There is one fish in the sea that I feel trumps all the rest... it's salmon. This fish not only is a beautiful orange colour, but it's a fish that has high nutritional content; with it's high protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and high vitamin D (Thanks Wikipedia!). What's even better? Salmon is definitely not a bland tasting fish, like the other plain white varieties. Salmon has a depth of flavour that most fish can't match (in my opinion). I try to incorporate salmon every week. So I don't get bored of eating it, I try to think of different ways to cook the fish. Soy sauce, mustard and maple syrup are a match made in heaven. It goes perfectly with this fish and with the roasted veggies. It's a good hearty meal, that will leave your belly full and keep your body thanking you for all the fuel you've given it.

Serves 2

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Baking time: 20-25 minutes

  • 1 large salmon fillet (large enough for 2 medium portions)
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • coarse salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • juice of half a lemon (use the other half if there isn't enough juice)

Roasted Veggie Ingredients:
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into large pieces
  • 1 small red onion, cut into large pieces
  • 1 head of broccoli, florets
  • 1 medium zucchini, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • coarse salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp veggie seasoning blend
  • 2 tbsp chicken stock
  • 1-2 tbsps of reserved soy-maple marinade (above)d

1. Take a large freezer bag and place the large salmon fillet into the bag. Add into the freezer bag the following: the soy sauce, salt, pepper, yellow mustard, maple syrup, rice wine vinegar and lemon juice. Close the freezer bag, letting the air out, and start to gently rub the marinade all over the fish. Marinade the fish for about 20 minutes in the fridge.

2. Preheat the oven to 400 F and line a medium sized baking sheet with foil. Take the marinaded salmon fillet and place it onto the prepared baking sheet. Place it into the oven.

3.  Line another medium sized baking sheet with foil. Then take the red bell pepper, red onion, broccoli florets, and the zucchini pieces and place it onto the prepared baking sheet. Drizzle the oil, and season with salt, pepper, veggie seasoning, 2 tbsp of chicken stock and the reserved marinade from the salmon. Then place it into the oven with the salmon.

4. Bake both the salmon and the veggies on 400 F and let it cook for 10-12 minutes; then lower the temperature to 375 degrees F. Then cook at that temperature for another 10-15 minutes or until the salmon has cooked through. Make sure you do not overcook the fish. It should be still juicy on the inside. Serve warm along side cooked rice.

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