Zucchini Noodles Spinach Salad with Baked Salmon

If you’ve been following along for some time, you know I’m all about fewer ingredients with loads of flavor and nutrients. Having local, fresh ingredients like those found within this Zucchini Noodles Spinach Salad with Baked Salmon makes it super easy to make a flavorful meal without the fuss.

I totally believe that physical and mental health starts with the foods you pick and add to your plate. Picking local, fresh ingredients is one of the best ways to approach this is by using food as medicine. Your food will be much more flavorful and packed with optimal nutrition.

Ready to dig in?

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Zucchini Noodles Spinach Salad with Baked Salmon

Gluten-Free, Low Carb, Keto-Friendly

Recipe Makes 1 Serving

What You’ll Need

1 Small-Medium Zucchini (150g), spiralized

1/2 Small Avocado (50g)

10 Sprigs Fresh Italian Parsley, chopped

3 mini sweet peppers (85g), diced

2 cups Baby Spinach (55g)

Juice from 1/2 a lime

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 Salmon Fillet (5 oz)

1/2 tbsp coconut oil

Mineral salt, to taste

Crushed red chili flakes, to taste

What You’ll Need To Know

Pre heat oven to 425F. Coat salmon with 1/2 tbsp coconut oil and sprinkle salt and red chili flakes. Bake for 15 minutes.

Using a spiralizer, spiral zucchini into “noodles” and add to a medium-large mixing bowl. Add in sweet peppers, parsley, spinach, salt, olive oil and lime juice. Mix together and plate in a bowl.

Once the salmon is ready, let it cool for 5 minutes before placing it on top of the salad.

Slice up avocado, fan it out and top it on the salad.

Enjoy!

Keto Macros:

45.2g Fat / 10.5 g Net Carbs / 44.7 g Protein

Pumpkin Seed Butter

All you need are roasted pumpkin seeds (also known as pepitas), a touch of salt and a food processor or high-quality blender. That is it!

TWO simple ingredients:

Pumpkin seeds.

Salt.

THREE or FOUR if you add in a touch of stevia or cinnamon.

Then, you need all of the beautiful things that nut butter goes with! Coconut yogurt, smoothie bowls, oatmeal, dark chocolate, toast, and rice cakes...

You can also dilute a little in your dressing to make a super salad.

There are so many ways to enjoy this Pumpkin Seed Butter. Plus it's loaded with calcium, zinc, protein and healthy fats all concentrated in a jar.

In fact, pumpkin seeds a loaded with so many health benefits:

  • Are one of the best plant-food sources of iron

  • Contain 30% of really good-quality protein

  • Are a great source of zinc, magnesium and phosphorus

  • Are rich in phyto-oestrogens

  • May help to regulate insulin

  • Are naturally high in tryptophan and glutamate, which can help to regulate moods

What a fantastic addition to any diet!

Store it in a glass jar in the fridge, it lasts for a long time -- at least a month.

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Pumpkin Seed Butter

Gluten-free, Keto, Low-Carb

 

What You’ll Need

3 cups pumpkin seeds / pepitas (500g)*

A dash of mineral salt

Optional: 2-3 drops Stevia, 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

*I used Skout Backcountry Pink Salt Pumpkin Seeds and omitted the salt since they were already salted.

What You’ll Need To Know

Add ingredients to a high-speed blender or food processor. Process until smooth, stopping at regular intervals to make sure the pumpkins seed butter doesn't overheat.

I used a Vita Mix and left it as setting 1, gradually increasing it to setting 2. I also used a spatula to move the sides in.

Store it in a glass jar or air tight container in the fridge; it lasts for a long time—at least a month!


Sunflower Pesto Zoodles

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It’s only in recent years that I jumped aboard the whole zucchini noodles (aka zoodles) thing. It’s not that I couldn’t wrap my head around it, or had any aversion to zucchini, because, goodness, I very rarely meet a food group I don’t like – I simply was too lazy to get a spiralizer.

If you find yourself in that same boat, this dish may just turn things around for you. The delicate taste of zucchini, smothered in a sunflower seed pesto — a sauce of fresh basil, sunflower seeds, garlic, olive oil, and Parmesan. The outcome: a plate of balance and brightness, crunch and savory sweet goodness. It’s worth every bite.

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Sunflower Pesto Zoodles

Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Keto

Recipe makes 4 servings


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What You’ll Need

Pesto

3/4 cup olive oil

2 cups fresh Basil

1/4 c cup roasted whole sunflower seeds

1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

3 garlic cloves

sea salt and pepper to taste

Zoodles

4 Zucchin, spiralized

1 tbsp olive oil

1/4 cup chopped onion

Garnish

Pepper flakes

Sunflower Seeds

Fresh Basil

Tools

Spiralizer

What You’ll Need To Know

Pesto: In a food processor, pulse the sunflower seeds and garlic clove until all are ground well. Add basil, Parmesan and olive oil and pulse together until well incorporated, but don't over mix. Taste for seasoning. Add additional olive oil if needed.

