love it.


Thin crust flatbread is healthy too

There is no actual recipe in making these delectable tasting appetizers.  Much like a pizza you can put whatever topping you want.

The trick is getting a thin crust bread or even pita for that matter to start with.

Begin by painting on a thin base layer of either tomato or pesto sauce and build it from there.

Cut into wedges, squares or triangles for serving.

Here are a few recent examples of vegetarian ones I’ve made – both delicious.  Remember there are No Rules.

Pesto:  Pesto sauce (use store bought if you don’t have fresh), sundried tomatoes, fresh basil, artichoke hearts, roasted garlic, parmesan, chilli peppers, lemon zest and olive oil.

Greek: strained tomato puree, thinly sliced onion, pitted kalamata olives, fresh spinach,  fresh tomatoes, sprinkling of pinenuts, feta,  dried oregano and olive oil.

Have fun making them and then receiving lots of compliments.