Basic Girl Baked Salmon & Citrus Broccoli Dinner - Keto, Paleo, Low Carb

This might seem like such a basic weeknight meal, but sometimes simplicity is just what you need.

I'll be honest; this is a meal I often have throughout the week. It's pretty easy to make, requires one pan, and is ready in under 30 minutes. It's a classic gut-friendly recipe that will impress anyone you make it for.

You'll love that it's packed with rich buttery flavor from the salmon, a slight punch of heat from the crushed red peppers, and a slight citrus bite of the lime and olive oil tossed broccoli. Here I've paired it with a cup of Ginger Vinegar Sparkling water that has prebiotic properties which boost gut health and immunity. The naturally bitter and tartness is the perfect accompaniment to cut through the richness of the other elements in this recipe.

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Basic Girl Baked Salmon & Citrus Broccoli Dinner

Keto, Paleo, Low Carb

Recipe makes 1 serving

What You’ll Need

1 4-5oz salmon filet

1 cup broccoli

1 tsp red crushed chili flakes

1.5-2 tbsp olive oil

juice of 1/2 lime

pink salt, to taste

What You’ll Need To Know

Preheat oven to 400F. Coat the salmon lightly with olive oil and salt, and place it skin side down in a tray or cask iron skillet. Sprinkle red chili flakes, pink salt and pepper.

In a mixing bowl, add broccoli, olive oil, lime juice, and pink salt mixing it together to get a nice coat. Place broccoli around salmon and and bake for 12-15 minutes.

I like my salmon skin very crispy and ended up removing it and placing it back in the oven to cook up for 5 more minutes while I plated my dish.

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

Salmon with Cilantro Cauli-Rice & Avocado Salsa

Salmon with Cilantro Cauli-rice and an Avocado Salsa using an avocado from Imperfect Produce. SO GOOD!

I recently came across Imperfect Produce after they reached out asking if I'd love to try a box. It was delivered to my door with the most delicious produce.

Imperfect Produce's mission is to prevent food waste by delivering the "ugly" fruits and veggies that don't fit grocery store cosmetic standards (but are equally fresh and delicious) to your home for 30-50% less than the grocery stores. Their business model results in a conscientious, convenient and cost-efficient way to enjoy as much farm fresh produce as your household needs as often as you'd like.  Read more about the company here.  


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Salmon with Cilantro Cauli-Rice & Avocado Salsa
Salmon with Cilantro Cauli-Rice & Avocado Salsa
Salmon with Cilantro Cauli-Rice & Avocado Salsa

Salmon with Cilantro Cauli-Rice & Avocado Salsa

Gluten-Free, Paleo, Whole30

Recipe makes 4 servings

What You'll Need

FOR THE AVOCADO SALSA
1 small-medium avocado, diced
1/4 cup red onion, diced
1 tbsp Secret Aardvark hot sauce (or 1 jalapeno, finely diced)
2 tbsp cilantro, chopped
Juice from 1 lemon
Himalayan salt, to taste. 

FOR THE CILANTRO CAULIRICE 
1 small-medium head of cauliflower, cut in quarters
1 tbsp cilantro, chopped  
Himalayan salt, to taste 

FOR THE SALMON 
1 tbsp coconut oil
4 4-6oz salmon filets
Himalayan salt, to taste
 

What You'll Need To Know

FOR THE AVOCADO SALSA: In a bowl mix together 1 avocado, diced, 1/4 cup red onion, diced 1 tbsp Secret Aardvark hot sauce (or 1 jalapeno, finely diced), 2 tbsp cilantro, chopped, juice from 1 lemon, Himalayan salt to taste. 

FOR THE CILANTRO CAULIRICE:  In a food processor, add one small-medium head of cauliflower, cut in quarters and pulse 4-5 times until you reach a rice consistency. Roughly 3-4 cups riced. Heat 1/2 tbsp coconut oil in a skillet over med heat. Add the caulirice and cook for 4 minutes. Add in 1 tbsp chopped cilantro and Himalayan salt to taste and cook for 1 more min. Remove from heat. 

