We just got home and settled from our camping trip. We had a great time, though we got rained out before we really got tired of being gone. My second son was so devastated when we decided to leave, "But mom, we were just getting started!". Luckily we had a few really nice days with a couple of beach trips, and I really enjoyed everyone being unplugged from everything. Both boys happily read books, drew pictures, went for walks, played in playgrounds, and went swimming in Buffalo Lake. Even better, my first son was exhausted and fell asleep instantly every night. My second son was way too excited to be away from home and was up later than I wanted to be!
I loved my camp kitchen set up. It's amazing how such simple things can be so useful and work just as well. Everything eaten outdoors tastes better!
Tonight was a seriously quick meal. From stove to table in about 25 minutes, and it tasted amazing. Even my picky second son was happy to eat his dinner, though he's decided that rice isn't something he likes anymore. I played with a #testkitchen idea I had when camping. I mixed up a small bowl of glaze that I spooned directly on the salmon when it went in my pan. It carmelized beautifully and kept the salmon moist and flavourful.
To make this as quick as possible, start your rice cooking while you mix up your marinade. Once it comes to a boil, start your salmon cooking. Towards the end of the salmon's time, cook your frozen vegetables- I used the microwave- and get out your fresh vegetables.
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp soy sauce
1.5 tsp molasses
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
a couple of shakes of Worcestershire sauce
Mix up this glaze. Cook your salmon portion on medium heat, starting with skin side down. Spoon glaze on salmon as it begins to cook. Flip over after about 10 minutes, and cook on the other side for about another 10 minutes. As with all fish, cook until it flakes easily and falls apart when you try to flip it. My rice was done cooking not long before the salmon, so I turned off the heat and it stayed hot until dinner. I sprinkled a bit of salt across the top of the salmon just before serving.
I hope you enjoy this as much as we did! I'm sad there weren't any leftovers.