Raw Root Salad, Rice and Peas, Fried Plantain and Broiled Salmon

I recommend preparing this meal in the order the recipes are given. I have found this to be the most efficient use of “wait” time so everything finishes at the same time.
DSC_0022PUERTO RICAN STYLE RICE WITH PIGEON PEAS
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 onion; diced
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 green pepper; diced
1-2 cloves garlic; crushed
¼ cup olives; optional
½ cup diced fresh tomatoes or sauce
1 teaspoons ground cumin
1/4-1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups frozen pigeon peas (found in the frozen Goya section)
2 cups brown rice; soaked in water 3-8 hours, rinsed and drained
3 1/2 cups water

Preheat a heavy bottom pot over medium heat, add olive oil, onion and salt and sauté until soft and transparent, about 5 minutes. Add peppers and garlic, sauté for 3 more minutes. Add optional olives, tomatoes and spices. Simmer for 1-2 minutes. Add pigeon peas, rice and water. Bring to a boil, stir and turn down heat bringing the rice mixture to a slow simmer. Simmer without a lid until almost all the water is absorbed, about 10 minutes. Do not stir as this can make the rice sticky. Cover, turn heat to low and allow to slow cook/steam until rice is tender and all of the water is absorbed, another 10-15 minutes.

SHREDDED ROOT SALAD
2 beets; peeled and shredded
2 carrots; peeled and shredded
2 stalks celery; thinly sliced
4 scallions; thinly sliced
salad greens (I used mesclun mix)

Prepare vegetables and place in separate bowls or on a serving platter.

LEMON AND GARLIC DRESSING
3 cloves garlic; crushed
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
pinch black pepper
1/4 cup fresh pressed lemon juice
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Combine ingredients in a glass jar, tighten the lid and shake. Serve with a spoon or mini-ladle.

FRIED PLANTAIN
2 yellow plantain
oil for the pan
sea salt to taste

Preheat a heavy bottomed skillet over medium heat. Peel the plantain- this can be difficult depending on how (not) ripe they are when picked. I keep a paring knife handy to slice away any left over peel. Cut as you like into roughly 1/4 inch thick pieces. I normally do disks but wanted to try “fries” today. Add olive oil to generously cover the bottom of the pan. Place the sliced plantain in the pan and fry until yellow-golden turning each piece till cooked on all sides. Place on a serving dish and sprinkle with salt.

BROILED SALMON
2 lbs wild (Alaskan) salmon
sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
lemon wedge to taste

Preheat oven to 375. Place the salmon on a lightly oiled broiling pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Turn oven off and broiler to high and place salmon under flame for 10 minutes (it is done when it starts to brown on the top). Squeeze lemon if desired when serving.

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