Sheet cooking makes weeknight dinners a snap

Salmon sheet cooking is a simple one step meal to assemble. Courtesy photo

Michele Howard

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Sheet cooking has been a rage lately since people’s lives have gotten so busy. Food ideas for single sheet cooking are unlimited – chicken legs, thighs, bone-in breasts, pork chops and fish – can all be put on a sheet with any vegetable. Just choose a potato: russet, rose, yellow, red, sweet or yam and some veggies, and a quick and easy dinner is made that the entire family will enjoy.

Don’t forget about other available choices such as butternut squash or acorn squash. Root vegetables such as parsnips, turnips, celery root, onions and carrots are a hearty side for the winter months.

This particular dish has salmon with two different seasonings: smoked paprika and herb mix. I also made saffron rice from a package in my rice cooker.

Whatever combo you come up with will be delicious. Enjoy the time in the kitchen with family and friends.

Salmon sheet

Pare boil or microwave potatoes and Broccolini separately until almost cooked.

Cut a red onion into quarters.

Select enough fresh salmon for the meal.

Cover a larger baking sheet with foil and make a barrier in the middle where the meat or fish and vegetables won’t touch each other. I always use heavy duty foil, since it holds up to higher heat and weightier items.

Place the salmon and seasoning on one side of the barrier. On other side of barrier, add Broccolini, onions and potatoes and sprinkle with garlic, olive oil. Add salt and pepper lightly.

Bake at 375 F, until salmon shows milky liquid coming to top of fish. It will be just done and not over cooked. Serve.

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