Good morning! I woke up this morning hoping we would finally have an inch or two of snow on the ground…nope. The forecast predicted a little snow last night, but unfortunately it never came. We have had a couple light snows here in Chicago this winter, but nothing sticks. I’m waiting for a big snow storm, something major. Winter in Chicago isn’t complete without a snow storm…so I’m still waiting.
In the meantime, I’ll cook. Here’s a look at dinner last night.
Salmon with Israeli Couscous and Pistachios
soy-free, dairy-free, peanut-free, seed-free, sugar-free, shellfish-oil, bean & legume-free
Adapted from Eating Well
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup Israeli (or Middle Eastern) couscous*
- ½ cup red bell pepper, finely chopped
- 1/3 cup pistachios, coarsely chopped
- 1 large shallot, chopped
- ½ tsp salt, divided
- 1 ½ cups water
- 1 tsp dried parsley
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 lb wild salmon fillet, skinned and bones removed cut into 3 pieces
- ¼ tsp ground pepper
- 4 lemon wedges
- Sprinkle salmon with pepper and ¼ tsp salt and a little pepper.
- Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add couscous, bell pepper, pistachios, shallot and ¼ tsp salt. Cook, stirring frequently until the couscous is toasted, about 5 minutes. Stir in water. Cover and let cook stirring occasionally for 2 minutes. Stir in parsley and oregano.
- Place salmon on top of couscous in skillet and cover. Add more water of vegetable broth if need to steam fish. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook until salmon is cooked through and water is absorbed into couscous, about 5-7 minutes.
- Serve garnished with lemon wedges.
*Despite the fact that couscous is simply pasta (small rounds of semolina flour), and not the most “whole” of grains, I’m in love with the Israeli variety. It’s bigger and chewier than your standard couscous and holds up a little better when cooking.
Today’s to-do list is a mile long. Lazy Sunday (no, not the SNL digital short) is not what I would call the day ahead. On the list – meal planning, 2 webinars, magazine interview, emails, laundry, grocery shopping, possibly the Golden Globes? Eek! Time to put on the coffee!
Does anyone get to have a lazy Sunday today? Consider me jealous.