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  • Arctic Char, Broccolini and Edamame With Soy-Ginger Sauce is a sheet pan dinner that's healthful, packed with flavor and ready in 20 minutes.

    Arctic Char, Broccolini and Edamame With Soy-Ginger Sauce is a sheet pan dinner that's healthful, packed with flavor and ready in 20 minutes.
    Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post

 
By Ellie Krieger
The Washington Post

With the overwhelming bustle and indulgent feasting this season brings, having a tasty, healthful dinner recipe that can be made on a single sheet pan in 20 minutes is like taking a deep, calming breath.

The idea for this one began with my adoration of roasted broccoli and the way, when it is cooked in a hot oven with a light coating of oil, its florets crisp up and take on a lovely char, while the stems cook to a perfect crisp-tender. When making it last, I noticed there was plenty of space left on the sheet pan and thought, why not add a protein and turn a favorite side into a complete meal?

The result is this sumptuous but simple one-pan dinner. I used broccolini for a change of pace, but you could substitute regular broccoli. Once the vegetable gets a five-minute head start in the oven, you add buttery, pale-pink fillets of arctic char (or salmon or snapper) to the pan and a sprinkle of bright green edamame. While that cooks, you pull together an easy Asian sauce made with soy sauce, orange juice, rice vinegar, ginger and garlic, cooking it down for a few minutes to meld and concentrate those flavors. The sauce is drizzled over the roasted fish and vegetables, tying everything together.

This is a meal you can count on to restore and replenish you not only though the holidays, but any time of year.

• Ellie Krieger is a registered dietitian, nutritionist and author who hosts public television's "Ellie's Real Good Food." She blogs and offers a weekly newsletter at www.elliekrieger.com.

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