It’s been a little while since I last posted a recipe. Graduate school life has my priorities set on lab work and school, and my schedule gives me little time to cook, photograph, and blog (it’s a lot more time-consuming than one imagines). I finally found a few hours this weekend to do just that, and I’m really happy I did. Every time I blog, the process reminds me how much I enjoy it.
With life being busy, I constantly have a mental list of things I need to get done. I have a knack for keeping these to-dos in my head, not writing them down, and often, some of these things slip my mind, and I kick myself later. Recently, I’ve added a couple of aids into my life to help me stay motivated and on track. They’re starting to making a positive influence on my daily and weekly routine, and I wanted to share them with you.
- Writing down to dos
I started a notebook where I write down weekly and weekend to dos. On Friday and Sunday, I make a list of things that I need to get done in the coming days. Having a visual aid of goals has helped me stay on track and limit procrastination. I’m a goal-oriented person and I get satisfaction with marking a completed task off my list. This little addition to my routine has really helped with my productivity.
- Habits iPhone app
I downloaded the app Productive – Habit Tracker from the Apple App store. The app allows you to input habits that you want to keep track of. You input the habit, the frequency that you want to perform it at, and mark it as done on the days that you completed the habit. The app keeps track of your success and allows you to see on a monthly view the days that you performed the habit. This app is a great way for me to stay accountable to myself to keep up with goals that I want to make habits. It’s also a great way to keep track of things I already do to see how often I actually do them. Some of the habits that I have entered are meditate (3x/week), workout (5x/week), and sleep before 11pm (Sun-Thurs).
Today I’m sharing with you a recipe that I found on Pinterest and have been itching to try ever since. I love salmon and usually eat it baked, so I was excited to discover a new way to enjoy the fish. I also love avocado, and eat it almost daily, so the pairing of salmon and avocado sounded delectable. The recipe is by Dara from Cookin’ Canuck (I absolutely love her blog name). Initially, I made these balls for a brunch I made for a girlfriend and me, and the rest are in my fridge for lunch and dinners. The balls are heavenly, and I was pleasantly surprised at how fast they were to make. My next experiment will be to incorporate this recipe into a fish soup.
- 1 lb skinless salmon, cut into chunks
- ½ medium onion, grated
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 tbsp minced cilantro
- ¼ cup + 2 tbsp breadcrumbs
- 1 egg white (~3 tbsp)
- ¾ tsp salt
- ½ tsp ground pepper
- ½ tsp paprika
- ½ tsp ground oregano
- ¾ large avocado
- 3 tbsp plain Greek yogurt
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 tbsp minced cilantro
- ½ lime, juiced
- 5 tbsp water
- ½ tsp chili powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp ground pepper
- Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease a large baking tray with a little oil, or use a silicone baking mat (my preference).
- First, prep the salmon balls. Place salmon chunks into a food processor and pulse until finely chopped with a paste-like consistency. Transfer to a large bowl.
- To the bowl, add the remaining salmon ball ingredients (onion, garlic, cilantro, breadcrumbs, egg white, and spices) and combine well.
- Using a spoon and slightly wet hands, take about 2 tbsp of the salmon mixture and roll between your palms into balls. Evenly arrange balls on baking tray. Place in oven for 17-18 mins.
- While the balls bake, make the sauce. Place all ingredients in a blender (I used my Magic Bullet) and blend until smooth with a consistent light green colour.
- Serve balls immediately with sauce or store in an airtight container in the fridge.