When in need of a nutrient boost, this trusted repertoire of fish, sweet potato mash and greens is what I rely on. This combination makes for a "well-balanced" meal.
So, what does "well-balanced" mean?
In any given day we need a certain amount of macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates and fats) as well as micronutrients (vitamins and minerals). A well-balanced meal contains all of these in the right proportions.
There is protein and fats in the fish and seeds and carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals in the sweet potato and greens.
Stick to half of your plate/ bowl as vegetables, 1/4 of the plate as protein and 1/4 of the plate as carbohydrates to achieve the optimum proportions of a well-balanced meal.
This combination makes a great lunch and dinner so double up the portions for a healthy lunch the following day.
Ingredients for 1:
1 medium sweet potato
1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil
1 lightly smoked salmon fillet
2 cups of any greens (I used asparagus and pea shoots)
sea salt & freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tablespoon of dukkah (optional) - (You can find dukkah in any Middle Eastern store and larger supermarkets. It is a spice mix containing roasted cumin, coriander seed, fennel and crushed hazelnuts or sunflower seeds.)
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
Pierce the skin of the sweet potato with a knife and bake in the oven for 45 minutes, or until a knife goes through the fattest part with ease (you want it to be soft all the way through).
Remove it from the oven and allow it to cool slightly. Peel and mash with a fork.
Add the olive oil and season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Wrap the salmon fillet in tinfoil or baking paper and bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
Steam or boil your greens lightly (obviously skip this if you are using salad).
To assemble, cover half of your plate in greens, a 1/4 with the sweet potato mash and top with the salmon. If you are using dukkah, sprinkle it over the salmon, if you aren't using it then season the salmon fillet with some freshly cracked black pepper.