Salmon Salad (Quick & Easy)

Salmon Salad (Quick & Easy)

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I have to admit I’ve been slacking lately on eating my veggies. The other day my body was screaming to me that I needed to eat a salad. So I made a salmon salad the past for the past two days for lunch & I even had some green juice! It may have also had something to do with the fact that I just bought some Tessemae’s & Jacqueline and Jerome dressings that I was excited to try, but I really am trying to be more mindful about including more vegetables in my diet.

I bought all pre-cut veggies from Whole Foods, so I easily put this salad together in about 5 minutes. This is a super quick & easy lunch! Admittedly, I’m pretty lazy when it comes to preparing food, so the less effort, the better – and this is almost zero effort when you buy pre-cut veggies & pre-made dressing like I did!

If you can’t find a clean salad dressing near you and don’t want to order online, you can make this dressing easily by mixing:

1 part vinegar
2 parts extra virgin olive oil (I use Kasandrinos EVOO)
1.5 tbsp dijon mustard
salt & pepper, to taste

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Broiled Chilean Sea Bass with Pesto Zucchini Noodles

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After indulging in lots of food for Thanksgiving (and having leftover pie for two days & grain-free pizza on Sunday), I wanted to reset this week and eat light meals. So I started my week with Broiled Chilean Sea Bass with Pesto Zucchini Noodles. Chilean sea bass is one of my favorite fish because it has a thicker texture and mild taste. I love love love pesto sauce and haven’t made it in a while so I thought what better way to make my veggies more crave-able than to make some zucchini noodles topped with pesto sauce! I actually used pre-spiralized zucchini noodles that I bought from Iavarone (2 packs).

If you can’t find pre-spiralized zucchini noodles, you can get a spiralizer and make them yourself! There are many varities of spiralizers ranging from low priced to high priced. This one is on the pricey end, but is easy to use and convenient and would make a great Christmas gift too! Here is one that is more budget-friendly. And this is the olive oil that I use.

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Broiled Red Snapper

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Simple dinners are the best! I love making fish since it’s so quick & super healthy. Red snapper is one of my favorite types of fish- I think it was actually the first fish I tried that I liked (before I started eating a paleo diet, I was petrified of fish and refused to try most types). This recipe is SO easy, you may cry from excitement (at least if you’re hardly ever in the mood to cook- like me). Sometimes I do like to make fancy, delicious meals, but I do need to mentally prepare beforehand. When I graduated from Adelphi in 2013, I had a backyard BBQ at my house and I cooked everything for the party. I made bacon meatballs (2-3 trays- I think it was 3), honey mustard dip, paleo almond crackers- from scratch, dairy-free bacon & chive cashew cheese, truffle asparagus, paleo chocolate cupcakes & paleo chocolate truffles, which took me about 9 hours to do. I was completely wiped out at the end, but I was excited to serve all home-cooked healthy food at my party. But on a regular busy day I’d rather make something effortless like this Broiled Red Snapper…

 

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Grey Sole Almondine

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This recipe is light & perfect for summer. I aim to eat fish at least twice a week. Grey sole is very thin and cooks really fast so it’s perfect for a quick & easy meal. I paired my fish with asparagus sauteed in olive oil and roasted red potatoes (potatoes not featured in the recipe). I use Kasandrinos EVOO. I don’t know if you’ve heard about it, but there’s been deception going on in the olive oil industry- much of the olive oil sold in supermarkets, when tested, turns out to be cut with cheaper oils such as canola. Kasandrinos is 100% pure extra virgin olive oil imported from Greece (and it’s certified paleo!) In order to get all the health benefits of olive oil, you’ve got to be eating 100% pure extra virgin olive oil extracted using traditional methods.

 

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Cedar Plank Salmon

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Grilling season is finally here! That makes me a happy girl. Not just because of BBQing (which is, of course, awesome), but because I absolutely despise the cold weather. Winter really gets me down- I feel depressed, unmotivated, tired, lazy, etc. As soon as I’m able to, I plan on moving to San Diego, California- or possibly some other warm-weather state that has access to healthy food 😉 For now, I am going to soak up every ounce of sun/warm weather I possibly can. Life is just better in the summer.

So, I first tried Cedar Plank Salmon from Seasons 52 (restaurant) and fell in love. I actually order it every time I’m there. I don’t always love salmon, but when it’s cooked right it’s delicious. If you’re not a big fan of salmon, give this recipe a try! My mom really doesn’t like salmon and even she loves Cedar Plank Salmon. It is important to soak the cedar grilling planks in water for at least one hour prior to grilling. (This was my first time using cedar grilling planks and I didn’t fully read the instructions beforehand and just wet them rather than soaking them for an hour). Sooo mine did go on fire a bit and got burned. Not to worry- this may happen- just keep a spray bottle with water by the grill to put out flare-ups. Instead of rubbing the ingredients on the salmon one by one, like I did, you could also mix them all together in a bowl first and then rub the mixture onto the salmon if you prefer. I hope you enjoy my Cedar Plank Salmon as much as I do! Happy Grilling! 🙂

 

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Paleo Salmon Teriyaki

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I’ve been on my journey to optimal health for a little bit over 3 years now. Eating paleo made me feel much better at first, but I must admit I eat way too much paleo sweets and treats. I would always tell myself, “it’s okay, it’s paleo.” Now that I am studying nutritional therapy, I am finally coming around to accept that no, that really doesn’t make it okay. Once in a while, as a treat, yes that’s fine, but I have them on a daily basis. For the past several months I had been trying to figure out what went wrong and why I was suddenly gaining weight, feeling very irritable, nauseous, jittery, and drinking more coffee than usual (I also had to get my eyeglass prescription strengthened). I am now starting to suspect that low blood sugar may be the cause.

