This one pan dinner is really healthy, really fast and really easy! I often make this when I don’t have many groceries in, or just can’t think about what to have for dinner. I usually have most of these ingredients on hand and in the cupboard so it makes life a lot easier. All you need are some veggies of choice, a ready-to-eat pack of smoked salmon and a can of lentils. My husband even gave the ultimate approval with the comment “I could eat this all the time”. There you go, folks!
Hot smoked salmon is one of those excellent ingredients you can just throw into so many dishes. I prefer the texture of it to cold smoked salmon, which is the darker coral, slimy stuff. Hot smoked salmon has more of a cooked, flaky texture so is better for those who might be a little wary of fish. Check out these other recipes of mine using hot smoked salmon: Hot Smoked Salmon Kedgeree, Smoked Fish Pate, and Beautiful salmon fishcakes. It is such a versatile ingredient and time saver.
You can save even more time by prepping your vegetables beforehand. Then all you need to do when you come home before dinner is to pop the tray into the oven for 30 minutes. That then leaves time to unpack from work/school, tidy up the house or just simply be with your little ones before dinner. Recently working more days means I totally get the parent struggle of picking up the kids, rushing in the door and trying to get dinner on the table in lightening speed. It’s hardly a relaxing experience! Recipes like this mean you can still feed your family home cooked food that is healthy and delicious, yet quick and easy. One pan to clean, too!
I used fresh beets, parsnip and red onion for my one pan dinner, but many other veggies would work! I love roasted vegetables as they take on a lot of flavour from caramelising in the oven. Why not try any of the following choices:
Cauliflower florets, broccolini, brussel sprouts, sweet potato, red pepper, asparagus, carrot, celeriac, fennel, Jerusalem artichoke, other veggies in season.
Just make sure the vegetables are cut into similar sizes so they cook in the same amount of time. I recommend about 1 inch pieces since this is supposed to be a quick and easy dinner!
Another great thing about this meal is that it is self-saucing. You can add some lemon wedges right in with the veggies and then squeeze the wedges over when they come out of the oven. I also love to add a whole head of garlic with the top sliced off and olive oil poured in. This becomes softer in flavour and texture once roasted. When out of the oven, remove the head of garlic and once cool to the touch, simply squeeze out the soft cloves and stir with the rest of the pan.
Here is your recipe for a Healthy One Pan Dinner:
- 2-3 cups mixed vegetables
- 1 can black lentils
- 2 fillets hot smoked salmon
- 1 lemon
- 1 whole head garlic
- 1 cup soft greens
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- ½ tsp each salt and pepper
- 2 Tbsp creme fraich, sour cream, feta or soft cream cheese
- Cut the vegetables into 1 inch sized cubes and place on a baking tray. Cut a lemon into quarters and also place on the tray. Cut the tip off of the garlic head and place in the tray, cut side up. Drizzle olive oil all over the tray and inside the garlic. Season with salt and pepper.
- Heat oven to 350F/180C. When hot, place the tray inside and cook for 30-35 minutes, stirring once halfway.
- Remove from the oven and add the greens and lentils to the pan. Remove the head of garlic and set aside to cool. Stir ingredients together and mash the lemon wedges. Flake the salmon loosely and mix with the other ingredients. Once cooled to the touch, squeeze the garlic cloves out of the skin. Mash against the pan little and then stir in.
- To serve, pile onto plates.
- Using a teaspoon, dollop the feta or cream cheese (stir and mash in a little bowl to loosen if needed) around the edge of the plate in a few places.
Greens could include baby spinach, rocket (arugula), mixed herbs, watercress etc.
This roasting tray I’ve used is EXCELLENT. Made with diamonds enforced in the base means you can use any utensils without risking damaging the non-stick. It’s so durable and will last a lifetime. Check out my write up on it and recipe for Overnight Greek Lamb Shoulder on the Everten Love to Cook Blog.