I Suck at Grilling

A few days ago, I attempted to grill two pieces of salmon on the grill top my mom gave me. I thought it seemed as simple as creating a marinade, glazing the salmon and popping on the grill. However, my fish came out tough and tasting like a foot. A very fishy foot.

None the less, I’m far from giving up on mastering the art of cooking fish. It’s the only option I have to offer Alex and let’s face it, it’s delicious.

Jimmy John's Alex

So, while leafing through my recent copy of Cooking Light, I came across a seemingly easy dinner idea. Let me know what you think!

Pan-Seared Halibut with Bell Pepper Relish

Photo: John Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr and Leigh Ann Ross
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 4 (6-ounce) halibut fillets
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped shallots
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
  • 1 cup chopped yellow bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped plum tomato
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
Preparation
  1. 1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 1/4 teaspoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Sprinkle halibut evenly with salt and black pepper. Add fish to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness. Carefully remove fish from pan, and keep warm.
  2. 2. Add remaining 2 1/4 teaspoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add shallots and garlic to pan; sauté 1 minute. Add bell pepper and next 3 ingredients (through paprika); sauté 3 minutes or until bell pepper is tender. Stir in parsley. Serve relish with fish.

Maureen Callahan, Cooking Light
JANUARY 2012

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My Healthy Tip of the Day: In spirit of New Year’s Eve, here are six tips to keeping your resolution:

1. Focus on positive self-talk. Congratulate yourself every time you take a step towards your resolution goal. Be your own best cheerleader.
2. Avoid berating yourself if you should fall back or break a resolution. Just brush yourself off and start over again.
3. Stick to your resolution by considering it a promise to yourself, not a test of your willpower.
4. Avoid situations that put you in temptation’s path, meaning if you’re on a diet, don’t go to the ice cream parlor.
5. Keep a sticky note in a prominent place so that you see it every day, reminding yourself of your resolutions. (i.e., on your bathroom mirror, next to your bed, on the visor of your car, on the refrigerator)
6. Be realistic. Make sure your plan is a realistic one that can fit into your lifestyle. Will you really have the energy to go out for that evening exercise class? Make changes as easy and convenient as possible.

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