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Salmon with Pesto Butter
and quinoa / asparagus

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Since the pesto butter was the star of this meal that we last featured in 2019, we wanted to bring it back with a shortcut of store-bought pesto.
Smarts: If you prefer to make your own pesto, you'll need a small amount tonight and a larger amount for Wednesday's meal. Be sure to make enough for both nights.


Pan-Seared Asparagus:
  • Asparagus - 10 oz , trimmed
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Water - 1 Tbsp
  • Lemon juice - 2 tsp
Salmon with Pesto Butter:
  • Butter - 4 Tbsp
  • Pesto, store-bought - 2 Tbsp
  • Lemons - 1 , wedges
  • Salmon fillets - 1 lb
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Quinoa - 3/4 cup
  • Stock, any type - 1 1/2 cup


  1. Quinoa - Combine quinoa with stock in a saucepan. Add some salt. Cover and bring to a boil. Lower heat, keep covered, and cook until liquid is absorbed, 8 to 10 minutes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Make pesto butter - Defrost butter in the microwave just until soft. Combine butter with pesto. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Asparagus - Trim asparagus. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Lemons - Slice into wedges. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  5. Salmon - Rinse and pat dry. Season with some salt and pepper.

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  1. Heat a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add cooking oil (portion for asparagus) and then asparagus. Sear asparagus, turning with tongs to get it started cooking on all sides. Add water and cover the pan with a lid to steam the asparagus until tender, ~3 minutes for thin spears and up to 8 minutes for thick spears. Season with some salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Wipe out pan and return to heat. Add cooking oil (portion for salmon). Cook fish on both sides until golden brown and cooked through, 6 to 10 minutes total, depending on thickness.
  3. If quinoa was made ahead, reheat in the microwave.
  4. Squeeze lemon juice over asparagus.
  5. Serve salmon and asparagus over quinoa. Spoon pesto butter over salmon while fish is still warm. Serve lemon wedges on the side. Enjoy!



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