Have you ever got to the end of a long day and wished that dinner would just cook itself?
And while I haven’t been able to create a robot that could do that for me, I do know the next best thing.
It’s called the Oven Supper and here’s the idea…
1. Put some protein and veggies on a baking tray.
2. Pop it in the oven and set your timer.
3. Take some precious time to do something nice for yourself.
4. When the timer goes, sit down and eat.
Seriously dinner CAN be this simple. And delicious.
Salmon, Pea & Prosciutto Oven Supper
- 2 salmon fillets
- 2 slices prosciutto optional
- 400 g frozen peas
- 1 lemon
- 1 small bunch parsley mint or basil leaves
- pesto or pine nuts to serve
Turn your oven to 250C (480F). Line a rimmed baking sheet with paper.
If using the prosciutto wrap each salmon fillet with the prosciutto. Sprinkle with a little salt (or more salt if no prosciutto). Place salmon on the tray. Scatter around the frozen peas (no need to defrost). Halve a lemon and place on the tray.
Pop tray in the oven and set your timer for 10 minutes. Put your feet up.
When the timer goes, check the salmon - it may need a few minutes longer depending on your oven.
When the salmon is cooked, serve with herbs and pine nuts (if using) scattered over. And if using the pesto, place a generous dollop on top of each salmon fillet.
Variations & Substitutions for Salmon, Pea & Prosciutto Oven Supper
plan-B (pantry) – skip the fresh herbs.
vegetarian – skip the prosciutto or replace with sun dried tomatoes or some feta or halloumi. Replace salmon with tofu or cooked chickpeas or lentils. Or use eggs – make little wells in the frozen peas and break an egg into each – will only take 5-7 minutes to cook the egg.
different protein – chicken breast or thigh fillets, sausages, meatballs and see the vegetarian ideas. Bacon, ham or salami could be used instead of the prosciutto.
dairy-free – use dairy-free pesto or choose the pine nut option.
more substantial (carb lovers) – crusty bread or steamed or mashed potatoes
more substantial (low carb) – avocado, more salmon or more nuts.
different vegetables – frozen cauliflower rice, frozen broccoli rice, frozen spinach, frozen kale – if using frozen greens make sure it’s the type that comes in little disks rather than a big block – although if it is a block – just defrost and add once the salmon is cooked.
Waste Avoidance Strategy
salmon fillets – freeze them.
prosciutto – freeze it.
frozen peas – will keep for months in the freezer.
lemon – whole lemon will keep wrapped in a plastic bag in the fridge for months.
flat leaf parsley – tends to be the most long lasting of the leafy herbs. Should keep for a few weeks in the fridge if wrapped in a plastic bag. For longer periods pop it in the freezer – it will wilt but will still be useable in this dish.
mint – best to use for another meal. leaves can be frozen but will wilt when defrosted so not ideal. Alternatively make a mint oil by packing washed and dried leaves in a clean dry glass jar and covering with extra virgin olive oil.
basil – make basil oil by packing washed and dried leaves in a clean jar and covering with extra virgin olive oil. Or you can freeze the leaves, they’ll wilt but will still be delicious.
pesto – commercial jars of pesto will keep for months in the pantry. Fresh pesto will keep in the fridge for a few weeks. Cover with olive oil to prevent exposure to air and browning reactions. Can be frozen.
pine nuts – keep them in the pantry.
Problem Solving Guide
bland – more salt! Or add in a flavour bomb.
too dry – overcooked salmon. Next time get it out earlier. For now the lemon and pesto will help.
no oven – pan fry the salmon until cooked through and then cook the frozen peas in the salmon fat. Yum.
taking too long – different ovens vary in heating speed. And once you open the door to check it takes time to come back to temperature. So be patient!
Yes! Just cook as per the recipe but keep the herbs / pine nuts separately. Leftovers will keep in the fridge for 1-2 weeks or can be frozen.
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