I don’t have much of an appetite these days especially during weekday lunch when my mind’s all over the place and I am crossing things off my to-do list. By the time it registers in my brain that I’m hungry, I am out of bandwidth figuring out what I’m in the mood for and just need to feed myself as quickly as possible so that I don’t break my work momentum. Eat out or cook something quick at home? Usually the thought of going out and walking under the hot sun just to grab food in the middle of the day makes me wilt and whimper, so I end up rummaging through my fridge and pantry to see what I can make. Preferably something fast but flavorful to tease my tastebuds and feel better about my day. This is the downside of working from home and/or being a homebody sometimes. Little wonder why my pantry is well-stocked because honestly going out in the middle of the day for no good reason is a chore for me.
There’s a piece of salmon and other miscellaneous lonely vegetables in my fridge this week, so I whipped up this Mustard Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon in less than half an hour – from kitchen to dining table. It’s easy and packed with flavor. And I console myself with the thought that salmon is packed with Omega-3 for a brain boost so I’m doing myself a favor in the middle of the workday to cook in between my daily routine geek-tivities.
Mustard Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon
1 piece salmon 2 tablespoons grainy mustard
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
Sprinkle salt and pepper on salmon, broil skin-side down in 185 degrees Celsius oven for 7 minutes. In the meantime, mix together grainy mustard, brown sugar and soy sauce, then brush generously over salmon and continue roasting for another 7-8 minutes until salmon looks visibly opaque. Serve over rice or pasta.
The lonely yellow onion sitting at the bottom of my fridge ended up being sliced thinly and tossed it into the oven to join the salmon party. I made Sugar Snap Peas sauteed in leftover homemade herb butter, to accompany my salmon. Homemade lunch, done. And then back to work for me!