Loaded BBQ Salmon Filet

There are several things we REALLY need to address right now, number one being caramelized pinto beans.  Yes, you read this correctly.  You can get some tasty caramelization on a dang PINTO BEAN!  I melted just a touch of oil and butter in a non-stick skillet, and once the oil was extremely hot and the butter was foamy I dumped in a drained can of Simple Truth pinto beans.  They sizzled and sputtered and they got golden brown, and I sprinkled these tiny flavor bombs packed with protein all over the salmon you see below. NOW, onto more important things...

Recently, I was asked to attend the KIC Think Tank. It was a few days in Ohio last week with other incredible bloggers at Kroger's innovation kitchens to talk about what Kroger is doing to end hunger and what we can do with our platforms to participate.  I love the brands we get to work with, but I have to be honest: There is something very special about what this grocery store giant is committed too.  "Zero Hunger, Zero Waste" is an initiative dedicated to ending hunger and grocery store waste.  40% of all food in America is thrown out, unused, uneaten, while 1 in 8 Americans are food insecure and go without the food they need.  I am partnering with Kroger to do what I can and use up every last bit of food I purchase, shelve, and refrigerate.  It is an incredibly worthwhile endeavor.   

While we were there, Kroger hosted a blogger cook-off.  We all chose a dish to cook that was fresh and simple and would inspire folks to get cooking in their own kitchens.  I came up with this salmon recipe to bring something simple and fresh to the weeknight dinners game.  I love a fuss-free salmon recipe.  I hope you make this and 14 other salmon dishes just like this one for your family.  By the way, all ingredients were purchased at my favorite Kroger grocer, Fred Meyer -- they're the best!  Click here to find a Kroger store near you!

And last but not least, be sure to let me know in the comments about your ideas to help use the food you have!  #RedWhiteandBBQ #KICThinkTank

Cook Time 20 minutes

Serves 4-6 People


1 2 lb. salmon filet of your choice

1 cup of Simple Truth Organic BBQ Sauce

1 garlic clove, crushed

2 Tbsp. Simple Truth Organic Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar

1/2 tsp. cracked black pepper

1/2 tsp. Kroger Coarse Kosher Salt

Squeeze of fresh lime juice


To Finish

2 cups char grilled corn (see method)

2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved

1 bunch cilantro, chopped

1 bunch scallions, chopped

1 cup crumbled aged white cheddar

2 ripe avocados, diced

1 cup thinly sliced red onion

1 cup crumbled Simple Truth Organic Yellow Corn Tortilla Chips

1 cup caramelized Simple Truth Pinto Beans, (loose method listed above in description)

Slices of lime for garnish

4-6 cups mixed greens



Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Prepare all the garnishes. Line a baking sheet with parchment. Lay the whole salmon filet onto the parchment-lined sheet and set aside. Take care to remove all the bones. Mix the BBQ sauce and pour half over the salmon filet. Bake the salmon for 20 minutes or until the fish is cooked completely. Once the salmon has finished cooking, sprinkle all the garnishes over top and serve directly from the pan. Serve over mixed greens and top with lime juice.

To char the corn, grill the cob on all sides in a grill pan or under the broiler.  Slice off the cobb and use for topping the salmon. Enjoy!

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