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Healthy and Sane flashback: sweet and spicy glazed salmon

November 18th, 2011 · 19 Comments · favorite recipes, salmon, side dishes

Healthy and Sane has come a long way over the past three plus years. I’d like to think I’ve become a better and more adventurous cook. I’ve changed the blog format from journal-style to random-style (heh). I’ve stopped counting calories and continue to explore what diet-free living means to me. And while I still have a lot to learn about food photography, I know the picture quality on this little blog has improved. The very first post (and many to closely follow) definitely required some imagination!  I’m happy you took the leap and tried a lot of the recipes I shared here with you regardless!


So here is the deal. I want to bring some old favorites back. I want to share them with you again. I want you to SEE, not just imagine, how delicious they are. And then hopefully even more of you will be inspired to make them. I’m definitely having a lot of fun making them again!


Let’s start with a little flashback going back to December 2009… when I had my parents and aunt from Russia over for dinner.  When I told you that this Cooking Light recipe for sweet-spicy glazed salmon was a recent favorite. It comes together in less than 15 minutes and is certainly impressive and delicious enough to serve to company. The salmon gets a quick sprinkling of salt and pepper and then bakes for 10-12 minutes. In the mean time, you can work on the sweet and spicy glaze made of brown sugar, soy sauce, rice vinegar and mustard (I now use 100% dijon in place of Chinese mustard). The salmon is finished with a good slathering of the sauce. It’s shiny and sticky and finger-licking good.




Of course you’ll need a side dish for the salmon. May I recommend this Food & Wine recipe for roasted brussels sprouts with capers, walnuts and anchovies? [Originally found through The Sweets Life] These babies are roasted at the same temperature and the dressing also contains mustard, which makes these two just meant for each other! I cut the oil in the dressing quite a bit and used a little less anchovies (PS – I hope you’re not scared of them, they are salty and just melt into the dressing. Don’t skip them!). This meal was so good that Adam broke the “no fish in the office” rule and took the leftovers (which were originally meant for me) to work for lunch the next day. He said it was worth the looks he got Winking smile


I’m very seriously considering making these brussels sprouts for Thanksgiving this year. I loved how the sweet caramelized brussels sprouts were balanced by the salty/acidic dressing. Delicious!

PS – The photos were taken in my new “photo studio” with a custom white balance and dimmed overhead lights. I like how much more vivid the colors are. The gorgeous orange hue of salmon helped of course! Smile

Do you have any old favorites you’d like to bring back? Also…

Are you making any veggie sides for Thanksgiving? Share some recipes with me, I’m still trying to finalize my contribution to the table!

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19 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Michelle

    Mustard-glazed salmon is one of my favorite simple fish dishes! I’m looking forward to reading about your re-visited dishes!

  • #2 - Ranjani

    I made those brussels sprouts too! So much flavor…I am probably going to do a veggie for Thanksgiving, but I haven’t picked a recipe yet. I might do something simple like this one (the crowd this year are not the most adventurous eaters…):

  • #3 - Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel

    Thanks for the comment! I popped by and explored your blog a bit–I really like it!

    Oh, and this meal looks AMAZING. I’ve only had brussel sprouts a few times in my life, but I wish I had them more often because they’re so tasty…and the ones you made look to die for.

  • #4 - Kelly

    I LOVE bringing back old favorites. Like you, I think my photography has come quite a long way when I started. I try not to repeat dishes that I’ve made throughout the course of the blog, but like you, I’ve thought it would be fun from time to time to remake things from early in my blog days, when my photos weren’t as good as they are now.

    As far as veggie sides go, here are a few of my favorites:

    Bacon creamed spinach –

    A potato, parsnip and apple puree -

  • #5 - shannon

    oh my gosh, i totally want to cook through some old favorites. if only there were a few more hours in the day. intrigued by these brussels! i’ll have to add them to the list…

  • #6 - Beth

    My photography has come so far in just a year. It’s kind of fun to have the blog to be able to see how you’ve progressed, though I cringe when I look at some of my old pictures. We’ll have tons of veggie side dishes at Thanksgiving. I make an old school broccoli casserole that my cousins simply won’t let come off the menu, though I’d like to update it a little bit (I don’t think that’s allowed). And I’m spending the weekend trying to make a vegetarian version of my favorite stove top stuffing. I grew up on the red box of stove top, but none of them are vegetarian, so now for my cousin and I, I’m going to try and come up with a passable substitute :)

  • #7 - Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    That sounds delicious. I definitely do not cook salmon often enough and this is a great reminder!

  • #8 - Culinary Collage

    I love salmon and yours looks so delicious! I’m not a huge fan of brussel sprouts, but I might just have to try these ones.

  • #9 - Cara

    I think it’s great to showcase old recipes! I do it too and I like to think that I’ll get some new readers to check out my old-but-still-good recipes. I’m loving the sound of the brussels sprouts and I know the guy sitting next to me would love it even more (he always asks for extra anchovies on a caesar salad.) I would have never thought to pair those two together. I’m definitely going to be bringing my own meal (well, sides that I can eat and share with everyone) but I’m not totally settled on it. One thing I know for sure is this carrot souffle:
    I’ve made it a few times and it’s irresistible!

  • #10 - Megan

    I need to do this same thing with some of my first posts… especially pierogi. It is on my list to do soon. I think this is an awesome idea. Beautiful pictures!

  • #11 - Meghan@travelwinedine

    This looks delicious! I actually kind of remember your aunt visiting; I think it was during one of the first times we went running together! I love looking back on old posts.

  • #12 - Tara

    Those Brussels sprouts sound amazing! I love cooking light recipes. There are so many recipes that I’d love to make again, but also so many I need to make for the first time! There are so many good recipes out there!

  • #13 - Hannah

    Mmm… That salmon looks so good! Not sure I’d like the brussel sprouts though, despite the tasty sounding ingredients. Brussels sprouts= No go for me.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog, by the way! Croissants really aren’t as hard to make as you’d think… then again, I don’t know if mine were really that right. Still, it’s butter and butter is delicious.

  • #14 - natalie (the sweets life)

    so glad you enjoyed the brussels sprouts! i would’ve fought for the leftovers too :)

    • #15 - Elina

      I made them again for a Thanksgiving dinner with friends… and there were no leftovers this time! :)

  • #16 - Lara

    I’m so glad you re-posted this! I seem to remember reading it at the time and then never making it because I forgot. Looking forward to re-living some of Elina’s Greatest Hits :)

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