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Health, Home, and Happiness: Sunday's Dinner: Rice, salmon, gravy, avocado

Monday, October 5, 2009

Sunday's Dinner: Rice, salmon, gravy, avocado

Sunday night I looked in the fridge to see what we could have for dinner that followed our 'eating healthy to stay healthy' principals that we talked about back here and here. My camera got 'washed' by my 3 year old, or you'd have a picture. Ahem.

We had leftover brown rice cooked in chicken stock with sea salt and basil in a glass bowl covered with plastic wrap, a package of smoked wild-caught salmon from Costco, lots of chicken stock, and ripe avocados. To follow is what I did. My family enjoyed it, and it was a nice way to use up the odds and ends in my fridge. I need to remember to buy a bag of frozen broccoli to add to make-up dinners like this.

Rice/salmon/gravy casserole with avocado

I greased an 8x8 pyrex with oil, stirred about 1/3 pound of the smoked salmon into the brown rice (about 4 cups) and then put in the pyrex, baked uncovered @ 350 for 30 minutes or so.

In the meantime I made the gravy; melted a coconut oil/ghee mixture in the bottom of a large pot (2ish tablespoons) and added about 1/4 cup GF flour mix as my thickener. Flour would have worked too. I added a sprinkle off sea salt and whisked until it was a good gravy paste. Then I slowly added, a few tablespoons at a time, chicken stock and cooked over medium heat until it was gravyish. In the end I added about 1 cup chicken stock.

After turning the gravy to low, I cut up 3 avocados. We served it by putting the rice/salmon mixture in a bowl, spooning gravy over the top of that, then adding avocado on top of that. I think steamed broccoli would have been good too, but we didn't have any. For some reason my family isn't a fan of mixed up casseroles, but if I layer the same stuff in a bowl, everyone is happy.

There wasn't a ton of salmon in the meal, but the chicken broth/stock is supposed to have a protein sparing effect as well as many other healthy properties to it (read about it on the Weston Price website here).

Off topic note:
Last week I bought a used laptop and we took down the desktop because it took up too much space. This laptop does have a webcam, I'm going to see if I can get it to work good enough for food pictures until I can find a good used camera, which we'll make a better attempt to keep out of the dish water ~smile~ I'm loving buying used more and more as I get into it, from thrift store clothing (Gap jeans for 1.29?) to this laptop.

This post is a part of Pennywise Platter Thursday at Nourishing Gourmet and the Super Foods October Fest @ Kitchen Stewardship

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Blogger ingridknits said...

This meal sounds great! Thrift stores are wonderful - currently wearing Old Navy jeans for $3.99.

October 5, 2009 at 11:40 AM  
Anonymous Kimi @ The Nourishing Gourmet said...

I love how you were able to pull this meal together out of bits and pieces! That's great!

Thanks for sharing as part of Pennywise!

October 8, 2009 at 9:15 AM  
Anonymous Katie @ Kitchen Stewardship said...

I love seeing how people "make stuff up" in the kitchen. I never would have thought of avocado; what a healthy meal!!

Thank you for joining the first October Fest Carnival of Super Foods! Next week’s theme is Super Foods (which include basic things like garlic, onions, and apples). Hope to see you back!

October 9, 2009 at 11:19 PM  

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