Poached salmon (without) bacon

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This is one of Joe Wicks’ lean in 15 recipes which I’m quite a fan of for weekday meals. If you haven’t read them, he splits his recipes into two sections: high fats/protein and high carb/low fats. He believes that on days you don’t train you should minimise your carb intake and those you do… yes, you guessed, CARB UP. Now this theory is one that makes sense to me, because carbohydrates = energy and when we burn more we need more. This is one of his ‘low carb’ recipes, and although it did fill me up, it didn’t deliver on flavour.

I was gonna leave this one out, given I wasn’t impressed but this is an honest food blog, reflective of real life successes and failures!

To start, boil the kettle and fill a saucepan. Once the water is bubbling, place in a couple of salmon fillets (I only had one and substituted the other for Tuna – bad idea as it overcooked). Once the fish is submerged reduce to a simmer. I’m not sold on the idea of poaching fish in water when is then wasted, as I believe some of the nutrients escape.

Whilst the fish is cooking, Joe says to fry up a couple of slices of bacon. This was the plan, until I inspected the bacon and decided it against it. I’m a bit funny about freshness of meat and I wasn’t convinced. Leaving this step out was probably vital to flavour in this meal.

Next, slice up a packet of tender stem broccoli (AKA midget trees), half moon a courgette and fry in some oil. I’m still not sold on the whole flash frying veggies so they’re basically still raw, so I gave these a few extra mins.

Throw in a handful of halved cherry tomatoes to allow their juiciness ooze into the veg. Cook to your tasting, and when they’re nearly done, throw in a few handfuls of spinach to wilt. SEASON WELL!!!

Once you’re ready to plate up, use a slotted spoon to remove the fish. Pile up the dish with the veggies and place the fish on top.

I didn’t have pine nuts so I sprinkled on some mixed seeds, and finished with a sprinkling of Parmesan. This sounds weird but provided a good amount of salt that was evidently lacking from the omission of bacon.

This would have probably been a lot better if I’d have used all salmon plus bacon so don’t discount it completely.

More (successful) Joe Wicks to come!

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