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Grilled Salmon With Tuscan Beans

(recipe, Donia Clark)

Introduction

When I first started learning to cook, I used buy those little books filled with recipes that sit near the supermarket checkout. They're usually published by food companies, such as Campbell's, Kraft, Ortega, etc. and the recipes would feature at least one, if not more, of their or their subsidiary companies' products. Most of these processed food recipes weren't very healthy, but at the age of 13, I wasn't looking for healthy, I was looking for easy, inexpensive and tasty, which these books usually provided. My favorites were published by Better Homes & Gardens, which seemed to focus more on actual meals than just throwing a company product onto any food imaginable. I was digging around in my closet looking for a hat when I came across some of those old "cookbooks." This recipe comes from Better Homes & Gardens' All-Time Favorite Chicken & Fish. I decided to splurge and go with a fish recipe. The recipe was originally published as Grilled Tuna With Tuscan Beans, but I found some salmon steaks that were cheaper, so I made it into Grilled Salmon With Tuscan Beans. I also made a couple other minor tweaks to suit my mood. Listen to Frank Sinatra's "Songs For Swingin' Lovers" while making. It's as warm and saucy as the recipe.

Ingredients

  1. 1 lb. salmon steaks
  2. 2 cloves minced garlic
  3. 2 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp. basil olive oil
  4. 1 14.5 oz. can of quartered stewed tomatoes
  5. ΒΌ tsp. ground sage
  6. 1 15.0 oz. can of drained and rinsed cannelini beans
  7. 4 tsp. lemon juice
  8. 2 tsp. pepper
  9. Butter-flavored cooking spray

Steps

  1. In a large frying pan, heat 1 tbsp. olive oil.
  2. Add garlic.
  3. Add undrained tomatoes and sage.
  4. Bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  6. Stir in beans.
  7. Heat for 5 minutes.
  8. Mix 4 tsps. olive oil with 4 tsps. lemon juice together in a small bowl.
  9. Brush each side of the salmon with oil and juice.
  10. Sprinkle pepper on each side.
  11. Grease grill rack with cooking spray.
  12. Put salmon on the grill and cook for 5 minutes per side, turning gently.
  13. Divide the bean mixture among the plates and top with grilled salmon. Too marvelous for words!