Oh, if only fish ‘n’ chips were fat-free, gluten-free, zero-calorie, organic, paleo, suitable for a 2-day on the 5:2 diet, full of healthy endorphins… Only 4 more school nights ’til Friday, though.
In the meantime, if you’re also having a non-stuff-your-face day then try out this quick little salmon dish for dinz.
It’s served with garlic spinach, spiralized veg, sprinkled with soy sauce and lemon and baked in paper – en papillote, as Greg Wallace would say. Yes, the spiralizer’s been partying again.
Oily fish + mountains of spiralized veg + select condiments = a surprisingly yum and filling dinner that might make you forget about your need for stodge for a while.
Here’s what you need to make this for two:
2 courgettes, spiralized (or grated or peeled)
2 carrots, spiralized (or as above)
1 medium/large onion, spiralized (same again)
Bag of pre-washed spinach leaves
Fat clove of minced or grated garlic
2 salmon fillets
1 lemon, sliced in half
Sea salt and cracked black pepper
Here’s what you do:
Preheat your oven to about 160C
Rip 2 sizeable sheets of baking paper to create your parcels
Place half of the mound of your spiralized veg in the centre of the paper
Place your salmon fillet on top
Sprinkle soy sauce on your salmon and over your veg, as much or as little as you like, according to prefz
Grab your lemon half and give it a massive squeeze so it rains over your ingredients
Sprinkle on some pepper
Now create a loose parcel by scrunching up the corners of the paper
Place parcels on a baking tray in the middle of the oven for 20 minutes
About 15 minutes in, splash some olive oil into a frying pan and heat over a moderate setting for 30 seconds
Throw in your garlic and heat for a minute or two until it’s translucent
Chuck in your bag of spinach and, with a spatula or wooden spoon, press it down and turn it until it’s wilted to your favourite wilt setting
Pull salmon from the oven, and still in its parcel, plonk on a white plate and open carefully – this is not the time for a steam facial
Add spinach, salt and pepper, and serve with a very cold glass of wine
Or water. It’s Tuesday. God. Tuesday. But perhaps just one very cold glass of wine because it goes really well. Not two glasses. No. Never.