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Rachael Ray Smokey Maple-Glazed Salmon (#giveaway) #NutrishforCats – CLOSED

Written by Rachel Phelps

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My pals, I recently got a unique package in the mail from my pals at Rachael Ray Nutrish. I was so excited … well, until Mom told me it wasn’t for me, but for my cats and my parents. I thought she was pulling my paws. So I opened up the container and she was right!

Nutrish sent my cat siblings Pepper and Pibb a package of their new Salmon and Brown Rice food (more on this great cat food tomorrow) to try out, and, they also sent Mom a gift card and some of the ingredients to make the human version of their new cat food. I immediately got a little scared. Mom isn’t a good cook, and I didn’t want her to burn down the house … hehehe. She promised me she was up for the challenge and would be super careful. Then, off to the store she went with the shopping list.

Here is the recipe:


  • 1 cup brown or white rice
  • 1 bundle watercress or upland cress (2 cups), stemmed and coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), divided
  • 4 medium to large carrots or multi-colored farmer’s market carrots, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon all-natural liquid smoke
  • 1/2 cup dark amber maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 4 salmon fillets, skin removed (8 ounces each)
  • 2 teaspoons Old Bay seafood seasoning
  • 2 cups frozen sweet peas
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup chives, chopped

Serves 4


Prepare the brown or white rice, according to the package directions. When the rice is done, fluff with a fork and combine with the watercress leaves.

When the rice has been cooking for 5 minutes, pre-heat the broiler and heat a skillet over medium-high heat with 1 tablespoon EVOO, a turn of the pan. Add the carrots to the pan and season with salt and pepper. Sauté to tender-crisp, 6-7 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small pot, bring the liquid smoke, maple syrup and vinegar to a boil and reduce over high heat, stirring constantly for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat.

Season the salmon with salt, pepper and Old Bay seafood seasoning. Heat the remaining tablespoon EVOO, a turn of the pan, in a large, ovensafe, nonstick skillet and cook the salmon top-side down, 3-4 minutes. Flip and pour the maple syrup glaze over the top of the fish and place under the broiler for 3 minutes to caramelize the glaze.

Add the peas to the carrots and heat through while the fish is under the broiler. Add the butter and chives to the veggies. When the butter has melted, turn off the heat.

Serve the salmon with the peas and carrots and rice with watercress alongside

Mom came home with everything but the watercress. She said she had no idea what that was and surely it wasn’t too important. See, I told you she isn’t a good cook … hehehe.

Nutrish Dinner for Two

Next, she started cooking the rice and sautéed the carrots. Personally, I think she made way too many carrots, but I like them, so I didn’t say anything.

Nutrish Dinner for Two

Next, it was time to season the salmon and cook it in a skillet. Oh my dog, it smelled so good and sweet (Mom says it was because of the maple syrup). Then, Mom got a little overwhelmed and called in Dad for help. She said she didn’t know how Rachael Ray can watch, stir, and combine different pots together, and talk to us on our TV sets all at the same time.

But I have to admit, Mom’s meal came out looking really nice. She gave me (and the cats) a tiny piece of the salmon too … and it was delicious! Good job Mom!

I asked the cats if Mom’s meal tasted similar to the new Rachel Ray Nutrish cat food. They said that yes it did, they can taste the delicious salmon in their new food. Tomorrow, we will be sharing more info about the feline food here on our website.
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My pals at Rachael Ray Nutrish want your cats to try the new cat food.

One of my lucky readers will win a Nutrish prize pack!  This pack will include an assortment of wet and dry Nutrish for Cats food!

So what are you waiting for?  Enter now!

How to win!

How: Comment below and tell us:  Does your pup like to get his teeth brushed?
Prize: a prize package of Nutrish cat food
Dates: August 6- 20th 
How To Enter: Comment below and tell me: Check out the Nutrish website and tell me which flavor you think your cat would most like to taste test? Make sure to follow the instructions below to be to be officially entered.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Rachael Ray Nutrish All thoughts and opinions are my own.  As always, thank you for reading and supporting our sponsors.

About the author

Rachel Phelps

Rachel Phelps, “America’s Pet Parent,” is an award-winning writer, photographer, and certified dog trainer. She keeps busy managing the career of her Internet celebrity dog Preston from Preston Speaks. Her three Westies — who think they are mini-humans — and three cats rule the house. To learn more about Rachel go to: Rachel Phelps Website


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