Pan Seared Salmon with Orzo Salad (a clean out the fridge dinner)

So my son and I had a dinner that turned out to be pretty fantastic (in my opinion).  I thought that I’d better jot it down before I forgot it, so then decided since I was typing, I’d just share it here.

I’m finishing off updating this site and transitioning to a new site and new endeavors on October 1st, I figured I’d just better add something little here while I decide if I’m still going to keep up with some personal ramblings.

Side note:  Watch for something completely new on October 1st at 9am.  I’ve spent a lot of sleepless nights trying to get everything in line in time for a launch, and hauled some of my friends along for the ride.

So back to dinner…

We had to clean out our produce drawer tonight to make dinner and it turned out to be a recipe that we will make again more often.  It was a pretty easy dinner that only took about 15-20 minutes to get on the table.

A friend of mine had given me some red cow horn peppers, but a red bell pepper would be a great substitution.  I was just lucky enough to have some great peppers.  I saved the seeds from my pepper to dry and see if I can grow my own next year, because I’ll miss those for sure!  We’ve used them in everything all summer long.

If you aren’t a fan of sour cream, you don’t end up tasting it at all, and a good substitute would be just leave it out.  Easy, right.  Nothing hard about this one.

My son loved this dinner.  I was pretty glad that I could use what we had and still make something he loved.  Normally by the time Thursday rolls around he is wanting to order pizza, but he LOVES salmon, so this fit the bill tonight.

Pan Seared Salmon with Orzo Salad

Bring 3 qts salted water to a boil.  Cook orzo 7-10 minutes, or according to package directions.

In saute pan, heat up a couple tablespoons of olive oil.  Add 2 shallots, minced; 3 cloves garlic, minced; 1 zucchini, chopped; 1 red cow horn pepper, chopped; kosher salt and cracked pepper to taste.

Drain the orzo, and toss in the sauteed veggie mixture.

Stir in 2-3 Tablespoons of sour cream, some minced dill, and squeeze in the juice of 1/2 lemon.

Set that aside for a minute.

In the pan still hot from sauteing the veggies, increase the heat to medium high and pan sear 2 salmon fillets with salt, pepper, and minced dill.

Dinner is on the table in about 20 minutes tops.

Do you have any quick and easy recipes you enjoy serving?  


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