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    >>> it is time for today's kitchen simple dinners and simple meals to ease you back into the kitchen.

    >> here to help us get over the grill and back home on the range , is the founder of the 6:00 scramble. viva gold dfarb. what are you cooking up?

    >> salmon. the hardest thing for busy parents is figuring out what to make for dinner at the end of the long day.

    >> so they make mcdonald's.

    >> we're trying to avoid that today.

    >> so i call that the 6:00 scramble. my suggestion is that they take a few minutes on the weekend to plan ahead and shop for a couple simple meals like the ones i'm going to show you today. so we're making a three-ingredient dijon soy salmon. this is a great thing to do with your kids or with your co-host. have you guys paint on some of this mustard right on top of the salmon. you don't have to go too thin. gives it a lot of flavor.

    >> like it crusty.

    >> exactly.

    >> here we go.

    >> slap it on there.

    >> and i like this grainy dijon mustard . and, but you can use any kind of dijon mustard .

    >> hoda.

    >> it's not easy.

    >> you can just do one if you want.

    >> okay. then what do you do?

    >> then you just sprinkle on a little soy sauce .

    >> sprinkle, sprinkle. and if you'd like a sweeter flavor you can always use teriyaki sauce instead.

    >> three ingredients, how easy is that? takes no time. about 10 to 12 minutes under the broiler and you are done.

    >> please go ahead and taste it. that's done. that's three ingredients.

    >> get involved. is that good?

    >> thank you.

    >> oh, my gosh. i do love it with that.

    >> isn't that good? simple. you'll love the next one. this is my green machine quesadillas. always trying to get more greens into our families' bodies. i could have you each make one of these. a layer, on one side, a layer of avocado and the great thing about quesadillas, i love them like this, but you can customize them to your family's taste. and then a handful of spinach right on top.

    >> i fixed yours.

    >> you are like me. a control freak .

    >> and then a little cilantro.

    >> and then a little cheese . and a little bit of -- a spoonful of this green salsa. i like the flavor of this green salsa because it's sort of tangy.

    >> okay.

    >> a little bit on here. and then the nice thing --

    >> not ready.

    >> i'm trying to do it nicely. unlike hoda.

    >> a lot of salsa.

    >> you fold them in half. if you put them in the pan like this, you can fit two.

    >> she's not finished. i'm bored.

    >> so that way if you have two pans you can get four of them going at once. another simple dinner. the really the best thing we can do for our families is have dinner together. these recipes make it so easy to do that.

    >> thank you.

    >> thank you so much.

    >> you can find the recipes on our website.

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updated 8/30/2013 10:39:19 AM ET 2013-08-30T14:39:19

Recipe: Green machine quesadillas

  • 6 large whole wheat flour or flour tortillas
  • 1 avocado, halved and pitted
  • 1 1/2 cups baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)
  • 3/8 cup green tomatillo salsa, plus additional for serving
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream, for serving

Spray 2 heavy skillets with nonstick cooking spray, or use nonstick skillets. Heat the skillets over medium heat. On half of each tortilla, mash 1/6 of the avocado, spread a handful of spinach, about 1 tsp. of cilantro, if using, and top it with about 1 1/2 tbsp. salsa and 2 tbsp. cheese.

Fold the tortillas in half and add them to the skillets, so that their curved edges point to the outside of the pan and 2 tortillas fit in each pan. Cook the quesadillas for 3 to 5 minutes per side until they are lightly browned and crispy. Slice the quesadillas in halves or quarters (a pizza cutter works well for this) and serve them immediately, with extra salsa and sour cream, if desired.

Serving Size

Makes 6 servings

Recipe: Broiled salmon with mustard-soy crust

  • 1 1/2 lbs. salmon fillet, preferably wild salmon
  • 1/4 cup grainy Dijon mustard (use wheat/gluten-free if needed)
  • 1 tbsp. reduced-sodium soy or teriyaki sauce (use wheat/gluten-free if needed)

Preheat the broiler and move the shelf so that the heat source is approximately 4 inches away.

Place the salmon, skin side down, on a baking sheet lined with foil. Brush the top of the fish with the mustard. Sprinkle the soy or teriyaki sauce on top. 

Broil the fish for 10 to 12 minutes, until the topping is browned and the salmon flakes easily and is opaque throughout.

Serving Size

Makes 4 servings

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