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This Tastes Much Better Than It Looks

I am not a photographer so just trust me. You’ll really like this.

I often just put stuff together for a dish to serve my husband and me…and boy, is he a good sport. Sometimes I hit a home run and other times I foul out in the most glorious way. Tonight was a win, so I thought I’d share it here. Mind you, I don’t use measurements when I wing it so go forth and experiment. And don’t forget, you can always add more but you usually can’t remove ingredients.

This is good for a cold winter day like the many we’ve had here lately. It’s a great comfort food but also provides a good amount of nutritional value. You get some good omega-3 fatty acids from the salmon. Coconut milk is a good source of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) that are one of the healthy fats. The mixed veggies provide various vitamins and fiber. Spices each have their own nutritional profile and the lime juice is a good source of vitamin C.

Comfort food doesn’t mean junk food. You can find foods that have a great nutrient profile and still feel warm and satisfied eating them. Bon appetit!

Salmon Stew

This is a combination of things I already had in the fridge, freezer and pantry


  • 1 Slow cooker


  • 32 oz vegetable broth
  • mirapoix this is chopped carrots, celery and onion
  • 4 large cloves garlic minced
  • frozen salmon, skinned I had sockeye so that's what I used
  • mixed vegetables
  • small red potatoes I didn't peel or cut them
  • dill
  • ginger I used powder but you can use fresh
  • Trader Joes Cuban Style Citrusy Garlic Seasoning Blend I put that s**t on everything
  • coconut aminos
  • coconut milk I didn't use canned but will next time
  • Thai red curry paste
  • lime juice


  • put broth, mirapoix, garlic, salmon, vegetables, potatoes, spices and aminos in the slow cooker and cook on high until potatoes are soft. I cooked it for about 5 hours.
  • Stir in curry paste, coconut milk and lime juice and heat about another 30 minutes
  • serve


Here is what I did:
I used two store bought pkgs of mirapoix so probably about 2 cups
I used 6 salmon filets but you can use less
I almost always use a heavy hand with most spices except salt but you can use what you think will work
I also like a strong lime flavor so I used the juice of a whole large lime
I used about a quart of coconut milk from the half gallon carton. Next time I would probably use the full fat canned coconut milk because it's thicker.
This came out really tasty with lots of good flavors that worked well together. I am no chef so I can't give you all the nuanced descriptive terms they use so the bottom line is...yum.
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  1. Kebba Buckley Button on January 31, 2022 at 8:47 pm

    Karen, you’re right– it looks terrible– kindof like a suet cake in a bird feeder. But behold! The recipe sounds great! And this is the first I’ve heard of TJ’s Citrusy Garlic Seasoning Blend. That sounds heavenly. I do get bags of frozen mirepoix veggies from Kroger stores like Fry’s– such a time saver and flavor enhancer. I must try making this sometime soon! Thanks!

    • Karen on February 1, 2022 at 9:13 am

      LOL Kebba…I appreciate your frankness. Part of the reason it doesn’t look so tasty is my poor photography skills. I just wanted to get something in the recipe and didn’t have a lot of time to stage it…not that my staging skills are any better. Try it out and let me know what you think.

  2. Victoria Juster on January 31, 2022 at 9:21 pm

    Sounds delish, Karen! I haven’t heard of TJ’s Citrusy Garlic Seasoning Blend and will definitely look for it on my next trip.

    • Karen on February 1, 2022 at 9:11 am

      I don’t live that close to a TJ’s so I stock up when I go. I also like their Chili Lime(?) seasoning. I think that’s the name but it has a red label and Lime is definitely in the name.

  3. Marthq on January 31, 2022 at 10:42 pm

    I love salmon but never thought of using it in a stew or soup! I too like to use what I have in the fridge or freezer (which is what I’ll be doing for February). Congratulations on completing the UBC and I’ll be watching for more posts!

    • Karen on February 1, 2022 at 9:09 am

      Thanks Martha. I am hoping to keep the momentum going. I know you’re very good at that so I’ll look to you for inspiration.

  4. Laura Orsini on January 31, 2022 at 11:54 pm

    I’m not much of a fish person, but I could imagine substituting chicken for a really great result. Thank you for sharing.

    • Karen on February 1, 2022 at 9:08 am

      I could see that as a good substitute…go for it Laura.

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