Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Healthy Wild Salmon with Spaghetti Squash Pesto and Tomatoes

Super Foods Recipe
(this is really easy. I made this while nursing Jackson and getting him ready for bed. Pretty nuts if you ask me.)

Salmon is such a power food. It's great for your heart, inflammation, and is packed with Omega-3s that are good for your overall mental health too!!!

Here are some of salmons benefits - http://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/animal-product/health-benefits-of-salmon.html Also, shoot for wild salmon versus farm raised. Here is a good website to read why wild is best - http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/expert.q.a/01/08/salmon.fresh.farmed.jampolis/index.html

Now...on to the amazing recipes....

Looks like this takes a lot of work but it really doesn't

I found both recipes as I was scanning Pinterest! Yay.

Spaghetti Squash Pesto with TomatoesGina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 4 • Serving Size: 1/4th Old Points: 4 pts Points+: 5 pts
Calories: 165.4 Fat: 14.9 g Protein: 2.4 g Carb: 6.9 g Fiber: 1.5 g

  • 1 small spaghetti squash
  • 15 large basil leaves
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tbsp Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • salt and fresh pepper
  • 1 tomato, diced


Cut squash in half lengthwise, scoop out seeds and fibers. Place in a microwave safe dish and cover. Microwave 8-9 minutes. Remove from the microwave and scoop out flesh with a fork into a large bowl.

In a small blender combine basil, garlic, olive oil, parmesan cheese, salt a pepper and puree until smooth.

Combine pesto with two cups spaghetti squash (save any remaining squash for another recipe). Add tomatoes and season with additional salt and pepper.

And for the salmon...
I did not grill, nor did I let salmon marinade. I took the frozen salmon (from Schwans) and sprinkled with all the goodness and stuck in the oven for 24 minutes. I'm short on time these days! And it still tasted amazing.

Grilled Salmon with Avocado salsa
Ingredients (for 4 people):
2 lbs salmon, cut into 4 pieces
1 tbs olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp paprika powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp black pepper
Avocado salsa
1 avocado, peeled, seeded and sliced
1 small red onion, sliced
3 mild hot peppers, seeded and deveined, diced or sliced
Juice from 2 limes
3 tbs olive oil
2 tbs finely chopped cilantro
Salt to taste
Suggested sides Rice and patacones
  1. Mix the salt, coriander, cumin, paprika, onion and black pepper together, rub the salmon fillets with olive oil and this seasoning mix, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Pre-heat the grill.
  3. Combine the avocado, onion, hot peppers, cilantro, lime juice, olive oil and salt in a bowl and mix well, chill until ready to use.
  4. Grill the salmon to desired doneness.
  5. Serve the salmon topped with the avocado salsa, and with rice and patacones or thick green plantain chips on the side.
This is the second time I've made this and Karl loves and I love. AND we're getting all the great health benefits of salmon.


I think I’ve found my recipe for my daughter's birthday party next week. Thanks for sharing this. Healthy Wild Salmon with Spaghetti Squash Pesto and Tomatoes it is!

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