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Cooking with Mom in mind

By Staff | Feb 3, 2017

One of my favorite healthy, easy-to-make weeknight dinners is a salmon packet with vegetables. It only takes about 20 minutes total to prep and cook, and is incredibly delicious.

My mom discovered this dish in US Weekly, her favorite magazine to get the latest celebrity news and gossip. This recipe, given to US by model Heming Willis, takes zero clean up time and allows for easy additions and substitutions.

While cutting the skin off the bottom of the salmon is my least favorite (and the most smelly) part, it all comes together beautifully afterwards. When my mom last visited me in August, she prepared this meal for me. Whenever I cook it for myself now, it reminds me of her. I believe that food should have a meaning and serve a greater purpose than just sustaining us. A smell should remind one of a memory, and a taste should bring back a conversation. Food should bring people together.

When consuming good food, it’s something that tends to be remembered in the mind. This particular dish reminds me of my loving mother and they way she takes care of everyone around her. I mean, what mother flies all the way across the country to visit her daughter and then cooks dinner for her while she’s there? I want to say thanks to my mom for always being there for me and for always feeding me!

While this recipe only calls for diced zucchini, I tend to add cherry tomatoes, as well. The baking of the tomatoes brings out such a sweet flavor to add to the zesty lemon and dill combination. Other vegetable suggestions are carrots, potatoes, bell peppers, broccoli or mushrooms. Remember, vegetables are a great, low-calorie way to fill up. I also like to sprinkle a little bit of Parmesan cheese on top before eating. When done cooking, just throw the foil away for easy and fast clean up.

Mavec is a reporter for The Tribune.

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