These days I’ve been a little stumped on what to make for dinner. Late nights at work over the past little while has made dinnertime almost non-existent. So when the day arrives that I’m home at a reasonable hour, I can’t seem to figure out what my go-to dishes were. Today I was inspired by my friend and colleague Alison. She has a wonderful blog called The Rooted Kitchen where she shares her delicious recipes made from real, whole foods. Today she popped in to work and told me about the Buddha Bowl she made for dinner last. What’s in it? Roasted vegetables, quinoa and tofu combined with a delicious tahini dressing. She told me that she simply improvised with what she had around her and a healthy dish came out of it. Seemed simple enough! So I decided to put that idea into practice. I looked in my fridge and found salmon, broccoli and soba noodles. The spicy salmon soba bowl was born!
Spicy Salmon Soba Bowl
1/2 lb salmon filet, skin removed
Juice and zest of half a lime
1 1/2 tsp sriracha sauce
1 tbsp pure maple syrup
Good sprinkle of coarse sea salt
1 lb broccoli, cut into florets
1-2 tbsp grapeseed oil
A good pinch of red chili flakes (depending on how spicy you like it)
Half a lemon
150 g green tea soba noodles (or soba noodles of your choice)
1 green onion, finely chopped
Preheat the oven to 425°. Line a glass dish with parchment paper and set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk lime juice, lime zest, sriracha sauce, maple syrup and salt. Place the salmon filet in the glass dish and drizzle the spicy lime sauce over the fish, reserving a little for later. Bake for about 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, wash and dry your broccoli. Make sure the broccoli is very dry, this will give you the best results. Heat grapeseed oil in a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil begins to shimmer, add the broccoli, red chili flakes and sea salt, and place the half lemon cut-side down in the pan. Leave it for 2 minutes. Resist the urge to shake it up, you want to wait until there’s a good char on there. After 2 minutes, flip the pieces over to char the other sides, about 1 to 2 minutes more. Once the broccoli is evenly cooked, remove from heat and squeeze the blackened lemon over the broccoli. Set aside.
Bring water to a boil and cook the soba noodles according to package instructions. Once cooked, rinse under water and divide the noodles into two bowls. Flakes the salmon and place over the noodles, drizzling the remainder of the spicy lime sauce on top. Add a few pieces of broccoli and top with cilantro, green onions and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.
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