Saturday, January 21, 2017

#Nourish2Flourish: Olive Oil-Poached Salmon Over Cauli-Rice Curry for #SundaySupper


This month, we catapulted into a new adventure. We are now a robotics team family; translation – our lives now revolve around a robotics team’s schedule. Our older son joined the robotics team at school. And, for six weeks, they have an absolutely grueling schedule. They plan, build, troubleshoot, and create a robot that will compete in a series of challenges. This means that for two days during the week, he stays at school until seven in the evening. On Saturdays he’ll be at school from nine in the morning till six at night.

Not only has this meant shuffling our schedules to align with pickup and dropoff logistics, but it has caused me to make some significant changes to my meal-planning. We sit at the table to eat, as a family, at least two times a day. Everyday. During the week, we share breakfasts and dinners. On the weekends, we sit down together at lunch as well. For us, mealtimes are social. Sitting around our table is when we talk about our days – either about what is going to happen or what did happen. We joke, we laugh, we share, we learn, and we teach. I can’t picture my days without that time together.

So, imagine the mental-shift required for me to feed R at the end of a robotics day. I don’t want to be eating at 8 o’clock at night, but I also don’t want to sacrifice nutrition. Enter Mann’s Nourish Bowls.* These are individual servings that provide a warm meal chockfull of fresh veggies that are ready in less than five minutes. Now, if I prep, my protein ahead of time, we can simply heat the Nourish Bowls in the microwave for three to four minutes and – voilà! – dinner is ready.

If you have dietary restrictions in your household – my husband is gluten-free, for example – Nourish Bowls are clearly labeled. You can easily see which ones are wheat-free, gluten-free, soy-free, egg-free, peanut-free, and tree nut free. The Smokehouse Brussels contains no allergens at all!


The Nourish Bowls are available in five different, delectable options: Monterey Risotto, Smokehouse Brussels, Sesame Sriracha, Southwest Chipotle, and Cauli-Rice Curry. I have had the chance to try the latter two, Southwest Chipotle and Cauli-Rice Curry. Both were delicious and fresh. I can’t wait to get my hands on the other varieties!

The Sunday Supper Tastemakers Get Creative with Nourish Bowls
Plus meet Gina Nucci, aka Gina Broccolini, one of the third generation family owners of Mann Packing - the creators of Nourish Bowls - in a Sunday Supper Movement Interview

Olive Oil-Poached Salmon 
Over Cauli-Rice Curry

Today, I’m sharing a way to prep salmon ahead of time that stays moist even through reheating. It’s perfect to lay on top of a Nourish Bowl for a healthy, speedy dinner. I selected the Cauli-Rice Curry for my recipe because curry rice bowls are a family favorite. But with the Nourish Bowls, and a little advance planning, our “rice” bowls can be on the table in less than five minutes now…versus the thirty or so minutes it usually takes for me to cook rice.

Poaching fish—gently cooking in a liquid over low heat—is a classic French technique. Usually, the poaching liquid is water, wine, or a broth; but I love poaching in olive oil. The fish comes out of its olive oil bath with an incredibly silky texture that’s difficult to achieve with any other cooking method.


Ingredients serves 4
  • 2 Cauli-Rice Curry Nourish Bowls
  • 4 wild-caught salmon filets, approximately 6 ounces apiece
  • olive oil as needed
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 2 to 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • freshly squeezed juice from 1 organic lemon
  • freshly ground salt
  • freshly ground pepper


Procedure 
Select a large enough pot that the salmon filets can sit flat without touching each other.

Pour olive oil into the pot so that it’s about ½” deep. Add garlic and thyme. Bring the olive oil to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes.


Lower the salmon filets – skin-side down – into the warm oil. Poach for 10 to 12 minutes.


Flip the filets and poach for another 5 to 6 minutes. If using immediately, serve warm. If using later, let salmon cool. Drizzle with lemon juice and refrigerate.


To serve, heat Nourish Bowls according to package directions.


Spoon warmed Nourish Bowls into individual serving bowls. Though the bowls contain a single portion, they are generous servings, so we split them in half.


Top with warmed olive oil-poached salmon. Sprinkle with freshly ground salt and freshly ground pepper, as needed. Serve immediately.


Up Close...
One of the perks about being local to this sponsor: I got to go on a tour of the factory and watch the Nourish Bowls being made.


One afternoon last week, I headed to Salinas and met with Gina Nucci, Director of Marketing. We talked for awhile about the company before heading over to the processing plant where I was able to see them packing up the Southwest Chipotle Nourish Bowls. 

That's when I realized that the bowls are more than just a quick meal; they are the embodiment of Mann's mission: Fresh Vegetables Made Easy™. Nucci told me about how she mixed the Southwest Chipotle Nourish Bowls into some browned ground turkey and used that as the filling for her homemade enchiladas.

Now, why didn't I think of that?! Thankfully some of the other Sunday Supper Tastemakers made that leap and are sharing how they used the washed, chopped, and sliced veggies to create quick healthy meals.

So, not only can I use the bowls as a quick meal when R gets back late from robotics, I can use the bowls as prepped veggies for other dishes. Veggies made easy, indeed. What a timesaver!

Getting Social and a Chance to Win
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There will be a Facebook live on the Sunday Supper page at 4 p.m. ET. on January 22nd where Family Foodie will be making one of her famous breakfast bowls using Nourish Bowls. At the end of the video, a winner will be selected from the comment section to win a prize pack from Nourish Bowls! Just visit the Sunday Supper Facebook page during that time.


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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Nourish Bowls in conjunction with a social media campaign through Sunday Supper LLC. All opinions are my own.

2 comments:

  1. I love how you poached your salmon! Perfect protein for any of the Nourish Bowls.

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  2. Love your salmon tips too! How great for you to tour Mann's factory!

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