I have been cutting back on sweets and coffee (I don’t think I’ll ever give up coffee completely, I love it too much), and I am already starting to feel much better. I’m also doing a Whole30, starting tomorrow, so hopefully that will help me feel a lot better. It’s been pretty frustrating trying to heal myself naturally through the use of real food, exercise, and natural supplementation (like Fermented Cod Liver Oil) because of all the negativity I receive from all the skeptics around me. My friends and family don’t seem to understand that food is a powerful medicine and that what you eat matters. They tell me I’m crazy, that I think too deep into things, it’s all in my head, I’m too extreme, etc. However, I never let anyone’s negativity and objections stop me anymore (I did during my first year being paleo and watched my physical and mental health plummet very quickly as I started adding refined and processed foods back into my diet). I know that the path I chose is the right one and I’ll never let anyone bring me down again.

The journey to optimal health will likely be a life-long journey, and I am okay with that. I love learning about real food and discovering new products that are beneficial to health. I believe in the power of food as medicine and as a prevention to the diseases of modern society. For all of you who are having a hard time because the people around you don’t believe in the way you are eating, remember that you are doing it for yourself and not for them. Never let anyone tell you how to eat or how to live your life in anyway. It’s your life, take control and do what makes you happy/feel good.

That’s the end of my rant for today, now onto Paleo Salmon Teriyaki! I made this recipe using Coconut Secret Teriyaki Sauce, which you can find on my Products page. One thing I always loved was Chinese and Japanese food, but they’re a killer on my digestive system. I wanted to incorporate more salmon into my diet and make it in a different way than I normally do so I don’t get sick of it. I thought Salmon Teriyaki, that would be perfect! I served it alongside cauliflower fried “rice” and it was awesome!

 

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Chilean Sea Bass in Dill-Lemon Sauce

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Chilean sea bass is one of my favorite fish. Before I became paleo I never ate fish, I was too afraid of it. Now it is a staple in my diet. The trick to making fish taste great really depends on how you flavor it. A great sauce or glaze can make all the difference in how your fish turns out. I based this recipe off one I found that uses canola oil. I gave it a couple tweaks to make it paleo-friendly (there’s a link to the original recipe at the bottom), although wine is technically not paleo. Use your own discretion when it comes to alcohol. I choose to drink wine on occasion and I’m fine with that. I used grass-fed butter to make my sauce, but if you can’t have dairy you can use ghee instead. If you’re not a seafood fan, trust me on this, you will love this recipe! You will feel like you’re eating at a restaurant yet in the comfort of your own home, doesn’t get any better than that! This goes great with my Roasted Duck Fat Potatoes and some brussels sprouts!

 

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Review: Shrimp Scampi with Creamy Garlic Fettuccine

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This recipe took me about an hour from start to finish. It was definitely an easy and stress-free meal. I bought zucchini that was already made into noodles in a store by me, so that made it even simpler. This meal is strict paleo and was definitely enjoyable for me and my family. I personally don’t think this would go over great with non-paleo guests, as they would probably prefer it be served with wheat noodles, but I didn’t try serving it to non-paleo guests so I can’t say that for sure. People surprise you sometimes.

 

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Review: Salmon with Creamy Tzatziki Sauce & Dill Carrots

 

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This recipe took me about an hour and a half from start to finish, including chopping veggies. If you chop your veggies ahead of time, it will cut down on the time. This recipe is easy to follow and make. It’s a simple but delicious dinner. The tzatziki sauce tastes shockingly like the real thing. This meal is definitely strict paleo and sugar-free. I think it would go over well with non-paleo guests, especially if you added some type of starch to the meal, such as sweet potato or red potato.

 

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Baked Halibut

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This is one of the easiest recipes ever. When I get home from work I’m pretty much always feeling lazy and just wanting to get dinner over with so I can relax before bed. Due to my desire to relax, I aim to create very simple recipes. Sometimes I do choose to make some more complicated dishes because of cravings, and let’s face it: most of the time the more complicated dishes are the most satisfying. However, sometimes less is more and this simple halibut recipe is easy and delicious. Halibut is a great tasting fish, so it doesn’t need much flavor added to “mask” the taste. This recipe is light and strict paleo. Any seafood lovers are sure to enjoy this as well. Serve with fresh lemon to squeeze on top, some vegetables and a salad and you’ve got a complete, delicious paleo meal!

 

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Ingredients:

1-2 lb halibut
1 tbsp olive oil
1-2 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp – 1 tsp Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
salt & pepper, to taste

Procedure:

1. Pre-heat oven to 375
2. Place halibut on a parchment paper lined baking sheet
3. Pour olive oil over fish and rub in with your fingers
4. Pour lemon juice over fish and rub in with your fingers
5. Sprinkle spices on top
6. Put in oven and bake for 15-20 minutesCopyright 2016 Jill Mac Nutrition. Email: Jill@jillmacnutrition.com