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Baked Salmon in Foil with Asparagus and Lemon Garlic Sauce

Whether you want an easy family dinner or an elegant entrée for guests, this delicious recipe is sure to delight. Ready in just 30 minutes, it abounds with zesty Mediterranean flavors. Salmon is low in calories but rich in heart-healthy nutrients, including inflammation-fighting omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins D and B12, potassium and selenium. Eating salmon or other oily fish frequently has been linked to lower risk for heart attacks, strokes, dementia and several forms of cancer.

4 skinless salmon filets (about 4 ounces each)
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 pound asparagus, woody ends trimmed
2 tablespoons vegetable or chicken broth
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon hot sauce, such as sriracha (optional)
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons minced fresh herbs of your choice, such as parsley, rosemary or dill
Lemon slices or chopped parsley for garnish.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Season each salmon filet on both sides with pepper, then place in the center of a 12×18-inch piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Divide asparagus into four equal portions and place on the long side of the foil next to the filet. Combine all remaining ingredients in a small bowl, mix well, and drizzle the mixture over the salmon filets and asparagus. Wrap foil around the salmon and asparagus, crimping the ends to make cooking packets. Transfer packets to a baking sheet, sealed side upward, in a single layer, and bake for 20 minutes. Unwrap, garnish with lemon slices or chopped parsley and enjoy! Serves four. Adapted from cookingclassy.com and bigoven.com.