Here's one for you: I don't really like vegetables. Particularly broccoli.
I said it.
Actually, let me clarify - I don't like mushy vegetables. Particularly mushy broccoli.
I'm a texture person (hence why I hate eggs). Canned and boiled vegetables nearly ruined me.
But, I found a way to salvage the goodness of vegetables (particularly broccoli - are you noticing a theme here?) .
Steam them. Then stir in some hummus.
Steaming vegetables allows them to retain their crunchy structure, they don't become mush, and retain a lot of their nutrients. Pair them up with super-food salmon and you've got yourself a satisfying, healthy meal.
(Mushy fish almost ruined me, too. But sticking it under a broiler gives it a nice texture and just a little bit of crisp.)
Added bonus - it's super-fast. I seriously just made this. Under 30 minutes.
This is a dinner you can feel good about. Good and good for you.
Broiled Salmon & Broccoli with Hummus
For the salmon -
1 pound salmon, thawed
olive oil for drizzling
half a lemon
salt & pepper to taste*
*Side note - I recently discovered that my husband placed some red pepper flakes in our pepper grinder. I did not realize he did this until I was eating food I had prepared the other night and it had a surprisingly nice bite to it. It was brilliant on the salmon - just a little bit of heat, so you might try it.
1. Rinse and pat the salmon dry.
2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the salmon in the baking sheet and squeeze the lemon onto the fish. Drizzle with olive oil.
3. Rub the olive oil all over the salmon. Season with salt and pepper.
4. Move oven rack to the highest position possible. Turn oven to LOW broil and place fish on the rack. Broil on LOW for 10-15 minutes.**
5. Turn oven to broil on HIGH and broil the fish for 5 more minutes.
6. Remove from oven. Fish should be cooked through and have a nice crisp on the top and along the edges.
**I broiled mine in the toaster oven so you may have to vary your cooking time if using a regular oven. Also, I used a single, one-pound filet so it took a little longer to cook. If you are using smaller fillets, you may need to use a shorter cooking time. Monitor closely so that fish does not get overcooked.
For the broccoli with hummus - (have your water ready and boiling when fish has about 5 minutes left to cook)
1/2 head of broccoli or one package of broccoli florets, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
1/4-1/2 cup of prepared garlic hummus
1. Place 2 1/2 cups of water into a medium stock pot; bring to a boil.
2. Carefully place a metal colander into the opening of the stock pot so that it sits above the boiling water and is securely positioned.
3. Place the chopped broccoli into the colander being careful of the steam.
4. Using the stock pot lid, cover the broccoli and begin steaming.
5. Allow broccoli to steam for about a minute and a half then carefully stir the contents to evenly steam on all sides.
6. Cover and steam for another 1-2 minutes. The broccoli should be bright green and firm.
7. Remove the colander - be watchful of the steam.
8. Take the steamed broccoli and place it into a medium-sized bowl. Add the hummus and stir together until well-coated.
9. Serve immediately with the salmon.
There you go. That's it! Enjoy.
Happy Monday, friends!
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