Recipe challenge ingredients

Braise — Brown it, simmer it, sauce it.

Seafood — Fish, etc.

Pasta — So many shapes and sizes, and you can't go wrong with any of them.

Oregano — A spicy herb that pairs great with tomatoes, olive oil, and in marinades.

Mushroom — Nutritious and more than a dozen varieties for endless cooking options.

Parsnip — An often overlooked root.

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Braise: seafood, pasta, oregano, mushroom, and parsnip

What will you make with seafood, pasta, mushrooms, and parsnips?

The combination of seafood, parsnip, and pasta will get you started for protein, veggies, and carbs. Oregano and mushroom are added for flavor and character.

You might want to combine the ingredients into a single meal — on a sheet pan or in a crock pot, for example — or separate them into multiple dishes. Whatever you decide, we suggest you braise at least one of the dishes.

Recipe Ideas

Roasted Salmon with Parsnips and Ginger

Roasted Salmon with Parsnips and Ginger

Ginger is a great complement to delicate salmon.

Prep time: 10 minutes; cook time: 40 minutes.
  • 1 pound parsnips, peeled and cut into ¾-inch slices
  • 3 tablespoons safflower oil
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated ginger
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons tamari
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • Four 6-ounce fillets wild salmon, skin removed
  1. Heat the oven to 425°. Toss the prepared parsnips with 2 tablespoons of safflower oil and place them on a baking sheet in a single layer. Roast until they begin to brown at the edges (about 15 minutes).
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine the ginger, rosemary, tamari, orange juice, and remaining safflower oil.
  3. Stir the parsnips and push them to the sides of the baking sheet to make room for the salmon. Add the salmon fillets (skinned side up) and return the baking sheet to the oven. Cook 12 to 15 minutes, flipping halfway through, until the salmon is opaque on top and bottom, and it flakes slightly in when pressed.
  4. Transfer the salmon to plates, then pour the ginger dressing onto the hot sheet, gently tossing the parsnips in the dressing.
  5. Serve the parsnips with the salmon, spooning the remaining dressing from the pan onto the parsnips and the fish.

Creamy Wild Mushroom Pasta

Creamy pasta full of wild mushroom flavor.

Prep time: 10 minutes; cook time: 20 minutes.
  • 8 ounces whole wheat penne or any other pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or avocado oil
  • 10 ounces wild mushroom mix
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1 ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 cups skimmed Mmilk
  • 1 ½ tablespoon gluten-free or whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil, add the pasta, and cook for 6-8 minutes or until al-dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté the mushrooms in the skillet for about 8 mins. Add the garlic, chili flakes, and oregano, and cook until fragrant, about one minute.
  3. Whisk the milk and flour in a small bowl until well combined.
  4. Add the milk mixture to the mushrooms, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 3-5 minutes, until the sauce thickens. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Add the pasta and cheese. Mix until combined.

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