Smoked Salmon Spaghettini

Recently my parents took a little vacation over to Queen Charlotte Island, good ol’ West coast Islands.  Whenever they go away to the island, they often return with some fresh goodness for all of us.  They didn’t disappoint, with fresh (I mean super fresh) smoked salmon.  It was delicious, perfectly pink, soft, cool, separates with a fork and so moist.  I also love salmon because of the fact you are getting your Omega fats, essential fatty acids, so easily.
I enjoyed the salmon multiple ways: with eggs for breakfast, in a summer salad with greens, in a wrap, or just as is.  However, I wanted to try something different with the remaining amount.  I set out to make a summer smoked salmon pasta…spaghettini to be specific.
You guys…delic!!  De-fricking-licious.  My kids ate it up, and my 3-year old actually said “mmm momma decious” (him trying to pronounce delicious is insanely cute).
So if you are a smoked salmon lover, why don’t you try this family friendly recipe out.  Super easy, healthy (of course), filling, and even kids will eat it.  All of my meal goals – check.
Ingredients:
1 pkg whole wheat spaghettini
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
5-6 garlic cloves, pressed
1 large tomato
1 handful baby spinach
1 handful kalamata olives
2 filets smoked salmon
garlic powder – to taste
salt – to taste
pepper – to taste
oregano – to taste
1 tablespoon basil pesto (optional)
2 teaspoons lemon juice
feta cheese – to taste
Directions:
Make whole wheat spaghettini, ensure you add olive oil while boiling it.  Drain, and set aside.
In a seperate pot, sautee garlics and onions (optional to use margarine or none).
Once sauteed (onions are translucent), add chopped fresh tomatoes, chopped baby spinach, and kalamata olives.
Add the smoked salmon, shredded.
Mix and cook until vegetables are slightly soft.
Add the pasta back in.
Add seasonings to taste:  garlic powder, salt, pepper, oregano.
Mix well.
Optional tip:  Add a tablespoon of basil pesto at this point as well and mix.
Add lemon juice, drizzle slightly.
Once everything is coated, mixed well and cooked together, top with feta.  Close the lid and take off the heat.
It’s done, it’s great, it’s easy…it’s so yum.  Serve with a side salad, this makes a perfect summer dinner.
Enjoy!

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