Avocado Stuffed Salmon


Hey you! How can it be that we’ve been this out of touch?! Are you getting into the swing of your fall routine? This summer seemed to fly by in the blink of an eye. I hope you have been enjoying this crazy, hectic time!

All is so very well over here. We are feeling like we’ve got this “new start” thing down. Georgia is literally jumping with joy about kindergarten so far. She’s been an absolute champ with all of the newness and I couldn’t feel more proud of her. Jude’s doing his part time preschool thing and is loving his own special time with a wonderful teacher and friends…he’s such a little sponge and has an amazing, curious nature. And Rocco, well, chubby, happy and the most sweet spirited little human I’ve ever known. He brings so much joy to all of us.

Having been away from blogging these last few months has really proved to me that a part of my heart truly belongs to you guys. I’ve missed it so much..and the interaction with all of you. I’ve simply been waiting for “that perfect time” to start up again. Waiting for when things slow down and I’ve got more time to plan thoroughly, photograph to my best ability and write in peace and quiet. But guess what? I’ve realized that’s just not going to happen..and I’m totally okay with it as long as you are!

So I’ve decided to just jump back in…perfect posts or not. See, the truth is, dinner time comes so dang quickly, as you know first hand. Getting dinner on the table can feel like pure chaos. Writing out recipes as I go is something I’ve been able to handle just fine…but by the time that dinner needs to be served I’ve got two starving kiddos that need to eat so we can head up for bath and bed…and a hungry little monkey that must eat NOW or his delicious little thighs might whither away;) So the beautiful, finished-product photos? Man they just aren’t happening! I’ll get there you guys, I will. But for now, this is our new normal and I’m just fine with it. Can you ease into this whole deal with me? We can do this! 

So for now, here’s what you’re going to get: me writing to you from my phone, recipes that we love that have been working for this new, busy family of 5, some sort of photo that will likely be taken with an iPhone with no editing, and a whole lot of love. You’re simply not going to get rid of me as easily as you may have thought! 

So there used to be a restaurant many years ago in Minneapolis called Cafe Havana…anyone remember it? It was the most amazing spot on Washington Avenue, long before the North Loop was a thing, that served Cuban food that was socks-knocked-off worthy. And the mojitos? Ooohh wee! They had this very simple dish they served that was avocado stuffed salmon with sautéed veggies and rice. The salmon literally melted in your mouth…the combination of avocado and salmon is a complete match made in heaven..I just adored that dish. 

So, as any good citizen would do, I’ve recreated the recipe at home to share with you. And while the ambiance has changed a bit-think going from a dark, candle lit, cocktail lounge vibe to a kitchen full of “mommy can you help me with this? Mommy I’m hungry! Mommy when’s daddy going to be home?! I have to go potty” type vibe….the dang salmon is still pretty stinking good! I’d pretty much take this new vibe over the old any day 💗

I hope you enjoy this uber quick, super easy one, friends! I love to serve the salmon with coconut rice and sautéed veggies, just like the good old days;)

Avocado Stuffed Salmon

Ingredients 

4 (approx 4 oz) Salmon Fillets

2 Avocados, mashed

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

Kosher or Sea Salt + Black Pepper, to taste

Directions 

Preheat oven to 400. Place salmon fillets on a work surface and cut a slit in them horizontally (do not cut all the way through). Stuff mashed avocado in between the slits and season the fillets liberally with salt and pepper.

Heat olive oil in an oven safe skillet (I love to use cast iron for this but any will do) over medium high heat. Sear the salmon , skin side up if they have skin, for 1-2 minutes until golden brown. Flip the fillets over, transfer the pan to the oven and finish cooking until salmon is cooked to desired doneness, about 5-7 minutes depending on thickness. Serves 4. 

Xo

Friends…I’m still here, I swear. I think about you every day. I wake up thinking, ok this is the day I’m going to make this glamorous share-worthy meal that I can share with you. I still meal plan..but the key note here would be plan. My plan has been winding up into the shortest route to get dinner on the table. Because, this happened 


This is Rocco Nicolas, you guys. And I can’t believe how long it’s taken me to introduce him to you. Is this how everything goes with the poor third child? But really, you shouldn’t feel one bit bad for him, because he is more loved than I thought was humanly possible 💙


He was born on 5.4.17 and our world has never been more joyful. The big kids are adapting so wonderfully. I keep waiting for the “honeymoon” love they have for him to fade, but we are 6 weeks going strong and I’ll take every second of it. They are so kind and sweet to him, and it makes me cry to think about how patient they’ve been with me constantly nursing him or tending to him..they really take such good care of each other; what a blessing. 

And Nick, he’s been everything.  Giving him all the Daddy and Husband high fives these days…he’s been such a help in every way.


As for Rocco, well, it’s like he came out and said “mom, I know this is going to be a transition for you, so you just let me know what you need me to do and I’ll do it”. Bless his perfect heart, he’s the most chill, sweet, smiley, delicious little thing ever. He is just the perfect addition to our little circus and we can’t get enough!


Things have been pretty busy…from visitors to travels to sickness for momma and Georgia…it’s been crazy! But I wanted to check in with you and let you know I will be back so soon with recipes. I can’t give you a date or a day, because, well, it’s summer and I am vowing to put my kids and fun and memories first. But I will be sharing our new so-called food life shortly, I promise. 

I hope you are well and that your summer is off to a great start! Sending much love and sunshine your way! Xo, M

Photos by the AMAZING Erica at Slow Road Photography 

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