This easy 20 minute dinner is the perfect healthy back-to school meal! I’ve managed to convince my kids that salmon is delicious; I highly recommend you do the same. The quick arugula pesto is not traditional (no oil! no nuts!) but it totally packs a punch!
I have been defeated by a 3 year old. A completely oblivious 3 year old, who never even figured out that there was a battle raging. The fact that he was completely unaware that I was potty training him led him to clinch the victory.
2 and 1/2 days of my life, down the drain. Or should I say, down the leg. (TMI? Sorry. No, actually, I’m not sorry, because you didn’t have to clean it up.)
After 2 days, I appealed to Facebook for guidance. (If the Facebook gods can’t solve my problems, who can?)
“Okay parents of boys. POTTY TRAINING. HALP. He just doesn’t seem to get it, and I don’t know how to explain sphincters to a 3 year old.”
Here’s some feedback.
“If you find the answer let me know.”
“I wish I knew!”
“Ain’t no shame in giving up for a while.”
“Yeah, little boys are kinda dumb.”
“Sooo many accidents. So I got on Facebook and everyone’s advice was wait a little longer.”
“I promise it will click for him one day.”
Here’s my favorite:
“I stopped rewarding him and started rewarding myself for each day I stuck with it. They don’t need those rewards as much as you do, you’re the one cleaning up accidents all day.” << I definitely took this one to heart.
So. I gave up. When I put his diaper back on him after being naked for days on end, he gleefully danced around the room for 10 minutes. I’m not kidding. It was a victory dance, pure and simple.
Maybe I’ll try again when he’s a teenager.
A few months ago my brother told me about some salmon he had made with arugula pesto. Here’s what he told me, “Blend raw arugula, raw scallion and water. Mix with spices, a teensy bit of mayo, and sour cream.” That’s basically it. Nathan is all about the minimalist recipes, whereas I’m over here like WHAT DO YOU MEAN TEENSY BIT OF MAYO. #Charlatan
So I did my best Nate. Hope it’s kind of like what you made. Actually, I know it’s not, because you are way more health conscious than I am, so a teensy bit of mayo to you is probably not 2 tablespoons. Don’t judge.
Still though, even with the mayo, this recipe is pretty darn healthy. No oil in the pesto, no cheese. In fact, it might not even be technically classified as a pesto, but what else should I have called it? Deliciously blended arugula?
Pan-searing is my favorite way to cook salmon. It’s just so fast! And you don’t have to turn on the oven, huge summer plus. Put this on the back-to-school menu, my kids loved it! (See, proof.)
Source: this recipe is from my brother Nathan. Kinda. Here is a copy of his exact email: “Blend raw arugula, raw scallion and water. Mix with spices, a teensy bit of mayo, and sour cream. It should be fairly runny–not thick. Serve with fresh lemon over salmon.” The recipe above is my translation of this :)
More quick salmon recipes you will love!
Pan-Seared Salmon with Maple Glaze and Pistachios << tastes like it’s from a restaurant.
Honey Salmon with Browned Butter Lime Sauce << this is a HUGE favorite around here! We make it all the time!
Other easy salmon recipes from awesome bloggers!