Thursday, February 18, 2010

Healthy Heart ♥ Dinner for Two

A woman's heart
seeks love
 sweetness and a little zest

February is the month for Valentines, Love and Hearts.

Taking care of our hearts is life long.
Salmon is a heart-healthy food.
On Valentine's weekend, my husband brought home a "big catch" from the market.
He baked it for us with sliced lemons, butter (Smart Balance) and herbs.
*a lil' salt, pepper and lemon zest*
We had lots of left-overs.
...So on another night...

S a l m o n   S a l a d

Dark leaf lettuce
pope tomatoes
baby carrots
shredded carrots
sweet red peppers
sliced baby portabellas
Gently place Lemon Salmon on top of salad.

Sprinkle on
w a r m  b a l s a m i c  d r e s s i n g
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 clove crushed garlic
  • 1 pinch salt
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • lemon zest
Microwave for about 20 seconds to warm.

~ Enjoy With All Your Heart ~

I served fresh baked, comforting and still warm
whole wheat rolls,
using King Arthur Flour's recipe.
I used less oil, fresh skim milk and a free-range egg.
~ Fruit dipped in Dark Chocolate ~
swirled in finely chopped walnuts
a healthy little indulgence

My tea was Celestial Seasonings Lemon Zinger.

Wishing you love, warmth, health and a little zest!
Today, I'm posting for Tablescape Thursday and Foodie Friday!

Join me in celebrating Foodie Friday's first anniversary.
salad plates:  Lenox everyday Winter Greetings
Dinner plates: Corelle's Farm Fresh
mugs recently purchased at a consignment shop
The shopkeeper told me a 90 yr. old woman brought them in.
teakettle - Lenox Winter Greetings
fondue set- Hershey
birdie salt/pepper from Pier 1


Janie's World said...

I love seeing those little birds on the dishes, they are so sweet. Looks like you guys have your game on when it comes to a healthy meal. Looks delicious!

xinex said...

Beautiful table and yummy food! Thanks for stopping an to answer your question, well, my food did not come frm the jungle, lol. We had broiled salmon, chop suey, pork adobo, Caesar salad, and flan for dessert. I thought I served a chicken dish too but I cannot remember what it was....Christine

dee dee said...

Your table looks so inviting! I just love the salad...yummy! I could learn alot from you about healthy meals! God bless... Dee Dee

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Very pretty! Love salmon too and will have to try your recipe out! Thanks for coming by my blog since it brought me to you. Enjoyed your blog and have signed up to follow!

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Oh how pretty...not only the table setting, but the food. I had salmon last night, it is so good isn't it? I love that chocolate fondue...mmm!

Your "new" mugs are so pretty.

I hope you are having a wonderful day!


Farmgirl Cyn said...

Mmmm....We love salmon! Just had some a few days ago with leftovers being tossed in pasta the next day for lunch. So good for you, especially wild salmon!
Beautiful tablescape....especially the cardinal plates.

Dianne said...

Maria, the table is beautifully set and the meal looks scrumptious. Wish I had your talent for decorating a table. Hope all is well with you. Love, D

Julie Harward said...

Beautiful images and thoughts...the dinner sounds wonderful too! I always feel calm and energy when I visit here,thanks for that! Come say hi :D

Diana said...

I loved your beautiful table setting Maria. And the dinner looked delicious. Katie and I love salmon!
Love Di

Wanda said...

Lovely post Maria!
We had ♥ healthy salmon with roasted red peppers and whole wheat linquini yesterday! fruit dipped in melted chocolate though.

Life Laugh Latte said...

Love your tablescape. So beautiful. Come by and watch our vlog version. Have a great day. Holly:)

Lara Harris said...

Lovely & looks yummy! :)

Jeanette said...

Love your table and those dishes. Looks so yummy.

Regina said...

Hello Maria. I'm having lunch and wow such gorgeous table scape and delicious!
Love the salad and the fruit dipped, yummy but I'm not allowed to eat chocolate until my throat will get better:).

Lovely Valentine's Day celebration!
and belated.

Have a wonderful weekend.

A home far away said...

Ohhh that looks yummie:)

Have a great weekend
Hugs Gunilla in Singapore

Wanda said...

Oh my goodness, what beauty, what delightful plates of food.

I'm drooling.....

Wonderful post Maria...enjoyed so very much.

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Hi Maria, just dropped by to answer your question. Yes, my SIL is in Iraq and will be there for a year. He just left the end of January. My daughter and two babies are living with us while he's gone. BUSY around here! Thanks for asking and keep him in your prayers, please.

Shellbelle said...

Your dishes are so lovely and this is my type of meal — healthy and great for my hips! Thanks for posting.

Mumsy said...

What a healthy meal, and beautiful tablescape!

B SQUARED said...

Please, please set a place for me at the table!

troutbirder said...

Salmon is the best. Great tasting and heart healthy.
btw I enjoyed seeing your 6th grade class. What fun. I taught in high school for 25 years and then voluntarily moved to a middle school for a change of pace. It was great.

koralee said...

Your table looks amazing...only sweet Maria could have such a lovely table. You have made me really hungry right now. I got your sweet email...thank you for thinking of me...I will have to look into those online books..sounds like a wonderful idea. Hugs to you for a grand weekend. Are you back to school on Monday...we have 2 more weeks before we are off for our Spring Holiday. xoxoxo

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Maria dear!
How nice of you to come visit from Koralee's blog! I love salmon and I try to eat healthy daily....lots of broccoli, salmon, blueberries, and it makes a difference! It looks as if you had a marvelous Valentines, and may you no nothing but HAPPINESS ALL YEAR LONG! Celebrating love is what we need, n'est-ce pas? God bless you and you are welcome to visit me any time, please!


Jenn Jilks said...

Fabulous shots, wise words. Thank you for visiting My Muskoka !

lina@women's perspectives said...

Maria, all things looked perfect...

Vicki said...

Hello, Maria,
I love your cheerful table setting! The cardinals on your plates remind me of the ones I watch each morning in my back yard. I think I see two little white love birds there, too. The salmon and rolls look delicious! I hope you are having a fun-filled weekend full of laughter! Vicki

Vicki said...

Maria, I looked for an e-mail and did not see one. Do you mind if I use the quote from Robert Brault on your sidebar on my blog? If you had rather I not, I understand completely. Vicki

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Beautiful Recipe !! This is so nice !! Would like to try this some time !!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Your tablescape is beautiful! The food looks and sounds delicious!


Duchess of Tea said...

I'm just a little peckish right now. I need a bite to eat. This post looks delicious.