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Honey Mustard Salmon with Couscous and Spinach Salad

Recipe: Honey Mustard Salmon with Couscous and Spinach Salad NEW

Remarks:

    In designing today’s recipe I wanted healthy but I also wanted creative. I wanted a recipe that would inspire you to eat a salad entrée. There’s plenty of flavor, it’s easy to make and it’s a bit on the exotic side. I don’t often make couscous so in this case, for ease, I opted for the box mix. They have really come up with some cool flavors that mix in with the couscous. Couscous, without the extra flavors, can be a bit bland so these extra bits are a welcome addition. I hope you enjoy the salmon dish and feel free to serve it to company. Even healthy can be celebrated.

Servings:
Serves 4

Ingredients:

    ¼ cup of butter, melted
    3 Tbl of Dijon mustard
    2 Tbl of honey
    1/3 cup of plain bread crumbs
    1/2 cup of finely chopped pecans (optional)
    2 Tbl of chopped parsley
    a light dusting of cayenne (optional
    4 salmon filet portions (wild salmon preferred)
    lemon slices for garnish
    4 hands-full of baby spinach
    2 tsp of butter
    5 baby carrots diced
    1 red bell pepper diced
    3 green onions diced (white and light green parts only)
    1 box of couscous mix. (you choose flavor. I prefer parmesan)

Instructions:

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees

    In a small bowl stir melted butter (1/4 cup), mustard, and honey. On a large plate mix breadcrumbs, pecans and parsley. Brush each salmon filet liberally with mustard mixture. Put them in an oiled baking dish. Then sprinkle with the breadcrumb mixture. Dust lightly with cayenne for a bit of zip. Bake the salmon 12 – 15 minutes (depending on how done you like your salmon).

    While the salmon is baking, make the couscous. Follow directions on the box. In a small sauté pan melt the butter (2 tsp) and add carrot bits and red pepper along with the green onions. Saute on low until carrots are loosened up and the green onions are tender.

Serving Suggestions:

    When ready to serve, put a handful of baby spinach on each plate. Put a spoonful of couscous over the spinach. Place your salmon on top of the couscous and sprinkle the carrots, peppers and onions around the salmon. Garnish with lemon slices.

Enjoy. Cheers! Zola

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