Friday, March 2, 2012

FFWD Roasted Salmon and Lentils

Roasted Salmon and Lentils....a wonderfully easy meal!
This week I'm in Atlanta, staying with my grandsons for the weekend. Their mom is running a half marathon in Florida, and their dad, uncle and grandpa are playing golf at Pebble Beach! This has always been a dream of my husbands so, for his birthday, my son arranged a trip! I think I got the best part of the deal though...spending time with my smart and handsome grandsons!
The night before everyone was leaving on their respective trips, I made the Roasted Salmon and Lentils for dinner. I had some concerns about this meal. First, I was sure that my husband would not eat lentils. Second, it didn't seem to be very kid friendly! However, my grandsons, husband and daughter-in-law love salmon. So, the salmon was in, and instead of the lentils (which I knew they would never eat) I would make a different side for them.
This dish was really very easy to put together. I've made lentils many times before and have always enjoyed  them. My grandmother always served lentil dishes, especially during lent! I found this dish to be quite good.  I prepared the lentils with the carrots, celery, onion and spices. When they were done, I diced up the veggies and mixed them in as Dorie suggested. The best part about the lentils was that my husband ate them and enjoyed them! Wonders never cease! However, the kids not so much. The roasted salmon was good, but seemed a little bland to me. In the future I would spice it up a bit more!  I thought the paring of the lentils and salmon was delicious! Something I would not have tried without Dorie. I would definitely make this again...everyone thought it was very good!  Happy friday everyone!

Lentils rinsed and ready to cook...I found green lentils at Whole Foods
Lentils and veggies being brought to a boil
Salmon ready to be roasted 
A delicious satisfying dish

This recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspan's cookbook "Around My French Table". It has also been posted here. To see what other  Doristas are up to, you can find it here at FFwD.

31 comments:

  1. It definitely sounds like you are at the better end of the deal!
    Your dish looks great & enjoy your time with the family.

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  2. Glad to hear that the lentil-haters enjoyed this dish! Easier on you! Great post!

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  3. Salmon and lentils is and has been a staple at our house. Its sort of a 'once a week' dish. I can't imagine who wouldn't eat lentils? Especially these lovely ones I see on this page! I'll try to get this one up on the page this weekend.

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  4. Sounds like a lovely trip for both you and your husband, have fun! Happy to hear that you were able to participate this week, even while away from home. And even happier to hear that everyone enjoyed it. We love this dish and eat it all the time.

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  5. I would have never thought to pair salmon with lentils, and I was expecting everyone to not-like this meal...did not sound very appetizing, but surprise, surprise. It was easy, tasty, and everyone loved it. I always use more spice/flavoring in these French meals...to me, their foods are bland.

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  6. I loved this one too! My husband didn't love the lentils (but he ate them), but my 8 year old daughter really liked them! Have a great time with your grandsons!

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  7. Oh, you did a beautiful job with this...it all looks wonderful!

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  8. Looks scrumptious; I often pair lentils and lightly sauteed vegetables with pork tenderloin. I'll have to try them with salmon. Thanks!

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  9. That last photo is fantastic. I e-mailed Tricia not to min the lentils with all of the salmon because I did not
    think her boys would eat them. Well, you just never know what these kids will eat. I truly love both salmon
    and lentils, I think it is a nice combination, just not this particular recipe. You must be having a ball with all
    your traveling and visiting. Enjoy and have fun.

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  10. Looks so yummy, Kathy! I just made enough lentils for me...as I was certain I was the only fan :) Enjoy the time with your grandsons!

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  11. Have fun with your grandsons. We were craving salmon the other day too. We do like lentils so I'll have to remember that as a side.

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  12. Sounds like you are having a great time in FL and now GA. You are such an accommodating grandma, making other sides for the kids! Your salmon looks terrific, and I'm glad you were able to "sell" the lentils to your husband.

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  13. What a lovely recipe. We adore salmon and this combination sounds wonderful. I hope you have a great weekend. Blessings...Mary

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  14. It sounds like everyone in your family is having a great time. Good luck to your daughter-in-law in her half marathon! My dad played golf at Pebble Beach once and I am sure your husband will enjoy it so much. Your photos are beautiful, Kathy. I also loved the pairing of the lentils with salmon and will make this again very soon. Have fun in Atlanta!

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  15. It looks great, Kathy! Sounds like the whole family is having wonderful adventures. Enjoy your time with the grandkids.

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  16. Have seen this delicious meal from some of FFWD bloggers! Thank you for visiting and for following. I'm happy to follow you too!
    Wish you a lovely weekend!

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  17. Great job. I love the heart smart meals and this is a keeper!

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  18. I adore this combination. So comforting and satisfying - lovely.

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  19. Your salmon looks delicious:) Have a great time with your grandson.

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  20. I love the combination of salmon and lentils. I've never made it at home but it is on my list to try.

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  21. Sounds like you all had a great weekend!
    And you are so right, I would never have tried lentils with salmon without Dorie either!

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  22. Glad you enjoyed this pairing. It's an old favorite for me. enjoy your stay with your grandsons. I'm sure you are all having a great time!

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  23. I love your comment about being lucky to spend time with your handsome grandsons while everyone else goes on their respect trips. I can relate to that and also to the enjoyment of preparing a special meal, a little out of the normal daily fare, that everybody enjoys. I haven't tried this Dorie recipe but it is definitely bookmarked to make at a later date.
    Enjoy your visit;-)

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  24. Kathy-I'm so happy that you were able to spend such precious time with your grandsons. You did an amazing job of Dories challenge. Roasting the salmon skin side up gives it an even moist texture and flavor...the skin protecting the salmon while it's roasting on a high temperature. We all love salmon and lentils...not sure If I could pull this off plating both together on the same plate for my family; I would have to serve it separately...unfortunately that's how it's always been with lentils. Just a "side dish"!

    BTW-I checked out Dorie's blog and clicked on a few of this challenge, and I must tell you, yours was the most "unique" challenge of them all, although all of you did a fantastic job on this week's challenge!
    Have a wonderful Sunday...we are having a stormy and nasty day here!

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  25. You seem to have the perfect family! and how thoughtful of your son to gift this vacation to his dad! Love the idea of pairing salmon and lentils, I have seen it in many French sites but as of yet, have never tried it. Looks mighty good!

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  26. The asparagus looks great with the dish, great addition. How nice that you could visit the grandsons and turn everyone on to Dorie's recipes.

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  27. Time with your grandsons! I agree you are the lucky one! Wasn't the salmon/lentil pairing great?

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  28. Such a delicious dish! how lovely to spend time with your grandchildren!
    Mary x

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  29. I love lentils! Looks like a healthy dinner. :)

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  30. That's so funny. My grandmother always made lentils during Lent too. I guess it was to make up for the protein:) I haven't made them in what seems like forever. I wouldn't even dream to serve them with Salmon but now that I see it before me, they seem to make a great pair.

    How wonderful for you to be able to spend time with your family Kathy. I'll be heading off to Idaho in May to see my grandkids. Can not wait! Enjoy your time together. A cherished memory of lentils and salmon will always be in their hearts:)

    Thanks for sharing...

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  31. Sounds like a success, Kathy! I liked the pairing too. I make lentils often, but I'm not sure I've done them with salmon before... Enjoy your time with your grandsons!

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