FOR THE SALMON: Heat 1 tbsp coconut oil in a heavy bottom skillet over medium-high heat, add salmon filets, seasoned with the Himalayan salt (to taste), and cook until deeply golden brown to slightly blackened before flipping and repeating for the other side. 

Alternatively, you can bake in the oven at 350F for 12 minutes and finish off on the stove top. On stories, I added lemon slices to mine, baked and finished off on the stove top. 

When ready to plate, add 1 cup cilantro caulirice, salmon and top with avocado salsa!

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Pan Seared Salmon Mango Salad

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I'm craving summer, can ya' tell? The combination of salmon and fresh mango hits the spot! Not only is this fish incredibly healthy, salmon is versatile and delicious. Salmon is an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids, aka "brain food." It's also packed with vitamin D which is crucial for maintaining your overall health. One 3.5 oz serving of salmon can provide you with a day's worth of vitamin D. Amazing, right? Salmon can also help you sleep since it's an excellent source of tryptophan, an all-natural sedative.

And the nutritional benefits of mangoes are equally beneficial for optimal health. They are high in energy, low in fat, and are an excellent source of calcium and vitamins essential for good health.

A 7oz serving of ripe mango (the equivalent of less than one mango) provides you with up to 3x your recommended daily intake of Vitamin A and Vitamin C. And, we all know that Vitamin C is paramount in protecting the body from infection. It also aids in the formation of collagen, a protein that gives structure to your bones, cartilage, muscle and blood vessels. Think of collagen as food for your skin, hair, and nails!

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Pan Seared Salmon Mango Salad

(PALEO, GLUTEN FREE, WHOLE30)

What You'll Need

4 cups baby spring mix
1/4 red onion, sliced
1/2 mango, peeled or sliced in a mandoline
4 - 3.5 oz salmon (I used Fish Fixe)
2-3 tbsp grapeseed or sunflower oil, for searing
Herbs de Provence seasoning
Sea salt, to taste
Black sesame
1 lime, sliced
1 avocado
Mango-Coconut Sauce:
1/4 cup diced fresh mango
2 tbsp coconut aminos
3 tbsp yuzu (Japanese lime) juice
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 tbsp coconut water
sesame seeds

What You'll Need To Know

Mango-Coconut Sauce:
1. In a high speed blender, blend ingredients for about 30-60 seconds, until it is smooth. Pour in a bowl and ddd in sesame seeds and mix together.

Pan Seared Salmon:
1. Remove excess moisture from salmon by pressing it between a couple of paper towels.

2. Season salmon with sea salt, Herbs de Provence seasoning, and black pepper.

3. Preheat a thin layer of oil in a stainless steel, cast iron, or carbon steel skillet over medium-high heat until it starts to shimmer. (This is the most important step.) Just before adding the fish, lower the heat under the pan to medium-low. Add the fish, and press gently but firmly on the back of it with a flexible slotted fish spatula for about 10 seconds to help it retain its shape. Cook for about

4. 6 minutes and flip and cook for 1 minute. Remove the salmon from pan so it does not over cook.

Salad:
1. In a large mixing bowl add greens, red onion, mango, and toss with mango-coconut sauce (to taste) and mix well. Plate, and top with salmon and sliced avocado.

2. Sprinkle with black sesame seeds.


Braised Bok Choy, Baked Salmon & Purple Cauli-Rice (Gluten-Free, Paleo, Whole30)

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Braised Bok Choy. Baked Atlantic Salmon.

Purple Cauli-Rice.

It couldn’t get any better than this! Earlier this week, I gave a glimpse on Instagram Stories of my recipe development process. This process involves a lot of careful planning, flavor profile research, and sketching out. Yes, I sketch out my meals... well, at least the ones that I plan to photograph. Then comes the prepping and cooking and using large tweezers to carefully place my ingredients. It sounds odd, but when it comes to food styling, every single thing must ideally be placed.

I might have to do a post or a vblog on this whole process, the tips & tricks of food styling and the various tools and books I use.

