Dinner: $30 & 30 min.

Eating fish is a really healthy habit but eating it out at a restaurant will set you back $30 a plate and a tab for two of at least $100 (assuming you each have a glass of sancerre - yum!).  And who hasn't headed out to eat with the healthiest intentions and then found themselves so famished after waiting for a table, waiting for the waiter, and waiting for the entrees, that they've eaten an entire basket of bread or ditched the healthy entree idea for a bowl of creamy pasta (double yum).

Well skip the restaurant and cook up a healthy meal this weekend (or during the week, it's that easy) for less than $30 and in 30 minutes.

Ingredients:

Salmon for 2 (a bit less than 1 lb.)
1 Lemon
1 bunch Broccolini

Salmon for two people will run you about $20 even.  Get it in a single piece; don't have the fishmonger cut it into portions.  Also, look for it in a gourmet shop, it's worth the upcharge.  It will be fresh, properly deboned and delicious.  Broccolini will cost $4 and the lemon will be $1.  With your extra $5 buy some great salt if you see some at the market.  Its a handy item to have on hand.  We use Baleine regularly but I love to have coarse rock salt on hand when I can, especially for fish.  

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Chop 2-3 inches off the end of your broccolini & rinse.
Start a pot of boiling water.
Rinse your salmon with water; pat dry.  Salt.
Slice your lemon in half right through the middle.  Slice off the round ends of each side so they are stable when they sit, like two halves of a grapefruit.

Put 2 tsp butter in a cast iron or other oven proof skillet on medium heat.  Wait until the pan is hot.
Sear the salmon, flesh side down for 3 minutes.  Don't disturb the fish during that three minutes.  You want it to brown!
Flip the salmon in the pan and cook for another 3 minutes, skin side down.

Turn off the burner and transfer the oven proof skillet into your 350 degree oven.  Place the two halves of your lemon in the pan with the salmon.
Cook for 10-12 minutes.

Add your broccolini to the boiling water and cook for about 5-6 minutes, until soft.
Drain and leave in colander to dry until serving.

When salmon is finished, season with salt and pepper.  Plate.
Plate broccolini and season with salt and pepper.
Squeeze 1/2 roasted lemon over each plate, using some lemon for the fish and some for the veggies.
Serve with a dollop of dijon mustard.

Voila!  This is also great cold the next day!

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