Overall rating: 5 of 5
Meal Description and Cooking Instructions
This dinner entrée consisted of about a cup of whole wheat linguini with a medium-sized salmon fillet atop. A small amount of light tomato-based sauce coated both the noodles and the salmon.
I was to provide items from the dairy and fruit sections of the food pyramid to supplement the meal. I decided to top the main dish with some shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese and add a serving of unsweetened, frozen mixed berries (thawed).
The heating instructions called for microwaving the meal on high for 1 to 1 ½ minutes. I added an additional 15 seconds since my microwave oven tends to require a longer cooking time.
My General Impressions
I normally don’t care for salmon, but I wanted a meatless dinner on this particular evening, and this was the only one I found on this week’s list of substitution meals. Boy, was I pleasantly surprised.
The salmon was moist and tasted fresh. It didn’t have the overpowering flavor that I normally associate with salmon. The linguini was cooked al dente and provided that subtle nutty flavor that is characteristic of whole wheat pasta.
The tomato sauce had a subtle garlic/oregano flavor and was laced with parsley and mushroom slices. Although there was probably not more than a tablespoon or two of the sauce, it flavored the salmon and the noodles wonderfully. I’ve decided to make a note to remind myself of this fact and refrain from using so much sauce when preparing my own meals. Why consume the extra calories if I’m not left feeling deprived with a lesser amount?
I was initially surprised to discover that over 32% of this meal’s calories are from fat—90 of the total 280—until I remembered that salmon is one of the fattier varieties of fish. Since these are the good, omega-3 fats, the higher fat content of the meal doesn’t concern me.
The meal contains a healthy 20 grams of protein. Total carbs weigh in at 29 grams, with 4 grams of fiber and 3 grams of sugars. This entrée supplies 15% of the recommended daily average Vitamin C intake, 2% of Vitamin A, 4% of calcium, and 8% of iron.
My mixed berries and wedge of cheddar cheese provided the dairy and fruit components to the meal. The linguini represented the starch group, and the salmon provided the protein. Other than the tomatoes and mushrooms in the small amount of sauce, there were no vegetables in the meal.
If anyone had ever told me I’d give a meal containing salmon a perfect “5” out of 5 rating, I wouldn’t have believed him. But this meal deserves nothing less.
The salmon was moist and flaky and tasted fresh. The whole wheat linguini was cooked to a perfect texture and added a delicious flavor to the dish. The tomato sauce was nicely seasoned and added just the right zest to both the fish and the pasta without overpowering their unique individual flavors.
The fact that I would definitely order this entrée again if given the chance speaks for itself.