Where did the time go?
Time, it’s a pretty precious thing these days. There’s work, and family and now that spring is here, tons to do outside. I could use a few more hours in the day. I bet you could too. One of the challenges of living a busy life is finding the time to cook delicious and healthy meals every day. I’d be lying if I said I don’t pick up the phone and order dinner on occasion. But I really do make an effort to make home cooked meals. It’s important for so many reasons. Home cooked meals are healthier. I know what goes into them and I feel good about that. I also love to cook and my daughter is now at that age that she loves to help me prepare meals. I love that. A lot. She’s learning to cook, she’s learning about nutrition. And it’s just some of the best quality time a parent could possibly ask for.
Yes I love to cook home made meals. And I’m not against using products, that I know and trust, that help me make amazing meals a little quicker, a little easier.
We love variety in our house. From simple comfort food to ethnic inspired dishes, I will try my hand at just about anything. I am a big fan of Asian food but I really find that many of the Asian products on the local grocery store shelves are very “Westernized”. They tend to be overly sweet, and either too bland or ridiculously spicy. But I’ve had really good luck with Blue Dragon products. Now I’d admit I’ve never been to Asia, but I have travelled a bit and one of my favorite destinations is Honolulu. If you’ve ever been I don’t have to tell you that the Asian food in Hawaii is awesome – because it’s authentic. It’s not the heavily battered, oozing with sugary sauce food that we often are served here. That authentic flavour is what you will find with Blue Dragon products.
East Made Easy
Not only do you get authentic Asian flavors with Blue Dragon but it also makes cooking your favorite Eastern dishes easier. With a range of products from rice paper and noodles to oils and sauces, it’s really easy to find inspiration in Blue Dragon products and whip up amazing dishes in no time at all. I love the flavour combinations that you find in Asian dishes – coconut, peppers, curry (to name a few). I also love cooking Asian because it’s so easy to incorporate fresh and “light” ingredients into the meals. I tend to use a lot of fresh vegetables, fish and shellfish.
One of my family’s favorite foods – including my four year old – is salmon. We love it in all shapes and forms. Smoked salmon, salmon cakes, cooked whole on the grill. And salmon works perfectly in Asian inspired dishes too. It pairs well with sweet and tangy flavours, which is the inspiration for this recipe. A lot of fish have very delicate flavours so you have to be very careful not to over power with other ingredients. But because salmon has a much bolder taste you can be a little more adventurous and still not overpower it. These salmon bundles have a slightly crispy outside (thanks to the spring roll wrappers) and are light and flaky (and full of flavour) inside. Delicious and surprisingly simple, you can whip this amazing Eastern inspired dish up in no time at all.
Sweet Chilli Salmon Bundles (Served with Sesame Vegetables)
- 4 salmons fillets (skinless
- 4 Blue Dragon Spring Roll Wrappers
- 4 teaspoons of Blue Dragon Sweet Chilli Dipping Sauce
- 4 teaspoons of Blue Dragon Hoisin Sauce
- 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon of rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon of sugar
- 1 tablespoon of Blue Dragon Sesame Oil
- 1 clove of minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds
- 2 cups of chopped bok choy
- 2 carrots peeled and cut into strips
- 1 green onion chopped
- 1 cup of snap peas
** These were the veggies that I used but you can substitute in other favorites like sprouts, celery, etc.
Preheat oven to 400.
Fill a large bowl with slightly warm water. Soak a spring roll wrapper for about 10 seconds. Remove from water and let sit until pliable – about 30 seconds. Take a piece of salmon and set it on the wrapper at one end. Brush on one teaspoon (approximately) of the Sweet Chilli Sauce.
Fold the wrap tightly around the salmon. If you’ve never used rice paper wraps before they are extremely easy to work with. Here’s a little graphic that explains how to fold them:
In an oven safe skillet add the vegetable oil and heat over medium heat. If you don’t have an oven safe skillet you can easily use a frying pan and transfer to a baking dish when it’s time to put the salmon in the oven. Once the oil is hot place the salmon bundles in the pan.
Cook until slightly brown and crisp – about one minute on each side. Brush the tops and side of each bundles with the Hoison Sauce. Transfer to the oven and bake for about 5-7 minutes.
To make the Sesame Vegetables:
Combine the soy sauce, rice vinegar and sugar in a small bowl.
Heat the sesame oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and sesame seeds. Stir fry for about two minutes – until the are slightly brown. Add the vegetables to the pan and stir in the soy sauce mixture. Cover and cook for about 5 minutes or until the veggies are just slightly tender.
Remove from heat and serve with the salmon bundles.
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Disclosure:I am part of the Blue Dragon Ambassador program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinionson this blog are my own.