Herby salmon with bean ratatouille

I had this whilst visiting Hinchingbrook Hospital in Cambs. I was being shown around their amazing kitchens, where everything is cooked from scratch, and I was invited to have lunch.

Jam packed with nutrients, filling and absolutely GORGEOUS!

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 15-20 mins
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 4 salmon fillets – try to find wild salmon if poss
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 stick of celery
  • 1 small clove of garlic
  • 100g chestnut or white mushrooms
  • 1-2 courgettes
  • 1 red and 1 yellow/orange pepper
  • 1 small aubergine
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 150g kidney beans
  • 150g cannelini beans
  • 300g of passata
  • 2 tbsps of tomato puree
  • dried mixed herbs
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • salt
  • olive oil
  • some chopped rosemary, parsley and basil
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • large bag of washed spinach, or some freshly picked spinach

Instructions

Finely chop the onion and crush the garlic. Chop all the other veggies nice and chunky.

Saute the onion and celery in some olive oil, add the garlic here if using – crushed. Add all the other veggies and cook til slightly softened, about 5-10 mins.

Add the chopped tomatoes, beans, passata and puree. Add the salt, sugar and mixed herbs. Simmer for 15 mins.

Whilst simmering, cook the salmon – mix the chopped herbs with the butter and salt and spread over the salmon before grilling or frying.

Wilt the spinach in some butter, season with salt.

Spoon the ratatouille in to a serving dish and top with the salmon and spinach.

The ratatouille in this recipe can serve six, you can freeze it really well if you have leftovers.

Thank you to Hinchingbrook’s @Andwin2006 for the recipe.

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Nutrition Info

Salmon

Salmon (and its peer, sea trout) is very high in Vitamin B12, which is important for red blood cell production. A deficiency in B12 can result in a form of anaemia. B12 also helps to regulate production of a hormone called Homocysteine, an excess of which can lead to heart and blood vessel disease and stroke. Salmon is also a good source of Vitamin D, whose functions include bone health, blood sugar control and immunity. Many people are Vitamin D deficient – our bodies largely get it from sunlight with food being a secondary source.

Always buy good salmon, responsibly produced and organic. Salmon farming is riddled with issues, not just for the fish themselves, and us as consumers, but for the environment.

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