As part of my health kick I have started running again and going to the gym more, but exercise really does give me the munchies, especially when attempting runs like the Old Railway Line in Blackrock, Cork again. A couple of fellow food bloggers have started a twitter running group for motivation called #JanRUNary if anyone else would like to join, please do, the more the merrier! Last week I made salmon pasta to fill my carb craving, but I tried to make it as healthy and nutritious as possible. So if you are on an exercise kick this month, this is the dish for you!
I bought Spelt pasta (I’m loving spelt this month) and it tastes really nice, it’s darker in colour that white pasta, but there isn’t much taste difference and it’s much better for you. I also decided to make use of some salmon that was lingering in my freezer and other veggies in my fridge. I added some toasted pine nuts too for some crunch, and lemon juice, zest and olive oil for the sauce.
Its really quick and easy, fills my pasta cravings and it good for you too! Give it a go (just double up on ingredients per extra person) and let me know what you think!
Ingredients (serves one):
1 salmon fillet
40-50g (when uncooked) spelt pasta
4 spring onions chopped
1 clove of garlic crushed
small handful peas (I used frozen garden peas)
large handful plum cherry tomatoes sliced lengthways
1 tbsp pine nuts (toast for 2 minute in a dry pan first)
1 lemon zest
1/2 lemon juice
2 tbsp olive oil
1. Season salmon with salt and pepper, and bake in a pre-heated oven at 200C for 15-20mins.
2. While the salmon is baking, chop up the garlic, spring onion and tomatoes and toast the pine nuts (make sure to keep stirring to prevent burning).
3. Add pasta to a pot of salted boiling water, add the peas in 5 minutes before its done.
4. Fry up the garlic, onion and tomato in a little olive oil. Drain cooked pasta and peas and add them to the pan.
5. Take salmon out of oven and flake into the pasta. Squeeze in 1/2 lemon juice and stir in lemon zest and 1 tbsp olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
6. Stir together and serve in warmed bowls.