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Parmesan & Garlic Crusted Salmon and Asparagus

This one-pan dish makes it easy to prepare a healthy and hearty dinner in just minutes, making it a great choice for a quick weeknight meal. Salmon is an excellent source of vitamins B6 and B12, vitamin D, selenium, niacin, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and phosphorus... key elements of a body that runs fit. Whether you are new to working with fish or eat salmon regularly, this recipe is a great variant to your normal routine.

Ingredients

  • 2 - 6 ounce Salmon fillets
  • 1 pound asparagus spears, ends trimmed
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated parmesan
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped (optional)
  • Lemon wedges (optional)

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 400.  Line a baking sheet with tinfoil.
  2. Pat salmon dry.  Brush with 2 tablespoons of oil on all sides.  Season with salt and pepper.  Place on lined baking sheet (if using salmon with skin, put skin side down).
  3. Place asparagus in a single layer around the salmon, drizzle with olive oil. 
  4. Season salmon and asparagus with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle the garlic and parmesan over both. 
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
  6. Garnish with parsley and a squeeze of lemon, if desired.

Serves 2.  473 calories, 28g fat, 4g sugar, 45g protein

Karen Berenson