Don’t get me started on my mid-life crisis. It’s way too complicated to go into here. But I think we have time to discuss my mid-week crisis – or I should say crises (which, borrowing from the Greek, is plural for multiple mishaps). It seems no matter how hard I try there’s always at least one night a week when I just can’t get it together. These mini-disasters always seem to fall mid-week too. I guess I could start a new internet fad and start posting Woeful Wednesdays. Roasted Salmon and Beets for Woeful Wednesday!
Except it’s not Wednesday, it’s Saturday. The holiday interrupted my regularly scheduled mid-week crisis. Whether it’s mid-week or weekend doesn’t really matter. There are some days when you just can’t seem to get all your ducks in a row. So skip the poultry and reach for fish. It cooks quickly and pairs with almost anything you have on hand, and I almost always have beets on hand.
What makes this Roasted Salmon and Beets such a terrific crisis intervention food is simplicity. The beets and salmon roast on the same sheet pan. Too many dirty dishes can seem insurmountable during the most ordinary of mid-week crises.
I may have only used one sheet pan to roast my salmon and beets, but it’s a two-step process for best results. On the first pass steam the beets by covering the pan with foil. Once the beets are tender, remove the covering and lay on the salmon fillets – drizzling the marinade on top. The marinade and the juices will mingle happily creating a tasty sauce. At this point, it’s just a matter of cooking the salmon to your liking. The key to mid-week crises is not overthinking the beets or the salmon. So crank the oven good and hot. I like 450 degrees F. In the spirit of not overthinking this mid-week meal I use this rule: Salmon roasting time depends on the thickness. For every half-inch thickness of salmon, roast 4 to 6 minutes. GREG
PS I added sautéed beet greens (cooked in a second pan) because I’ve trained myself to perform at the highest levels even under the pressure of a mid-week crisis!