Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Lemon, Basil and Salmon

Let’s hear it for discount fish. Fish that’s so deeply and desperately on sale, they actually print “WooHoo!” on the price sticker to get you to take it from them.
Cheap Salmon -
Generally, I’m not a fish eater. But it’s early February and there’s a lingering “New Year, New Me” theme still floating around my person. You should see how nicely I’ve folded all the workout clothes that were stuffed under my bed and placed them in convenient “day by day” dress piles next to the closet so that there can be “No Excuses!”

Exactly how many years of life do you have to endure before you’re finally willing to settle on the fact that you may never see your abs proudly stretching through your skin, the relationship you have with your family is just fine as it is, and you’re still a decently articulate and thoughtful person even if you can’t get through a novel a week (and I mean real novels.  None of that Fifty Shades “It’s just a fun beach read” horse shit.  I really read, people!)

However many years it is, I’m not there yet.  I’m still doing crunches and then running to the mirror to see if there’s an eight pack.  There’s sorbet in the freezer instead of ice cream. The pasta is whole wheat.  And the fish doesn’t come with tartar sauce and a slice of cheese wrapped in a “McBun.”

I will give myself this though: today marks the 1,255th day I’ve gone without a drop of alcohol.

It also marks the second day I’ve gone without smoking weed, but that’s only because I had gum surgery yesterday and the periodontist said if I smoked, it might increase the blood flow in my mouth to the point that Rick Grimes may emerge from the woods and drive the sharp end of a fence post through my head.

But still… change is still possible.  Little by little, if we stay focused, keep an eye on our goals, and don’t beat ourselves up for being human, we may eventually become the people we dream we are.  I hope that for you.  I hope that for me.

But I did buy Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food yesterday.  Who can blame me, though? It was on sale.

WooHoo, indeed!

Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Lemon. Basil and Salmon

Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Lemon Basil and Salmon
Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis
Serves 4

  • 1/2 pound whole-wheat spaghetti pasta
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil + 1 Tablespoon olive oil, separated
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt and more for seasoning
  • 1/2 freshly ground black pepper, and more for seasoning
  • 4 (4-ounce) pieces salmon
  • 1/4 chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 3 Tablespoons capers
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach leaves

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook for approximately 8-10 minutes. Keep an eye on it and check it regularly. It should be tender, but still have a little firmness when you bite into it.

As the pasta cooks, warm a Tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Season your salmon with salt and pepper (I added some fresh dill). Add the salmon to the heated oil in the pan and cook until medium-rare, about 2-3 minutes per side. Remove salmon from the pan.

Drain the finished pasta and transfer to a bowl. Add the minced garlic, the two Tablespoons olive oil, salt and pepper, and toss to combine. Add the basil, capers, lemon zest and lemon juice to the spaghetti mixture just before serving, and toss to combine all ingredients completely.

Place spinach on plate and top with salmon. You can also place some salmon on top the pasta, or cut the salmon into small pieces and toss it with the pasta.

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