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Broiled salmon bruschetta

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The Gourmand Mom

(Read caption) Broiled salmon over sautéed spinach and orzo with tomato and olive bruschetta topping.

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After weeks of overindulging in holiday treats, I’ve been craving a good healthy dose of fresh, nutritious fare. While this new year won’t be bringing any immediate weight loss goals for this expecting mom, I can certainly focus on improving nutrition and increasing my ratio of healthy foods to cookies and Cheez-Its. Oh, Cheez-Its, how I adore thee!

But, it’s still winter, and I yearn for heavy blankets and hearty foods during these chilly months. Salads and other light dishes just don’t fit the bill right now. As such, I decided on a hearty piece of broiled salmon for my main course. Full of healthy fats and flavor, it has the same satisfying effect as a nice piece of steak.

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I decided to serve my salmon over a bed of fresh, garlic-sautéed spinach with just a bit of orzo pasta and parmesan cheese. Those of you who’ve taken on low-carb diets for the new year can easily eliminate the orzo for a perfect low-carb dinner option. A generous spoonful of fresh tomato and olive bruschetta topping adds a burst of Mediterranean flavors to the dish.

If salmon is not your fish of choice, you can easily substitute another type. Broiled sea bass or halibut would be delicious. Pan-seared or broiled shrimp or scallops would work nicely too!

Broiled salmon over sautéed spinach and orzo with tomato and olive bruschetta topping

For the salmon:

2 salmon fillets (about 5 ounces each)
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste

For the spinach and orzo:

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
3 cups baby spinach
1 cup orzo, cooked according to package directions
1/8 cup parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper, to taste

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For the bruschetta topping:

1 cup cherry tomatoes, chopped
1/4 cup olives, chopped
1/8 cup capers
1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
Salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat broiler. Rub the salmon fillets with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place on a baking sheet and cook, several inches under the broiler, for about 8-10 minutes, until the fish reaches an internal temperature of 140 degrees F.

Meanwhile, prepare the spinach. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for a minute or two. Add the spinach and cook, stirring occasionally, until it’s wilted. Turn the heat down the low. Add the cooked orzo and cheese. Season with salt and pepper, as desired.

To prepare the bruschetta topping, combine all ingredients in a small container with a tight fitting lid. Gently toss the mixture to combine.

To serve, place the broiled salmon over a bed of the sautéed spinach and orzo. Top with a generous spoonful of the bruschetta topping. Garnish with parmesan cheese, if desired.

Bonus: Serve your leftover bruschetta topping with slices of toasted bread.

Amy Deline blogs at The Gourmand Mom.

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