Flaky succulent salmon coated with a smoky peppery paste, served on a bed of earthy quinoa and topped with a roasted aubergine and red pepper sauce.
2 aubergines, cubed
3 tbsp. olive oil, divided
salt & pepper to taste
3.5oz (200g) quinoa*
4 salmon filets (approx. weight 18 oz./520g)
2 tbsp. harissa paste (or tabasco)
2 red bell peppers, cut into chunks
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups (480ml) tomato passata
¾ cup (180ml) water
1 chicken stock cube
Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Line 2 baking sheets with baking paper.
Place the aubergines on one of the baking sheets and drizzle with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, season with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Place the baking sheet into the hot oven and roast for 20-25 minutes until soft. Turn midway through the cook.
Plus, place the salmon filets on the second baking sheet, skin-side down. Season to taste with salt and pepper and spread 1 tablespoon of the harissa paste over the top of the salmon. Place the salmon into the hot oven and bake for 12-15 minutes, until cooked through.
Rinse the quinoa under cold running water to remove its bitter flavour. Tip into a pan and add 1 cup of salted water or stock. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat to simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, or until tender and the liquid is absorbed.
Heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in a shallow pan over a medium-high heat and add the red bell pepper. Cook until softened, about 4-5 mins, then add the garlic and cook for a further 1 minute.
Add the tomato passata, water, stock cube and remaining 1 tablespoon of harissa paste to the pan. Stir and bring to a simmer, then cook for 3-4 minutes until the sauce thickens slightly. Next, stir in the roasted aubergines and season to taste with salt and pepper.
To serve, divide the quinoa between 4 plates and spoon on the roasted vegetable stew, before placing the baked salmon filets on top. Serve immediately.
* If applicable; this ingredient is free from gluten/gliadin and other major troublesome components, but may slow down any intended weight loss if consumed regularly due to it’s possible affect on blood sugar, and consequently fat metabolism. Either omit it, or use minimally during any weight loss phase for maximum results. Nutritional content is per serving.
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