Pairing foods is an easy and delicious way to improve your diet and your health. When combined, many nutrients have a synergistic effect, says Joan Salge Blake, a registered dietitian and assistant clinical professor of nutrition at Boston University. The key is to pair the right partners.

In our quick weeknight recipes, salmon and broccoli are roasted together to help the body build strong bones, and salsa and avocado team up to reduce the risk of cancer and increase immunity. For a powerful and special combo packed with phytochemicals that reduce the risk of a variety of diseases (from heart disease to cancer), toss apples and cranberries together and pile them into a country-style tart – no crimping or peeling required! Consuming apples and cranberries together also makes the antioxidants in both more active.

Roasted Soy-Ginger Salmon and Broccoli

Simply steamed, we’ll admit broccoli can get a little boring. But spiked with a mixture of soy sauce, grated ginger, and sesame oil, and roasted in a hot oven, it’s sensational. Add some salmon, and you’ve got a quick, healthy dinner, all baked in the same pan.

Ask your fishmonger to cut your salmon from the head end of the fish; it’s usually more uniformly thick there, so all your pieces will cook at the same rate.

Time: 5 minutes active time

Makes: 2 servings (doubles easily)

3/4 pound salmon (about 1” to 1 1/2” thick, cut into 2 roughly equal pieces)

2 cups big broccoli florets (the bagged kind works well)

2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce

1 teaspoon sesame oil

1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Place the salmon (skin side down) and broccoli in a small, heavy baking pan or pie dish, snuggling all the pieces close together but not quite touching. Whisk the remaining ingredients to blend in a small bowl, and drizzle evenly over the broccoli and salmon. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the broccoli is tinged with brown and small white beads of fat (that’s the good stuff!) begin to appear on the surface of the fish. Serve immediately.