The sign of a good cookbook — in my opinion — is the number of recipes in that that inspire you to cook. The case of The Smart Shopper Diabetes Cookbook, this photo says it all — I marked recipe after recipe to try. Good thing I had a spare pad of Post-its just waiting to be used, right? Written by the lovely Robyn Webb, who I met earlier this year, this book is intended for those with diabetes, pre-diabetes and those concerned with heart health. As a mom, health is super important to me. So even though I do not have a personal diabetes connection (knock on wood), I couldn’t wait to try out a recipe from this book. This book is all about making meals stress-free, a philosophy I abide by in my own cooking and recipe development. With smart shopping strategies to make dinner easier, I love how this book takes a commonsense approach to cooking. The fact is that some nights you just don’t have time for chopping veggies or preparing complex dishes — but you can speed the process by turning to healthful shortcuts.
The recipe for Miso Salmon caught my eye. I’ve had a slight obsession with miso-flavored fish ever since having a similar dish on one of my trips to Minnesota for work. Let me just caution you though — this recipe is additively good, but it also takes a little over an hour to make since the salmon has to marinate before cooking. So, this might not be your go-to for a weeknight meal but for an easy, crazy-good weekend meal it’s absolutely perfect. Though I typically shy away from recipes that require more prep time like this, it sounded too good not to try — and in terms of kitchen tasks, marinating is about as hands-off as you can get. While cooking this, you’ll want to be sure that the salmon itself is four inches from the broiler (as opposed to the pan) because the marinade will burn easily if it’s too close to the element.
And the flavor of this dish? It’s amazing — Rich with hints of saltiness and sweetness. The tender salmon is perfect served with a salad and brown rice — or brown rice noodles, if you can find them.Want to discover more great recipes from this cookbook? Pop over to Kitchen PLAY where you’ll find five more talented bloggers with reviews and recipes for your enjoyment. You can also purchase the book from the ADA website. Be sure to use discount code KITCHEN2013 for 25% off all books in the ADA online store. The code is valid through October 4, 2013.
- 3 tablespoons brown rice or red miso
- 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar, or sugar substitute or honey
- 1 teaspoon grated fresh orange zest
- pinch crushed red pepper flakes
- 4 4-ounce salmon filets
- Combine the miso, soy sauce, orange juice, sugar, orange zest, and red pepper flakes in a large bowl. Add the salmon and turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
- Preheat an oven broiler with the rack set 4 inches from the heat source. Cover a broiler pan with foil. Coat the foil with cooking spray. Or set an outdoor grill to high heat. Coat the rack with cooking spray.
- Remove the salmon from the marinade, letting any excess drip back into the bowl. Discard the excess marinade. Add the salmon to the pan skin side down.
- Broil or grill the salmon for about 8–10 minutes until desired doneness. Let the salmon rest a few minutes before serving to allow juices to settle.
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of several cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to two kids in middle school, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.