It’s 5:00 and the kids are asking “What’s for dinner mom?”. Ofcourse I have no clue. Well, I wanted REAL food for dinner but it had to be fast, the natives were getting restless. Anything I like, my kids turn their nose up to. They aren’t huge salmon fans and I needed something we could all enjoy. So I popped in Costco’s Ultimate fish sticks (quite yummy) for the kids and started to prepare a wonderful dinner for hubs and I. This fabulous gourmet meal was done in less than 30 minutes and everyone was happy!
Here’s what’s cooking…
Cous-cous with fennel and sweet onion
Brocollini with toasted walnuts and garlic butter
Preheat oven at 475 (the fish stick temp.).
Cous-Cous is great because it is done in 5 minutes. Prepare plain cous-cous according to package directions, but substitute chicken broth for water. This adds a depth of flavor. Set aside. ($aving Tip- look for plain cous-cous in bulk packages. Great value!). Thinly slice 1/2 a fennel bulb and 1/2 sweet onion. Saute the fennel and onion over med. heat in olive oil and 1/4 stick butter until tender. Olive oil will help the butter not burn. Pour the sauted veggies over your prepared cous-cous and stir to combine. For a finishing touch, chop a handful of fennel frons (not sure that’s the correct word but they are on the top of the stalks and look like dill!)
Rinse salmon, place in foil lined baking dish, and spray with Pam. Drizzle fish with olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste along with some onion powder. Place salmon in oven. Check for doneness in 10 min.
I love broccolini. It is sweeter than broccoli and more tender. If you’re not a broccoli fan then give this a try. Trim a few inches off the ends and place in steamer rack in pot of salted water. Steam it until tender-crisp. While steaming, give a handful of walnuts a quick chop and toast in a small pan. Add a few tablespoons of butter to the walnuts and a teaspoon of minced garlic. Saute for a minute and pour over the prepared broccolini just before serving.