Perfect Baked Salmon


Nutritional highlights

Salmon provides important amounts of the antioxidant amino acid taurine. Salmon is an excellent source of vitamin B12, vitamin D and selenium. It is a good source of niacin, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, phosphorus and vitamin B6. It is also a good source of choline, pantothenic acid, biotin and potassium.

Lentils are an excellent source of molybdenum and folate. They are a very good source of dietary fiber, copper, phosphorus and manganese. Additionally they are a good source of iron, protein, vitamin B1, pantothenic acid, zinc, potassium and vitamin B6.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup black lentils
  • 1 cup red quinoa
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 12 ounces salmon
  • 2-3 cups green beans or other vegetables
  • purple sauerkraut if you’re into the weird food zone like I am

Lemon Herb Sauce:

  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic
  • generous pinch of salt (to taste)
  • quick squeeze of honey or agave (to taste)
  • chopped parsley (optional)

Preparation

  1. LENTILS AND QUINOA: Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Rinse the lentils and the quinoa. Place in a large oven safe skillet or casserole with the broth. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until almost fully cooked. Remove and fluff with a fork.
  2. SAUCE: Make the lemon dressing by blending all ingredients in a food processor or just shaking up in a jar. Set about half of the dressing aside.
  3. SALMON: When the lentils and quinoa are done, place the salmon and any other vegetables you want on top of the lentils (skin side down) and drizzle or brush with half of the lemon dressing. Bake for another 10 minutes. Broil for the last 2 minutes. Depending on how thick the salmon is, if it still needs time, just turn off the oven and let it sit in there for a few minutes to finish.
  4. SERVE: When the salmon is fully cooked, serve with reserved sauce and purple sauerkraut

Enjoy!

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