Doesn't that look delicious? Let me tell you, it WAS. Yum! The best part is that the recipes are all from barre people. See how they look out for us? Love that.
The main dish was Bacon-wrapped Salmon with Balsamic Glaze from Leah Sarago. You can find the recipe on Leah's site here. Honestly, the recipe is pretty easy, but it looks really fancy. So make it next time you're having people over because they'll think you're Julia Child. The Darling Son #1 doesn't even like fish all that much, but he likes this. Quoth he: "I only like fish when it has this yummy sauce." Leah's site has some other great recipes, including a turkey chili that is the Darling Husband's all time fave.
Oven-roasted Broccoli: yes, the broccoli was roasted. That's brilliant. Really, I roast vegetables all the time, but somehow it never occurred to me to roast broccoli. This one is from the Pure Barre website. You can find the recipe here. The DH even went back for seconds... on BROCCOLI. That's a first when there's been bacon involved.
Lastly, the baked sweet potato is from the Physique 57 book. It's your basic baked sweet potato, but they have you rub the outside with olive oil and sprinkle it with sea salt, which makes the skin nice and crispy. And really, the skin is where a lot of the good stuff is, so if you can incentivize sweet-potato-skin-eating, you're performing a public service.
By the way, the Physique 57 book is awesome. There are many great recipes and the paperback edition includes a 30 minute DVD with segments compiled from the Volume 2 DVDs. It's a great way to try my favorite workout of all time, otherwise known as The Workout Holy Grailtm.
Normally I wouldn't make such a special dinner on a Wednesday, but the DH is finally home from a long trip so I thought I'd keep the Trader Joe's frozen lasagne on ice for another night.
Highly recommend all these great recipes! Bon appetit!