Nov 6, 2015

Recipe: Garden Pesto Salmon Sandwich

Love fish and love fish night, but don't love the high cost of a restaurant date out at an overpriced seafood place? There's no need anymore, because now you can get the same great quality at home with BumbleBee SuperFresh®, for a lovely date in or a lovely picnic date out, enjoying the beauty of fall! BumbleBee SuperFresh® is a complete line of naturally-seasoned, restaurant quality, “fish-forward” prepared seafood solutions for the home. It raises the bar for what seafood lovers can expect from frozen food!

In NYC, there are plenty of great 'event' dates - museums, shows, theater, and so much more! But I find that some of my favorite dates (and my favorite days) are when we keep it simple. 

Don't get me wrong, going out in the city is a blast! I saw the Lion King on Broadway a few winters ago and still remember it as an amazing experience. But that's the sort of special occasion thing that's a wonderful treat for now and then, but a bit excessive on a weekly basis (unless you happen to get free Broadway tickets and are dating a dramaturg). 

For the more regular date, I prefer going on strolls, having a nice homemade picnic, watching a movie, and just generally enjoying free time and the beautiful fall weather with great company! One of my favorites is having a casual lunch and then going to the roof of the Met (Met admission is free/pay as much as you want) to look out over beautiful Central Park and chat!

Let's not lie, we all love a good PB&J on a picnic or for lunch. I'm a young adult, however, and date young adult guys who have a bit more of an appetite and maybe a bit higher of a protein need at lunch (especially if I'm going to drag him all across Central Park to puppy-watch and visit the reservoir) than a single PB&J will satisfy. 

Instead of going through a loaf of bread's worth of PB&Js for a lunch date and leaving my date feeling like our casual lunch is a real downgrade from a restaurant, I like making a hot sandwich for lunch that's still quick, easy, and affordable, but has a more grown-up and gourmet feel (and is more satisfying) than a PB&J! 

Try my Garden Pesto Salmon Sandwich, featuring restaurant-quality BumbleBee SuperFresh® Salmon with Garden Pesto, for your next lunch date in. BumbleBee SuperFresh® Salmon with Garden Pesto is wonderfully flavorful and has no preservatives and has all natural ingredients, so you can enjoy great taste with great nutrition! 

If you have more lunch dates like this and a few less in restaurants, you'll not only find that you and your date are both enjoying healthier lunches (and the many health benefits of salmon!) but that the money you'll save on eating out will add up to a Lion King on Broadway (or Radio City Christmas Spectacular - it's on my bucket list for one of these years) date without sacrificing any enjoyment!

Read on for the quick and easy recipe. There are only ~5 minutes of prep and it takes only ~25 minutes total to make, from start to finish, including the salmon baking time!

Garden Pesto Salmon Sandwich
Serves 2

Before we get on with the recipe, I'd just like to point out how fresh that fish is. It's not breaded or heavily sauced or hiding under a ton of unnatural ingredients - BumbleBee SuperFresh® is "fish forward" and shines in its own right!

Okay, fan-girling over: on to the recipe!

* 4 slices of bread
* 1 Package BumbleBee SuperFresh® Salmon with Garden Pesto
* 2 Roma Tomatoes
* 2 Pats Unsalted Butter
* Himalayan Pink Sea Salt, to taste
* Ground Black Pepper, to taste

1) Preheat oven to 400F. 

2) Remove the salmon from their plastic packages and place in their individual parchment packets. 

I love that all BumbleBee SuperFresh® seafood is no mess and no fuss but pure perfection, time after time - aka perfect for a lunch date. You just can't beat salmon and tilapia in a ready made parchment paper baking pouch that can go from freezer to table in under 25 minutes, with just pure and simple ingredients richly seasoning the protein rich main event of the meal!

3) Fold over the open edge of each parchment packet to seal.

4) Bake the salmon, seasonings side up, for 20 minutes in the preheated oven.

A few minutes before the salmon is ready:
5) Toast the bread.

6) Butter one side of each slice of bread. Sprinkle, to taste, with salt and pepper.

7)) Cut the tomatoes into thick slices. Distribute evenly over two of the four slices of bread.

When the salmon is ready:
8) Carefully remove the salmon from the packet, slice in half, and place on top of one of the tomato-covered slices of bread. Repeat for the other tomato-covered slice of bread and salmon packet.

9) Close each sandwich with the remaining slice of buttered bread, butter side down. 


If you love this, check out the BumbleBee SuperFresh® website to see what other varieties of BumbleBee SuperFresh® fish (including different preparations of salmon, tilapia, and ahi tuna) are available and where you can find them near you! 

BumbleBee SuperFresh® is a complete line of naturally-seasoned, restaurant-quality, "fish-forward" prepared seafood solutions for home that raises the bar for what seafood lovers can expect from frozen fish. 

Stay in and save money over a restaurant meal out, but don't compromise quality!

What are your favorite casual dates?

Do you prefer to go out or stay in?

What is your favorite untraditional way to eat salmon? I think it makes a pretty great healthy sandwich topping and my taste testers agree!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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