When I saw this recipe for Asian Style Salmon Packets in the February-March 2017 issue of Taste of Home I just knew I had to try it. It was easily adjusted for cooking for two and it took less than a half an hour to prepare. Perfect for a busy weeknight! These Asian style salmon packets have a wonderful combination of citrus and spiciness. Plus clean up is a breeze, what’s not to like! I decided to prepare this recipe for my daughter when we were visiting her in the Seattle area. Salmon is in abundance on the west coast and there are many sources of fresh fish to enjoy. I had no trouble convincing my daughter to let me cook this meal for her.Asian Style Salmon


Asian Style Salmon Packets




4 slices of sweet onion

4 salmon fillets (6oz each)

3 Tbsp chili sauce

1 Tbsp lime juice

1 Tbsp sesame oil

1 garlic clove, minced

1 tsp mustard seed

1 tsp ginger, minced

½ tsp black pepper

Sesame seeds

Chopped fresh mint

Grated lime peel




Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Place each onion slice on a double thickness of heavy-duty aluminum foil (about 12 inches square) Top with a salmon fillet.


Combine the next 7 ingredients; spoon over the salmon fillets. Fold foil over the top and crimp the edges to seal.


Place on a baking sheet. Bake until the fish flakes easily with a fork, about 15-20 minutes. Open the foil packets carefully and serve with mint and lime peel.Asian Style Salmon

Delicious served over some hot rice cooked with chicken broth and flavored with fresh cilantro.Asian Style Salmon


The recipe serves four people but is easily doubled or halved depending on how many people you are serving. There were four of us eating this delicious Asian Style Salmon and everyone enjoyed it. There were no leftovers at all!Asian Style Salmon

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10 Easy Healthy Habits You Can Start Right Away


Let’s face it, we all tell ourselves we are going to be healthier, but then a few weeks (or even days) later, we simply cave into temptation and utter the phrase “I’ll start next week”. You might be oddly comforted in how not alone you are in this feeling.


That’s why, I wanted to share with you guys some of the absolute easiest ways to be healthy, all of which are habits that you can start adding to your daily routine right now.



  • Carry a water bottle around with you everywhere you go


It’s no secret that water is amazing for your health. It clears your skin, gives you energy, regulates your bowel movements, and the list goes on. So, while you may already know that you should be drinking more water, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you actually are drinking more water.


By carrying around a water bottle (filled, of course) with you everywhere you go, you are constantly reminding yourself to drink water, effectively increasing your likelihood of drinking it. If you are sitting on the computer, scrolling through Facebook when you notice that water bottle right beside you, the chances of you turning down a gulp are a lot slimmer, then if you had to actually get up and go to the kitchen for a glass. Try it!



  • Eat breakfast every morning


This may sound like a given, but you’d be surprised how easy it is to skip breakfast when you’re running late and have somewhere to be. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and kick-starts your entire metabolism.


It’s so incredibly important that you set yourself enough time in the morning to eat a fulfilling breakfast before heading out the door. If time is of the essence (aka you love to sleep in), try preparing your breakfast the night before, that way all you have to do is eat the food – no preparing required.Poached Eggs with Creamy Brussels Sprouts



  • Get 7-8 hours of sleep per night.



This habit requires little instruction beyond me saying DO IT! Sleep is when your body repairs itself, fights sickness, grows, and countless other things that simply need to be done for your survival.


7-8 hours is how many hours a night a teenager/adult is recommended to receive.



  • Stretch at least once a day



Stretching your body after a long day or even before what you anticipate will be a long day, is extremely great for your body and muscles.


Not only will you increase your flexibility in no time, but stretching will elongate your muscles, making them more elastic and less prone to strain. If you sit at a desk all day, get up every hour and stretch your back, arms, and legs for at least 1 minute. You will feel so much better at night, and you’re also helping your body in the long run.



  • Workout 3 times a week



Okay, so this habit doesn’t seem quite as easy as the previous ones, but I assure you it is one of the best for your health. Whether you go to the gym or workout at home, getting your blood pumping and your muscles working at least 3 times a week is a necessity for good health and a long life.


If you plan to work out in the comfort of your own home (no judgment here) and want to spice things up with some actual gym equipment, some gym equipment names that are great for beginners are upright bike, treadmill and elliptical.exercise



  • Get some fresh air



By far the easiest on the list is simply going outside and getting some fresh air in your lungs. Take a break and get outside! Not only will the fresh air clear your lungs and get you feeling fresh and awake, but it’s also refreshing to leave the confinements of the indoors and remember what else exists in the world.


Some simple ways to get outside is to eat your lunch outdoors, go for a walk after work, take your kids/pets to the park, or even simply just take 5 minutes and stand outside of your home and breath!exercise



  • Read



Before bed, pull out a good book, magazine, newspaper, or anything other than an electronic device, and read. Reading before bed will relax your mind and put your body to ease, essentially granting you a deeper sleep.

Even if you hate reading, even just 5 minutes of it before bed will do the trick.



  • Call your friend or a parent on the phone



Silly in theory, but talking to someone you’re close to on the phone and hearing their familiar voice will grant you much ease and relaxation. This is great for your mental health since humans are meant to interact with other humans!