But, back to this dish. It was absolutely amazing! The key and star ingredient is Bok Choy. This quick cooking green pairs well with every single element on this plate. From the black sesame seeds and salmon to the shallots and turnips to the almonds and the subtle hint of lime from the chili lime sea salt. It seems and sounds complicated but, it's easy to whip up for a delicious weeknight meal.

What You'll Need

Root Vegetables:
1 sweet potato (roughly 150g)
1 turnip
1/2 tbsp coconut oil
San Francisco Salt Co Chili Lime Sea Salt.

Bok Choy:
4 bunches of baby bok choy, cut in half
coat in 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp coconut aminos
chili lime sea salt
Atlantic salmon:
2 4 oz atlantic salmon filets
1/2 tbsp coconut oil
chili lime sea salt
1 lime, sliced in medallions
2 bulbs of shallot, sliced
4 garlic cloves

Purple Cauli-Rice:
1head of purple cauliflower
1/2 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp coconut flakes
Sea salt, to taste
Black sesame seeds, to taste
Shaved almonds
Dried cranberries
1 lime wedges, cut into wedges
 

What You'll Need To Know

1. Root veggies: preheat oven to 450F. wash, peal, slice in medallions 1 small sweet potato (roughly 150g) and 1 turnip and coat with 1/2 tbsp coconut oil and season with chili lime sea salt. and bake for 20 minutes.

2. Bok Choy: coat in 1/2 tbsp coconut oil, 1 tsp coconut aminos, and chili lime sea salt. Bake at 450F for 6 min in a covered baking dish.

3. Salmon: coat 1 filet of salmon with coconut oil, chili lime sea salt, and sliced lime and bake for 12-15 minutes at 450F with 1 sliced up shallot and 4 garlic cloves.

4. Purple cauli-rice: Rice 1/2 head of purple cauliflower. add to a food processor and pulse 5-6 times or until it’s a rice consistency. Heat 1/2 tbsp coconut oil in a skillet over a medium heat. Add in cauli-rice, 1 tbsp coconut flakes, and season with sea salt. Cook for about 7-8 minutes.

Plate and sprinkle with black sesame seeds, shaved almonds, a few dried cranberries, and lime wedges.

Recipe makes 2-3 servings.
 

Grilled Salmon with Mango Papaya Salsa

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Salmon is so good for you! It's an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids (aka "brain food".) It's also packed with vitamin D which is vital for maintaining your overall health. One 100g serve of salmon can provide you with a day's worth of vitamin D.

This Grilled Salmon with Mango Papaya Salsa recipe is amazing! The mix of sweet and tangy mango papaya salsa and grilled salmon together create a burst of complimenting flavors. The great thing about this grilled salmon recipe is that it can be made ahead of time and paired with a salad or a side of quinoa or asparagus.

If making grilled salmon intimidates you, don’t worry! It’s really easy. Simply, make sure the gates are cleaned, preheat the grill until the grates are nice and hot, and let the fish cook with the lid closed as much as possible for at least 5-6 minutes before flipping it.

Don't have a grill or the weather simply doesn't permit? You can use a stove top grill pan or bake the salmon. It'll turn out just as nice as the grill.

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What You'll Need

2 large salmon fillets (6-8oz)
Sea salt, to taste
Fresh ground pepper, to taste
1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 mango's, cubed
1 fresh papaya, cut in half, seeds removed and cubed
1 small red onion, diced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 yellow bell pepper, diced
1 handful of fresh cilantro, chopped
2 cloves garlic, pressed
2 limes, juice of
1 tsp. lime zest
2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste

What You'll Need To Know

Salsa:

Place cubed mango's and papaya in a large ceramic bowl, add the diced onion, peppers, chopped basil and garlic.

Mix in the lime juice and zest, add the olive oil and red wine vinegar and stir.

Season to taste with some salt and pepper.

Refrigerate until ready to serve.
 

Salmon:

Preheat grill to med/high heat

Season room temperature salmon fillets with salt and pepper. lightly brush with extra virgin olive oil

Lightly brush the grill with olive oil as well

Grill fish, starting flesh side down for about 2-3 minutes per side until done (the flesh should all be opaque)

Serve immediately with Mango Papaya salsa.

Recipe makes 4-6.