Hot and Steamy

My single sister has a motto for the new year: “Hard to Get in 2008.” With the turn of the new year we all make personal goals and promises that we hope to keep for the duration. “Life changes” as some like to call them.

This year I vow to do more for the better of the environment, buy as much local food as possible, and eat healthier. That last one always gets me. I think myself and the rest of the country vow to do that every year. It always starts of strong. We go into the new year with a fresh outlook, a new view, and a promise to throw away all things bad for us. It’s a start, right? After going to the store and buying our home environmentally friendly cleaning products and diapers, I decided to use my steamer from Chinatown for dinner. We had some great salmon still in the freezer, and some wonderful produce from this week’s Fresh Picks delivery. Steaming is a really healthy way to prepare food. I think some shy away from it because they fear that their food will lack flavor, but that just means they haven’t tried enough.

Steamed salmon served along side some wilted garlic spinach and roasted squash made a hearty, healthy, satisfying meal.

Steamed Salmon

serves 2

1 8 oz piece of salmon

2 c water

1 Tb+1 Tsp dried fennel

1 tsp + 1/2 tsp lemon zest

pinch of salt

In a medium pot, bring water and 1Tb of fennel and 1 tsp of lemon zest to a light boil. Season fish with salt, pepper, lemon zest and dried fennel. Place in steamer and put over pot of water. Cover steamer with lid. Steam for about 10-12 minutes.

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