Simply pick up the phone right now, and call your mom or dad or a friend and have a chat with them. You’ll feel better, guaranteed.



  • Take a daily vitamin



Takes less than 30 seconds a day, and you will be giving yourself better health for the rest of your life. Taking a daily vitamin or supplement gives your body those extra nutrients that it needs to feel great and work at its best.



  • Finally, laugh



Ah yes, laughing, the best medicine out there! Laughing is great for your body in countless ways, and I needn’t say more other than: go laugh. Watch a comedy show, talk to your friends, whatever it takes to get your giggling.


There it is! Our 10 easy healthy habits you can start right now! Hopefully, you got something out of this that you can incorporate into your own life.


Guest post by Evelyn Kail.

Creating a study space or “homework station” just for your kids is a great way to encourage better study habits in your children. It also helps keep the home organized—and the kids engaged in their work away from an area that you might need after school (such as the kitchen table). Plus, as this article points out, establishing a designated study area can even help your child enjoy better work-life balance as they separate schoolwork from other aspects of life such as family time or sleep time.


A kid friendly study space, of course, is a little different from an adult’s ideal workspace. Here are some key tips for establishing a kid friendly study space or homework station in your home.


Find your ideal setting.


There isn’t any one perfect place for a kid friendly homework station; it will depend entirely on your family’s lifestyle. If your child needs a space with very little distraction, for example, you might consider moving a desk and chair into your child’s bedroom. If you would prefer to have your child complete homework in a community area, where you can monitor them and answer questions as needed, you might consider carving out a special area in your living room or dining room. You could even try converting an unused space in your home, such as a dining room, sun room, or loft, into the perfect study space.


Start with the basics: a table, a chair, and a free wall.


All you really need to create a basic homework station are a table or desk, a chair, and a free wall. In spaces like your child’s bedroom where you have some room to spare, you might consider investing in a desk that includes drawers and other useful organization features. If all you have is a free wall in the living room, on the other hand, you could instead opt for a narrow table positioned right up against the wall. (Narrow tables, in particular, are great because you can arrange one or two against the wall and create multiple homework stations!)


Bonus tip: If you want to create two separate homework stations in one space, consider setting a tall open bookshelf sideways against the wall and then setting a small table on either side. The bookcase in the middle will offer storage while separating the two study spaces.


Add color.


Once you have the fundamentals down, it’s a good time to start thinking about color. Making your child’s homework station colorful will make it more inviting and a more fun place to work. It could even inspire creativity. You might paint the table or chair a bright color, or you might plan to incorporate colorful accents and desk supplies into the space later on.


Get organized.


Be sure to create some organization at your child’s homework station. You might, for example, install a shelf on the wall for your child’s textbooks and study aids. You might also include a large dry erase calendar on the wall for writing in daily assignments and long-term projects. File folders, bins, pencil cups, and hooks for backpacks can also help round out the space.


Stock up on essentials.


As you’re beginning to organize your child’s study space, now is a good time to consider all of the school supplies your child might need. Here is a brief list of the most common essentials for a homework station:


  • Pencils and pens
  • Erasers and correction fluid
  • Colored pens and highlighters
  • Colored pencils, crayons, and markers
  • Paper clips and a stapler
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Calculator
  • Lined loose leaf paper
  • Blank computer paper
  • Folders
  • Binders
  • Laptop


Add decor.


As with color, a homework station that’s lacking in fun decor is not going to be very inviting. Look for fun accents that you can incorporate into your child’s space. You might install a cork board, where you can hang favorite photos and important reminders. You might add a colorful globe or wooden block letters. Fun bookends, a decorative pencil cup, a colorful lamp—look for things that will appeal to your child’s taste.


Where do your kids study in your home? Share your creative ideas for your children’s homework stations below!


Guest post by: Maurine Anderson

Turkey Burgers with Tropical SalsaOur grill has finally appeared from under the snow bank and although it may not be feeling like spring outside it is never to early to do some grilling. Enjoying these turkey burgers with tropical salsa will give you a taste of the warm summer weather to come. This recipe serves four people.


Turkey Burgers with Tropical Salsa



1 pound ground turkey

2 scallions, minced

¼ cup whole wheat bread crumbs

2 Tbsp minced celery

2 Tbsp salsa

¾ tsp ground cumin

½ tsp chili powder

½ peeled and cored fresh pineapple, chopped

2 kiwifruit, peeled and diced

1 scallion, sliced

¼ cup fresh cilantro

1 tsp grated lime zest

2 tsp diced pickled jalapeno peppers

2 whole wheat hamburgers buns, split and toasted

4 lettuce leaves




Combine the ground turkey, scallions, breadcrumbs, celery salsa, cumin, and chili powder in a medium bowl and mix well. Shape the mixture into 4 patties.


Cook the patties on your grill or use a heavy skillet and cook them over medium heat. Cook until the internal temperature in 165, about 5-6 minutes on a side.


Meanwhile make the tropical salsa. Stir together the pineapple, kiwi scallion, cilantro, lime zest and juice and jalapeno in a medium bowl.


To serve place the bun, cut side up on each of 4 serving plates. Top each bun with one lettuce leaf and one burger. Top evenly with the salsa and serve!Turkey Burgers with Tropical Salsa

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