Salmon with Toasted Israeli Couscous

Salmon with Toasted Israeli Couscous
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You need only one skillet for this meal of wild salmon fillets and Israeli couscous pilaf. For added fiber, look for Israeli couscous made with whole-wheat flour. Serve with roasted carrots and broccoli with cumin.

From EatingWell: November/December 2012
Yield: 4 servings, about 4 ounces salmon & 2/3 cup couscous each
Active Time: 30
Total Time: 30

Ingredients

  1. 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  2. 1 cup Israeli couscous (see Tip)
  3. 1/2 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  4. 1/3 cup unsalted pistachios, coarsely chopped
  5. 1 large shallot, chopped
  6. 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  7. 1 1/2 cups water
  8. 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley, plus more for garnish
  9. 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano, plus more for garnish
  10. 1 1/4 pounds wild Alaskan salmon fillet, skinned and cut into 4 portions
  11. 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  12. 4 lemon wedges

Preparation

  1. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add couscous, bell pepper, pistachios, shallot and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring frequently, until the couscous is lightly toasted, about 5 minutes. Stir in water. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Stir in 1 tablespoon each parsley and oregano.
  2. Sprinkle salmon with pepper and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Place the salmon on top of the couscous, reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and cook until the salmon is cooked through and the water is absorbed, 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. Serve garnished with herbs, if desired, and lemon wedges.

Tips & Notes

  • Look for Israeli couscous (sometimes called “pearl couscous” because of its larger granules) near other couscous or pasta in well-stocked supermarkets.

Nutrition

Nutrition Per Serving: 413 calories; 13 g fat (2 g sat, 7 g mono); 66 mg cholesterol; 36 g carbohydrates; 35 g protein; 3 g fiber; 368 mg sodium; 767 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (54% daily value), Vitamin A (25% dv), Potassium (22% dv), Magnesium (16% dv)

2 1/2 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 vegetable, 4 lean meat, 2 fat