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Teriyaki Salmon Salad
Serves 4

  • 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 1 Tbs rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp ginger, peeled and finely grated
  • 4 salmon fillets, 4-6 ounces each
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 bell pepper, red
  • 1 carrot, peeled
  • 1 can mandarin oranges, drained
  • 3 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 1/4 cup almonds, sliced and toasted

    1. For dressing, combine teriyaki, vinegar, oil and ginger in a bowl; set aside.

    2. Season salmon with salt and pepper. Add sesame oil to skillet, and heat over medium heat until hot. Cook salmon 6-8 minutes or until it flakes easily with a fork, carefully turning once.

    3. Remove from heat; set aside and cool slightly.

    4. Slice bell pepper into thin strips. Using a vegetable peeler, cut carrot into strips.

    5. Combine bell pepper, carrots, oranges, spinach and half of dressing in a mixing bowl; toss gently. Divide salad evenly among serving plates; top with salmon. Drizzle with the remaining dressing. Sprinkle with toasted almonds.


  • Measure and mix dressing ingredients.
  • Drain mandarin oranges.
  • Rinse spinach leaves and dry in a salad spinner or by patting with a towel.
  • Measure almonds and spinach leaves
  • Use a vegetable peeler to slice carrots into the salad

    Nutrition (per serving): 350.0 calories; 46% calories from fat; 18.0g total fat; 65.0mg cholesterol; 700.0mg sodium; 21.0g carbohydrates; 4.0g fiber; 17.0g net carbs; 26.0g protein.

    Cold Soba Noodles
    Serves 4

    In Japan, cooked buckwheat noodles are often served with a soy-based dipping sauce; here the sauce is combined with the noodles for a flavorful and easy dish.

  • 8 oz soba noodles
  • 2 scallions, sliced
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp soy sauce, reduced-sodium
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds, toasted

    1. Cook noodles according to package directions.

    2. Drain the noodles in a colander and rinse under cold running water until cool.

    3. Transfer to a medium bowl and toss with scallions, oil, soy sauce and sesame seeds.


  • Pour cold water over cooked noodles in a colander in the sink. Mix with clean hands to cool the pasta.
  • Wash scallions
  • Measure sesame oil, soy sauce, and sesame seeds
  • Toss salad

    Nutrition (per serving): 222.0 calories; 11% calories from fat; 3.0g total fat; 0.0mg cholesterol; 514.0mg sodium; 43.0g carbohydrates; 0.0g fiber; 43.0g net carbs; 9.0g protein.