Zoodles: Wash, rinse, and spiralize the zucchini into a large bowl. In a large sauté pan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the zucchini noodles and sauté until tender, 3 to 4 minutes more.

Add the pesto and toss until the noodles are well coated.

Serve warm, garnished with fresh basil, sunflower seeds, and red-pepper flakes, to taste.

Zoodles in Avocado-Parsley Sauce

It was several years ago when I found spiralizing forkfuls of what was an unlikely pasta alternative, shortly after discovering that the gluten version would be my arch nemesis. Zucchini as noodles?

What the...?! 

I not only like but love zucchini but as a noddle?

Even for me, this was really tough to wrap my head around. Now looking back at this very first moment of spiralizing zucchini, taking that first bite, and as my eyes widened, I couldn't believe how brilliant the idea of zoodles was. So began my love affair with this soul-satisfying dish.

Inspired by the foodie fixations of Anthony Bourdain, travel has always been a constant in my life, and even more so as an adult. With all of my travel, food is the main theme and source around where I go, and the experiences I have. This recipe was inspired by a dish I once had in Italy. Clearly, that dish was nowhere as healthy as this, and I'm sure it didn't involve nutritional yeast, avocado, and raw zucchini. But, for the sake of searching for a gluten-free, keto-friendly alternative, this dish is reminiscent of my travels. Truth be told, I think you’ll find this dish to be as satisfying as it is transportive. Like a passport on a plate.

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Zoodles in Avocado-Parsley Sauce

Gluten-Free, Keto-Friendly, Plant-Based

Recipe Makes 2 Servings

What You'll Need

Zoodles:

  • 1 Medium to Large Zucchini
  • 2 tbsp pine nutes
  • 12 cherry tomatoes, halved

Sauce:

  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 Hass avocado
  • 1/4 cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar 
  • 1/4 tsp Pink Himalayan Salt 
  • 1/4 cup Parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp yellow mustard seed, ground
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper

What You'll Need

    1. In a high-speed blender or food processor add all sauce ingredients, except the parsley, and blend on the lowest setting until smooth.
    2. While the sauce is being blended, zoodle one zucchini and slice cherry tomatoes.
    3. In a large mixing bowl, add zoodles, tomatoes, parsley and sauce and mix together.
    4. Plate and top with pine nuts.

     

    Smoked Salmon Avocado Bun Breakfast Burger (Paleo, Whole30, Gluten-Free)

    A simple, yet super delicious was to enjoy breakfast! An Avocado Bun can be the base to any combination, but one that I’m loving at the moment is this combination — smoked salmon, egg, bacon, and plant-based mayo.

    Smoked Salmon Avocado Bun Breakfast Burger

    Smoked Salmon Avocado Bun Breakfast Burger

    Messy, savory burgers are a delicious American tradition. And, it's not often the bun that are the messy part of the burger. This has changed ever since avocado burger bun has made that tasty appearance on our Instagram feeds.

    You can thank Colette Dike of Fooddeco for this revolutionized concept of buns. The Amsterdam-based food stylist drool-worthy pics of avocado burger buns, is basically a whole, halved, and skinned avocados sandwiching in some pretty amazing ingredients.

    Earlier this week, I took a stab at this trend after seeing it on my instafriend's account, briewilly. It was so delicious! It's so many great things all in one meal! And, the best part is that it's gluten-free and keto-friendly with only 7 net carbs, 18g protein, and 46g fat.

    What’s in it? Avocado, Just Mayo, in the middle (where the avo pit goes), Whole Foods smoked salmon, bacon, Vital Farms fried egg, sea salt and black sesame seeds.

    Smoked Salmon Avocado Bun Breakfast Burger

    Smoked Salmon Avocado Bun Breakfast Burger

    Smoked Salmon Avocado Bun Breakfast Burger

    Paleo, Whole30, Gluten-Free

    Makes 1 serving

    What You'll Need

    1 avocado, halved, pitted and skinned
    1 slice smoked salmon
    1 tablespoon Just Mayo
    2 slices crispy bacon
    1 fried egg
    sea salt, to taste
    1 pinch black sesame seeds

    What You'll Need To Know

    1. Slice the avocado in half and use a spoon to remove the pit. Carefully remove the skin from the avocado and set avocado aside on a plate.

    2. Add Just Mayo to the middle of the avocado (bottom layer) where the pit would go.

    3. Next, add a layer of smoked salmon, followed by a fried egg, and two pieces of bacon.

    4. Place the top layer avocado and sprinkle with sea salt and sesame seeds.