One Pan Salmon and Squash with Couscous
Have I ever told you about my Jamie Oliver obsession?? It started a few years back when I first launched my blog and was getting really into food photography. My mother-in-law loaned me one of his older cookbooks (which I still have :) Thanks, Angela!!) and I LOVED it. I now have about 5 of his cookbooks which is really only a small number of his total cookbook collection.
After visiting England for the first time with Stephen’s family, I discovered that Jamie Oliver also has his own magazine, Jamie Magazine, which is easily my favorite culinary magazine of all time! I’ve been introduced to so many new things through his recipes and I really love that. And while many of his recipes are a bit adventurous for me, they’re still pretty easy and very doable.
The VERY unfortunate part of all this is that you can’t get Jamie Magazine in the US. I mean, you can order directly from them with international shipping but it’s something like $150 a year and that just seems ridiculous. And LUCKILY for me, my wonderful mother-in-law visits England often enough to bring me back a good chunk of the magazines throughout the year.
My ultimate dream is that they’ll start some sort of Jamie Magazine USA with a hub in Nashville and hire me to be one of their staff writers/ food photographers. I do realize that this is very far fetched but a girl can dream!
SO, today’s recipe is one that I borrowed and just slightly adapted from last month’s edition of Jamie Magazine. I wanted to try something a bit different with some new flavors and new spices that I don’t typically use. The original recipe called for Ras El Hanout which I had never even heard of and definitely couldn’t find at ANY of the stores here in Nashville. After a bit of research, I learned that it’s a Moroccan spice blend with about 15 different spices in it. Naturally, I was able to find it on Amazon but I decided to try mixing the spices on my own since I had most of what is in ras el hanout.
So, in case you were curious, that’s why this recipe has SO many spices in it. Trust me, it’s TOTALLY worth it!! I’m maybe a little in love with the flavors of this dish. SO so good.
Bonus: this recipes is SUPER easy to throw together. The only pre work it requires is chopping the squash and cilantro and then quickly mixing together the spices. Everything else is pretty much just dumping ingredients onto the pan.
First we toss the squash, tomatoes, garlic, oil, and half of the spices together and roast them for about 20 minutes.
Then we mix in the chickpeas and spinach.
And then the salmon is gently placed on top of it all and sprinkled with the remaining spices.
While that’s back in the oven, the couscous is cooked. Now, this dish would still be amazing without the coucous (and maybe a bit healthier/ lighter) but I suggest that you DON’T skip the couscous. It adds another level of flavor and texture that just works SO well with the dish.
Once out of the oven, simply remove the salmon and stir the couscous into the squash mixture. Evenly distribute everything onto 4 plates and ENJOY!
This dish is definitely going into the regular rotation in our house! And the makeshift ras el hanout that I made was a TRUE winner. Love those spices mixed together!!