I've discussed in my previous Salmon Almighty post how much I absolutely LOVE this fish. Its so versatile, easy to cook, and the health benefits are endless. I try to cook a salmon dish at least twice per week and thanks to BJ's Brewhouse Restaurant, I've found inspiration for a new delicious recipe.
Usually when my husband and I eat at BJ's I get their Enlightened Turkey Burger (its so delicious so I definitely recommend trying that as well). However, the last time that we went I was craving something new. I noticed on their Enlightened (lower calorie options) menu that they have a new Roasted Peruvian Quinoa Bow entree. I ordered this and fell in complete love!!
I decided to try and make this at home with a few tweaks. Its super simple with the main ingredients of salmon, quinoa, brown rice, mushrooms, and spinach. The good thing about this dish is that you can add, subtract, and substitute ingredients to your liking. If you don't care for spinach try adding another veggie. If you don't like mushrooms take them out. You could also add tomatoes (like BJ's does) or peppers. My recipe is listed below with the picture shown above.
2 salmon filets
2 cups brown rice
1 cup quinoa
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 diced onion
1 clove of minced garlic
3 mushrooms sliced
1.5 bunches of spinach, slightly chopped
**any additional salmon seasoning that you'd prefer
Preheat oven to 400 degrees and season the salmon to your liking. I use salt, pepper, and Old Bay seasoning. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
Wash spinach and chop, wash mushrooms and slice.
Cook brown rice according to package directions.
Rinse quinoa and in a sauce pan bring quinoa and 2 cups of water to a boil. Once brought to a boil reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Cook until water is absorbed which is usually about 10-15 minutes. Feel free to add a bit of seasoning to the quinoa if desired.
Heat olive oil in a skillet and add onions, garlic, spinach, and mushrooms to saute. Add salt and pepper to taste. Saute until spinach is at your preferred consistency. For me it was about 3 minutes.
After the salmon, quinoa, brown rice, and veggies have cooked you can create your bowl. I mix the quinoa and brown rice together, add the spinach and mushrooms, and place the salmon on top.
There you have it! If you give this a try let me know how you like it. At the very least, go try it at BJ's Brewhouse :-)