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Crusted in sliced almonds and dill, this is a delicious recipe for serving salmon. Classed as a quality protein by nutritionists, salmon is loaded with essential Omega-3 fatty acids and other important nutrients.

We’ve paired this dish with creamy, green mashed potatoes, and while potatoes by themselves are a healthy option because they’re a great source of fiber, potassium and other nutrients, adding milk and butter in the mashing process diminishes the health benefits by adding saturated fat and cholesterol. For those looking for a healthier option, skip the milk and butter and just mix in the chive oil, or you can substitute with low-fat milk and a healthier tub spread without sacrificing flavour.

Makes: 2 servings

INGREDIENTS
2 salmon fillets, skin removed
1/4 cup sliced almonds, chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
1 tsp. grated lemon peel
salt and black pepper
1 egg, beaten

DIRECTIONS
On a plate, mix together sliced almonds, dill, lemon peel, salt and pepper. Dip each salmon fillet in beaten egg. Press the skinless side of salmon into almond mixture, pressing lightly to adhere. Place the salmon fillets, almond crusted side up, on a baking sheet. Bake at 450° for 10-15 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

To make the green mashed potatoes you will need:
1/2 cup chopped chives
1/3 cup chopped parsley
1/3 cup olive oil
1/8 teaspoon salt
2.5 lbs. Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and quartered
3/4 cup milk
1/2 stick unsalted butter, cubed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

DIRECTIONS
1. In a food processor or blender, puree chives, parsley and salt with oil. Strain mixture to remove any remaining solids.
2. Place potatoes in a large pot. Cover with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are tender; about 20-25 minutes.
3. In a small saucepan, add milk, butter, salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer. Stir until the butter has melted.
4. Drain potatoes and return to same pot. Add milk mixture and mash until smooth. Stir in 2 tablespoons of the chive oil mixture. Stir until combined and potatoes are evenly green.

Place a serving of green mashed potatoes on a plate. Lay salmon fillet over mashed potatoes. Enjoy.