This article has been published in a collaboration with Delhaize. They sponsored the bigger part of the used ingredients. They set-up a challenge every month, outlining a few guidelines. For the June 2016 challenge, the guidelines are “Summer”. Furthermore, they ask to mainly use products of their home brand and set a budget. In this case, I had a maximum of EUR 25,–. Besides those guidelines Delhaize only asked to publish what I did with the budget.
Salmon with Summer Vegetables and Cauliflower Couscous
There’s a lot happening on the plate of our main course. The salmon with Summer vegetables and cauliflower couscous is nonetheless easy to make. I recommend preparing the vegetables and the couscous in advance. This saves you precious time on the stove, as you only need to add everything into your frying pan and then proceed to the plating and serving the dish.
What makes this dish fit into my menu, is that it is really light. This is mainly caused by the voluntary absence of carbohydrates and heavy sauces. The Summer vegetables have a light soy sauce and the lemon butter can be adjusted to personal preferences. A little of it is nonetheless recommended, as it gives the salmon an extra fresh taste. The butter also goes well with the cauliflower couscous.
Fancy 3-course Menu on a Budget
When you work on a menu, you have to have several things in your mind. Of course, you need to carefully plan every dish itself, but also find a way to link them in one way or another. In my menu all the dishes have a fruit incorporated and all dishes have an item that makes the individual plate light in taste.
I didn’t stop here, though. As my intention of this menu was to make it for two people who are on a date night, it also had to be fancy and simple to cook. You don’t want to have your date waiting for ages for the food, while you stress yourself in the kitchen.
The salmon with Summer vegetables and cauliflower couscous can in most parts be prepared in advance. Alle the vegetables can be cut and prepared well in advance. Same goes with the lemon butter for the salmon. This leaves you to fry all of it just in time (vegetables, couscous and the salmon), once you are done with your starter. The trick here is that the salmon only takes a few minutes, the Summer vegetables are cut in a way that they are quickly done too. The couscous can be fried to personal taste, thus also being easily ready for plating.