Swimming Upstream

Some days just don’t go as planned. Some days it feels like you’re swimming upstream. I originally REALLY wanted to take advantage of the delicious weather last night and go for a nice, long run. However, yesterday was the baby’s DTAP and the 3yo’s varicella booster. They were both cra-bby. On top of that, my husband’s shoulder was painfully inflamed (injured on the job last year) and he was crabby! What do you do when everyone but you is in pain and crabby? Obviously there were two ways this could have gone. 1: I would get crabby and we’d all be crabtastic together; 2: I get Tim his painkiller, make a killer salmon pasta salad that will make you want to bed a fisherman, and HEAD TO THE BAY for a long, family walk. (There was also a 3rd, nuclear option that involved clown suits and glow sticks, but we won’t go there.)

I obviously chose option 2.

A Baba and his bubbeleh.

Since there were no super chunk, hairy backed, sunbathers this late at night, it was a total WIN.

Tim doesn’t always warn us that he’s going to take the picture.

Dinner was a hit and I am eating it again for lunch. All I could say while I was eating it last night was “ohmahgawd.” My son ate it for breakfast. It was THAT ridiculous. It has dill in it, which I love, but if you aren’t too keen, leave it out. Also, you COULD use tuna here, but it won’t be as delish. Dill is one of those STRICTLY savory herbs I adore. You never see a “lemon dill” cookie, yet you see lemon rosemary, lemon thyme, basil granitas. Poor dill.

Super Awesome Salmon Pasta Salad

  • 1lb wild salmon seasoned and baked (salt, pepper, paprika) or 1 15oz can wild salmon
  • 8oz whole wheat rotini
  • 2 cups sugar snap peas
  • 3 stalks scallions
  • 3T chopped dill
  • zest of one lemon
  • juice of one lemon
  • 3-4T EVOO
  • 1T dijon mustard
  • 2t red wine vinegar
  • salt and pepper
  • 2T capers (optional)

Cook salmon until opaque and chop into flakes, cook pasta until one minute from al dente in salted water, add snap peas to cooking pasta, cook one more minute, drain and rinse with ICE cold water. Chop scallions, dill, zest lemon. Combine salmon, scallions, capers, zest, snap peas, and pasta in a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine all other ingredients, whisk well, toss with salmon mixture. Chill and eat.

Today I am going to cardio kickboxing which I think is going to go like this, “ugh, OW, huh? OW, what? OW. WHat THe?!?!? OW!” We’ll see. I may be tougher than that.


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