I am far from what anyone would call a cooking genius. I honestly didn’t even really learn how to cook until I was almost 30. I asked my husband on numerous occasions if he was certain he wanted to marry me because of all the women he had dated I was probably the one with the least culinary ability. This knowledge of the past women in his life made me feel inferior, so I buckled down and taught myself how to cook. I started with a few recipes here and there and soon I found I could borrow this and that from a recipe and then jazz it up to my standards. I found that chopping vegetables can really be rather peaceful. I found that I didn’t mind cooking after all, (really it’s the cleaning part I am not so fond of). While I still find myself googling terms my more advanced culinary friends like to throw around to impress (or confuse) me, I have learned that some of the most flavorful meals I have cooked for my family have also been some of the simplest. Here is one of my favorites.
Salmon with Asparagus and Couscous
Prep Time 15 minutes Cook time 35 minutes (these are approximate as when you have a little person tugging on your pant legs at any given moment sometimes the prep takes a little longer)
For the Salmon
Place a piece of tinfoil in a baking dish long enough to wrap around the salmon. Place the salmon in the tinfoil. Drizzle a little Olive Oil over the Salmon (for those of you more technical about 2 TBS), squeeze in half a lime, a few crushed garlic cloves, some salt and pepper, some basil and whatever other spices you may prefer, close the tin foil and pop in the oven. Cook at 425° for 35 minutes
For the Asparagus
Wash and cut off ends of Asparagus. Place the asparagus on a baking sheet. (For easier cleaning you could cover the baking sheet with tin foil. Sometimes I do this and sometimes I think, no the environment girl, don’t be lazy, 2 minutes to clean the pan) Drizzle with olive oil, crush a few garlic cloves, squeeze the other half of the lime and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. I put this in the oven when the Salmon has cooked for about 15 minutes so the Asparagus cook time is about 20 minutes (we like ours a little on the crunchy side)
For the Couscous
Follow the directions on the package.
Voila, a healthy, simple and relatively easy meal that even my non cooking sister can make, and is toddler approved.
Cheers and Happy Eating!