#whatsfordinner: Salmon & Grits!

Tonight’s dinner was inspired by Green Valley Grill, in Greensboro, NC and when restaurants are open it will be one of the first places I go!!! MmmmMMMmmm!!

One of my favorite meals is the Grape Leaf Salmon, and while I didn’t have all of the ingredients I had many of them, so we improvised and it was faaaantastic! We played classical music, popped open some wine and pretended to be out! What things are you doing to help you during this time of #stayhome? We find that making a special dinner and creating a special atmosphere from time to time can help.


Grilled Salmon: Sprinkled with Ruth Ann’s Muskego Ave Chicken/Fish Seasoning, this is one of our favorite, simple seasonings. We had fairly small pieces of Salmon, each piece was sprayed with olive oil and sprinkled with seasoning and grilled for 2-3 minutes each side.

Grits: We use fresh stone ground grits from a local mill. 1 cup grits to 3 cups water and add a little salt and pepper.

Options: Try adding cheese, a little cream cheese, and butter for a twist – if you want to go crazy!!

Peas and Pine nuts: I toasted pine nuts at 400 degrees for 5 minutes and added the peas tossed in a little olive oil and the Ruth Ann Seasoning (or salt and pepper) to the same pan to cook. After the pine nuts are done, scoop off the pan and leave the peas in 5 more minutes.

Sprinkle the pine nuts on the salmon right before serving.

Lemon Raisin Sauce: by Green Valley Grill This is an easy sauce to make, but called for 1 1/4 cups lemon juice! Which is a lot!! However we happen to have quite a few lemons and limes that were getting a little over ripe, so it was perfect. Our sauce was made with more lime juice than lemon juice and was still really good! Honestly I loooove limes!!!

There was plenty of leftover sauce and I added shallots and one clove of garlic to the sauce and pureed it to use as salad dressing later this week. It is a little sweet because of the raisins and you could add a teaspoon of Dijon mustard or a little balsamic vinegar to the blend. – Play with your food!! It’s fun.

Time: 30 minutes

Ease: Simple

This was a simple meal, but felt like fine dining. Give it a try and Enjoy!

Questions: lisa@yieldingaction.com

Review: Hello Fresh: Roasted Pork Tenderloin and Fig Sauce

Hello Fresh from the Fresh Market

I love to cook and I enjoy planning meals, but sometimes I just run out of time.  As a result I have considered doing one of the meal delivery services out there, but have never made the commitment to try it.  That is where Fresh Market in Greensboro, NC comes in!  They have partnered with Hello Fresh and have 4 featured meal kits for $19.99 each.  I’m sure this is a temporary  special, but I’m glad I stumbled on it.

Hello Fresh is a Meal Delivery service that provides all of the ingredients needed to prepare a meal for 2-4 people, depending on the plan you choose.  Each meal comes to $9.99 per meal or $8.74 per meal for the family plan.  The ingredients are pre-portioned to make it easy, per the website “Stock your pantry with salt, pepper, sugar, oil, and butter. We’ll take care of the rest!”.   The website also states that you are not locked into a contract.


My finished product!
The Review

Roasted Pork Tenderloin and Fig Sauce

Time: 30 Minutes

Ease: Simple

We loved it!  The meal was easy to prepare, the directions were simple and had pictures to follow, and it was really good!  The meal kit said it served 2 and It did that exactly.  My husband said he felt satisfied and so did I; there were no leftovers.  The Fresh Market price was $19.99 and It would have been hard for me to spend much less than that if I had bought the ingredients.  That said, I’m certain that I would spend much less on some of the other meal options.  It really comes down to, are you willing to pay for the covenience?  For 3 meals a week serving 2 people per meal is $60, this would require good budgeting over the rest of the week for many people.

One thing Hello Fresh did not provide was organic and non-gmo.  I tend to make the effort in both of these categories, especially organic and would like to have this as an option if I’m going to choose a meal service.  They do have a vegetarian option.

I can see where adding Hello Fresh to your weekly meal planning could be beneficial, depending on your lifestyle and budget.  The meal was quick, easy, good, and had fresh ingredients.  It would be a great way to learn to step away from pre-packaged foods and learn to use fresh foods.  Also a great tool for a beginner cook, who just needs to learn to have a few good recipes under their belt or the busy family who just needs dinner on the table in 30 minutes.

If you live in Greensboro, NC stop by Fresh Market to see if they still have the Hello Fresh Meal Kits available and give it a try before deciding to join, plus you get a handy coupon!


Lisa received her Health Coach Certification from the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute, founded by world-renowned physician and author, Dr. William Sears. The Institute is a leader in science-based health and wellness education that focuses on the four pillars of health; Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude and Nutrition (L.E.A.N.). A certification by the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute is obtained only after completing the extensive course work and meeting all requirements. Once certified, a Health Coach possesses the knowledge, tools and resources to make a positive difference in the health of others.

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