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Salmon, Biscuits, & Seasonal Produce

Since I was really a little sore yesterday from my first day back to training, I decided to stay home last night – but I will be headed there again tonight!

I took Kona on a long walk because word on the street (do people say that still?) is that a little nighttime storm was coming. And nothing is worse than walking a brown dog in the rain, because she likes to go in all the puddles.

So I gave her a long walk and then headed up to cook some dinner.

Remember how I have been having such a hard time with fish at my grocery store lately? I actually got super picky about it and I have made friends with one of the men at the seafood counter. He always gives me all the details – like if stuff came in frozen, fresh, etc, it has been here for this many days, that’s not really a good deal… etc. Yes this is true.

Anyway, there was finally some salmon that looked decent, so I picked some up when I did my weekly grocery shopping on Sunday and made myself a note to use it ASAP before it had a chance to go bad.

So I cooked it up last night. I just did it in a pan with some lemon, olive oil, garlic powder, and black pepper.

fish2 And served it with cous cous, asparagus, and biscuits.

salmon

See that biscuit over there? It was my attempt at the copycat recipe for Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits (which is super easy by the way).

You can view the recipe I worked off of here.

The only things I changed in mine is I used the “Heart Healthy” Bisquick mix, and of course lowfat shredded cheddar, and nonfat milk.

The Bisquick I used did end up causing them to have a whole other texture (fluffier, rather than dense) which may or may not be a good thing. They werent really like the ones at Red Lobster because of that I think, but they were excellent nonetheless!

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I was also thinking about how I love that asparagus is coming into season. It is cheaper and delicious! There are some produce items I always buy year round, regardless of when they are in season because I like to have them on hand (tomatoes, even though it gets tricky picking out good ones, bananas, etc), but obviously getting produce while it is in season is ideal since it is and more delicious and cost-effective!

Obviously these are pretty general, and certain items will vary state-to-state, but I figured I’d share some charts as a reminder if you are curious:

producechart

Oh look tomato peak time is May-Aug. I will be sure to stock up ;)

And I also like this one in list form:

produce list

I also found this awesome interactive map that you can actually choose your area (state) and it will show you what is in season each particular month! Pretty helpful.

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  • Favorite type of fish?
    Halibut! But it is hard to find down here… so next up is definitely salmon though.
  • Do you like asparagus?
  • What is something you find is very hit or miss at your grocery store as far as quality?
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  1. what an awesome post, it was really informative :)

    im SO excited for cherries to come into season again, i eat them daily during the summer, haha

    fave fish is either salmon or tilapia. i prefer salmon though!

    i LOVE asparagus too..either roasting it or using it my not so healthy asparagus stuffed rice :)

    March 21, 2012
  2. That’s such a helpful chart! To be honest, I’ve never even considered buying things when in season (except berries), and will usually just base it on the price! Baddd Brittany.

    March 21, 2012
    • meh, I usually just sort of can tell when stuff is in season because of how much better quality it seems, but now that i know Im going to be keeping my eye out for the goods :)

      March 21, 2012
  3. I hate fish. Yuck!! Lol Everything fishy. I hate. But I do like asparagus! :) I wish I could buy avocados perfectly ready to eat… that’s the tricky part for me!

    March 21, 2012
  4. Maple syrup is in season during the spring? I had nooo idea that it was a seasonal thing!

    I like fish best in sushi form. Raw salmon, tuna, yellowfish, etc. I don’t like it as much when it’s cooked, but I can eat it. I really like shrimp, scallops, crab, etc … but that’s not really “fish” haha! ;)

    March 21, 2012
    • i consider that fish kinda, i guess seafood :) haha
      I know! I thought the same thing about maple syrup! I guess if you want it super fresh that is the only time (or best time?) to get it? haha weird

      March 21, 2012
  5. That is such a helpful chart!! I’m excited for strawberries, avocados and asparagus. Although it looks like avocados are in season all year? That seems strange to me b/c I def notice quality and price differences for avocados from time to time. Maybe its b/c of my state? Either way…love the chart and how helpful and (colorful) it is!! :-)

    March 21, 2012
  6. Your meal looks AMAZIN! The biscuits especially, nice healthy substitutions!

    March 21, 2012
  7. That fish looks almost perfect! I love that chart and the prices of asparagus right now:)

    March 22, 2012

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