Glazed & Grilled Salmon

This dinner is one that BOTH kids love. Imagine that? Using simple marinades is a good way to add flavor and avoid allergens.  This delicious salmon recipe was adapted from a recipe I found on allrecipes at

For this dish, which serves 4, you will need:

2 lbs salmon, skin off (cuz it’s icky)
1/4 cup each of olive oil, soy sauce (I use Publix brand with less sodium), and brown sugar
2 tbsp lemon pepper seasoning. I use McCormick’s brand.
1 tbsp dried parsley
1 tsp garlic powder

Combine all ingredients in a storage bag and allow salmon to marinate in the fridge for 3-4 hours at least.

Heat grill to medium, line with foil, and cook salmon for 10-15 minutes. It should flake easily with a fork and be a light pink color throughout.

I usually serve this with steamed broccoli and white rice.  Simple and healthy.



Simple Steak Dinner

Here’s a dinner that’s sure to please the meat-lovers out there.  Going out for  a steak dinner with food allergies is like going out for anything else, risky!  Cooking it for yourself at home, is quick, saves money, and grilling uses fewer dishes!  When we have steak, we usually serve it with microwave-baked potatoes and steamed broccoli.

I start by coating a fresh top sirloin steak with garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and McCormick’s Grill Mates Montreal Steak Seasoning.  Then I place it in a storage bag and marinate the steak in worcestshire sauce.  We use either Publix or Lea & Perrin’s brand.   I try to do this at least a day in advance or save time by doing it on grocery day and sticking it in the freezer, already marinating itself, so all I have to do on steak night is thaw it out.   Grill the steak for 6-9 minutes on each side, checking it for desired doneness.  (A note about grilling: make sure your grill hasn’t been used to make anything like cheeseburgers etc or has been thoroughly cleaned to avoid allergens.)

I rinse and cut the fresh broccoli, place in a steamer basket, then place the basket in an pan with just about a half inch of water in it.  Cook on medium high for 7-10 minutes until desired tenderness.

For the baked potatoes, scrub them well under hot water with a vegetable brush, poke a few times with a fork on each side to vent, then place on a clean plate in the microwave for 7-9 minutes each.  When done, slit down the center, pinch the ends to open it up, and slather on your dairy free butter or sour cream.  We like Earth Balance brand of dairy free butter and Toffutti brand Sour Supreme.   For variety, substitute a sweet potato with dairy free butter, cinnamon, and maybe a sprinkling of brown sugar.  nom-nom-nom…..

In less than 30 minutes of prep and cook time, you’ve got a classy, money-saving, SAFE, and simple dinner!  Win!