To help kick off 2012 on a lighter note, I think a fresh fish dinner is in order.  I'm definitely not seafood's number one fan, but I do enjoy today's featured recipe for two -- Balsamic and Brown Sugar Salmon. 

I'll be serving the salmon with a side of Roasted Lemon Broccoli and Garlic Tomato Couscous.  Everything is fairly simple to make, allowing for a gourmet dinner for two with minimal effort.  Now that's what I call a good start to the new year. 

Balsamic and Brown Sugar Salmon
Total Time: 75 minutes 
Prep: 5 minutes + 1 hour to marinate 
Cook: 8-10 minutes

What you'll need
For the marinade
1/4 cup Balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons soy sauce

For the salmon 
2 skinless salmon fillets 
2 teaspoons brown sugar 

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. 
2. Mix marinade ingredients together and pour over salmon.  Let the salmon marinate for about 1 hour. 
3. Place salmon on a baking sheet covered in foil.  Add 1 teaspoon of brown sugar to each piece of fish before cooking.  
4. Bake for 8-10 minutes.  Time will vary depending on the thickness of the fish.   

Garlic and Tomato Couscous 
Total Time: 15 minutes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes

What you'll need
1 cup uncooked couscous
1 cup water
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1. In a medium saucepan, add a drizzle of olive oil, garlic and tomatoes.  Cook on medium heat for about 3 minutes, while stirring occasionally so the garlic doesn’t burn.  Remove from heat and set aside. 
2. In a separate saucepan, bring 1 cup of water to a boil.  Stir in couscous; cover and remove from heat.  
3. Let couscous stand for 5 minutes.  Fluff with a fork and add the sautéed tomatoes and garlic mixture.  Mix well. 
Roasted Lemon Broccoli
Total Time: 30-35 minutes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 25-30 minutes

What you'll need
2 cups broccoli florets
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 of a lemon, juiced

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 
2. Add brocolli, olive oil, salt, pepper and lemon juice to a large plastic bag.  Tightly secure the bag and shake well.  
3. Once the broccoli is well coated pour it onto a foil lined baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes.  
4. Carefully remove brocolli from the oven and serve alongside the couscous and salmon.  Enjoy! 

Simple, healthy and delicious. Perfect 2012 meal!

01/02/2012 17:47

Thanks Claire. It really is a great meal to start the new year. Enjoy!

01/02/2012 13:10

What a great recipe, this looks delicious! Happy New Year! xoxo

01/02/2012 17:48

Thanks Kelly. Happy New Year to you too!!

01/03/2012 09:19

Made this last night! Thanks for the delicious and simple recipe.

01/03/2012 13:56

You're welcome Meghan! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

11/20/2012 08:00

The broccoli recipe was really great! I love your blog, it's exactly what I was looking for! Thank you!


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