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[Review] Family Meals by Michael Smith

Amazingly, Chef Micheal Smith cooks each and every day for his family. Being a celebrity chef is a full time job, but so is being a Dad. In his newest cookbook, Family Meals, Micheal shares 100 of his tried and true family recipes.

Each recipe is accompanied by a full colour image and easy to follow instructions. He makes the recipes look fun and approachable. I like the photos of his family in the kitchen that are scattered throughout the book.

The book is divided into different sections including lunchbox and snacks, meatless Mondays, soups, stews and casseroles and more. There are lots of one pot meals, desserts, slow cooker dishes and tips and tricks for packing lunches and more.

Some recipes that I’ve got my eye on include:

Nutmeg Waffles with Banana Butter, Pizza Soup, Chili Cornmeal Crusted Salmon with Avocado Salsa, Street Tacos, House Red Sauce, Nacho Burgers and Fallen Chocolate Cake Stuffed with Whipped Cream.

At the back of the book behind the traditional index, a full colour image grid of all the recipes can be found. It’s very handy and makes flipping to your favourite recipe a breeze! I really enjoyed this book and the creative dishes. Each recipe can be made at home with easy to follow instructions and every day ingredients.

I’m happy to be able to share with you today one of the recipes that I made with this book.
Chili Crusted Salmon

Chili Cornmeal Crusted Salmon With Avocado Salsa

You’ll Need:

For the salsa
2 avocados, scooped and diced
2 green onions, diced
1 pint (500mL) cherry tomatoes, halved
A big handful of chopped fresh cilantro, a few sprigs reserved for garnish
The zest and juice of 2 limes
½ teaspoon (2mL) of salt
½ teaspoon (2mL) of your favorite hot sauce
¼ teaspoon (1mL) of toasted sesame oil

For the crispy crusty salmon

¼ cup (60mL) of fine yellow cornmeal
2 tablespoons (30mL) of chili powder
2 tablespoons (30mL) of brown sugar
1 teaspoon (5mL) of salt
4 to 6 fresh skinless salmon fillets (5 to 6 ounces/140 to 170 g each)

1. Preheat your oven to 425F (220C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly oil the paper.
2. Make the salsa first. In a medium bowl, combine all the salsa ingredients. Toss and stir, evenly distributing the bright flavors. Set aside.
3. Move on to the salmon. In a shallow bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, chili powder, brown sugar, and salt. Dredge the salmon through the crunchy coating, evenly and thoroughly coating each piece, shaking the excess back into the dish for the next piece. Position on the baking sheet and roast until cooked through, tender and juicy, 10 minutes or so.
4. Scoop a generous mound of the salsa onto each plate. Top with a piece of crispy crusty salmon and a festive sprig of cilantro. Serve and share!

1-IMG_3156I found this dish super quick and easy to prepare. The coating was crispy and spicy, and the salsa went with it perfectly.

My salsa doesn’t have any clinatro in it because the grocery store I went to had each and every herb except for cilantro. (go figure.) I’ll  definitely be making this again!

Find out more about Family Meals below:

Family Meals features 100 recipes straight from Michael’s home kitchen – his passion for real, homemade food and his love for simple, healthy cooking comes through in every recipe. On top of amazing meals for Breakfast & Brunch, Simple Salads, Soups, Stews & Casseroles, you’ll also find ideas for Family Meals in Minutes, Cook Ahead, Meatless Mondays, Slow Cookers & Pressure Cookers, Lunchbox & Snacks – and of course every family’s favourite – Sweets & Treats!

With beautiful full-colour photography and easy-to-follow instructions for every recipe, it’s simple to try some of Michael’s favourites, such as Weekend Pancakes, Nacho Burgers, Old World Chicken Cacciatore, Special Shrimp Fried Rice, Tortilla Lasagna and Boston Cream Cupcakes. Family Meals is the must-have cookbook for families to enjoy cooking and eating healthy, delicious food together.

Family Meals by Micheal Smith was published on August 5th, 2014 by Penguin Books. Click here to get your copy!

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