Quick, easy, cheap, healthy weeknight dinner

Oh, and it uses barely any dishes.  What more do you people want from me?

I had a friend in town last week, and that involved a lot of eating (and drinking) out, so I felt the need for a healthy and non-spendy week.  So I’m reacquainting myself with the sofa and kitties, and went to the supermarket yesterday.  For a grand total of four quid, I picked up two salmon fillets and a head of broccoli, which has served me for two nights supper.  Not bad.

Here’s how I do it to minimize effort and time… Get home, preheat the oven to 175c (350f), and whilst the oven is preheating make a marinade to cook the salmon in.  I throw in whatever is lying around and catches my fancy.  Last night’s version was soy sauce, rice vinegar, fish sauce, crushed garlic, ginger, and chili flakes.  Tonight’s was miso paste, mirin, rice vinegar, dijon mustard, and brown sugar.

Put the salmon fillet on a piece of foil, fold the edges up, pour the marinade over, and loosely seal the packet.  Stick it in the oven for 15 minutes.  A few minutes before the fish is done, chop your broccoli, put it in a bowl with a tiny bit of water, cover in clingfilm (pierce it in a couple places), and steam in the microwave for 3-4 minutes (the time will depend on your microwave’s power).

When the broccoli is done, put it onto a plate, take the salmon out of the oven, and pour the marinade over both the broccoli and the fish.  Et voila, one of the easiest and healthiest weeknight dinners I can think of, and one that can be easily varied by changing the fish, vegetable, or marinade.

Oh, and the only dirty dishes to do are the plate you eat off of and the bowl you steamed the broccoli in.  Easy peasy.

– Anna

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