Sauteed Salmon and Green Beans with Couscous

Hey guys! Merry Christmas Eve and a Happy fifth night of Hannukah! So before I get started on my holiday cookie posts (of which there are numerous…and by numerous I mean approximately three) I thought I’d post this recipe left over from finals week. My finals this semester, though they lasted until December 21st and thus made studying feel kind of like a marathon, were actually not that hard to study for. I’d already handed in all of my final papers a week before my first final was scheduled, so for the week in between the last day of class and finals I was able to relax a bit. And one of my first efforts of relaxation was, of course, cooking myself a nice dinner after weeks of eating cans of refried beans for dinner and other embarrassing but necessary college tactics.

Anyway. This recipe is perfect for nights when you want to reward yourself for, say, handing in a 10 page paper and a 5 page paper on the same day, but you’re too exhausted from writing said papers to really throw yourself into cooking something fancy. For the salmon, rub with olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette, season with salt, pepper, and your herb of choice (I chose thyme), and saute in a tablespoon of olive oil. For the green beans, season with salt and saute in olive oil until they get floppy and tender. For the couscous, prepare as per package directions. Don’t add salt because there’s already salt in the other parts of the meal, and you’ll appreciate the contrast. Ingest, and prepare to feel like a human being again.

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