Roast salmon with lemony herb couscous

I don't really need to say a lot, you just have to taste this. It's one of the quickest, most delicious meals in the world ever. If you have guests they can each have their own salmony parcel to unwrap, and will think you are straight off Masterchef. I serve with this with peas, simple but they really work with it.
Serves: 4 • Prep: 10 mins • Cook: 20 mins • Easy 
Ingredients
  • 4 salmon fillets – always buy good quality salmon
  • 200g couscous
  • 1 large lemon bunch of flat leaf parsley
  • handful of fresh thyme
  • bunch of spring onions, chopped
  • about 15 sunblush tomatoes roughly chopped
  • sea salt
  • black pepper
  • olive oil
  • a few chilli flakes – optional
Instructions
Place the couscous in a heatproof bowl and pour over 200ml of boiling water, also add a large pinch of salt and a squeeze of lemon juice. Let the water soak in then fluff the couscous up with a fork.

Roughly chop the herbs then add them to the couscous (keeping a little back for serving) along with the tomatoes and spring onion.

Cut four large squares of baking paper and divide the couscous mix evenly between them.

Place a salmon fillet on top of each couscous pile, grind on some black pepper, a bit of sea salt and add a few chilli flakes if using.

Place a slice of lemon on top of each. Drizzle with a small amount of olive oil.

Fold each square into a parcel, I usually bring two sides across each other then fold each end in. If you have guests you can tie the parcels with string to look more intriguing…

Place on two baking sheets and bake at 200 degrees for about 20 mins, until the salmon is cooked through.

You can serve them straight in the bag or turn out into wide shallow dishes.
Nutrition info
Salmon 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.
Vitamins: B1, B3, B6, B12, C, D, E, folate. Minerals: Selenium, potassium, phosphorus, copper, manganese, magnesium,

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