Smoked Salmon Snow Peas

Smokes Salmon Snow Peas

Have I ever mentioned how much I love Trader Joe’s? Roughly 3000 times you say? Well, brace yourself, here’s yet another reason why TJ’s is my favorite starving artist go-to. I love me some smoked salmon. In heaven I will eat a toasted bagel with cream cheese and lox every single day of eternity. Unfortunately, back in the mortal realm, smoked salmon is one of those pricey pay day items that requires a paycheck and some serious convincing. At least that’s what I thought until I discovered Trader Joe’s smoked sockeye salmon in a single pack for $4.99. At around 100 calories for the entire pack, it’s small enough to eat as the star of one’s dinner, but big enough that you could stretch it out for a tray of appetizers for a few friends.

For me I would just eat it straight from the package for an afternoon snack or throw it into some scrambled eggs for a light and protein-filled dinner. As an appetizer my default would be to reach for the Carr’s table water crackers, Philadelphia cream cheese, and capers… but I am far more conscious of my health these days and am always looking for ways to snack without too much danger (i.e. dairy and wheat). So, when I discovered that I had a bag of snow peas (also from TJ’s) in my fridge I thought, yes: crunch, flavor, nutrition, zero guilt, done. I simply took one or two peas and wrapped them in one of the thinly sliced pieces of fish. Cheap elegance. Now of course you very well could smear some cream cheese on these bad boys and no one would be upset. Or you could skip the cream cheese and dip them into soy sauce just like sushi…. or both…. mmmm….. And the good news is if you have more than a few friends to feed, it’s only $5 to buy a second pack. How could you go wrong?┬áThis is all yet more evidence that Trader Joe’s is likely a front for human trafficking or giant drug empire, but it’s so fantastic and affordable that we’re all just not questioning it.

Any other quick healthy snack ideas out there?

**Disclaimer: TJ’s is notorious for randomly not having items for indiscriminate spans of time (at least at the location near me). I’ve definitely gone for weeks without seeing the single, but it always comes back. The price may also go as high as $5.99 – still a bargain in my book.

Ginger Stir Fry

So I told you I had a plan for that leftover pork and brown rice. Well here it is. This is one of my favorite uses for short grain brown rice. I have actually converted a decent number of brown rice believers with this recipe. And really, all this is is a stir fry. You can use whatever vegetables and meat (or not) that floats your boat. What makes this a special recipe is that I grate in a lot of fresh ginger at the very end and let it permeate the entire stir fry. It’s so yummy and so good for you, just be mindful of how much oil you’re using. Also don’t forget that just because you’re eating brown rice doesn’t mean you should eat five servings of it. It’s still rice, it’s still carbs, and so it still counts.

This was a hard recipe to type up since there are a lot of steps, but basically you just want make sure everything gets the opportunity to cook through. If you don’t own a wok, then this recipe may not be for you. I got my wok as a christmas present years ago. Such a great gift. If you decide to purchase one, because it is NOT non-stick. You’ll have to season it, but it will be so worth it. Enjoy!

Ginger Stir Fry (Recipe PDF)