Lean, light, chock full of waist-wilting nutrients and quick to prepare, salmon dishes are some of the easiest go-to weekday dinners you can rely on for terrifically tasty and weight-loss friendly results.
Here are 5 quick, lean and easy meals that feature tantalizingly flaky salmon, complimented by savory side dishes that boost flavor, nutrition and satisfaction.
Coconut Curried Salmon on Steamed Asian Greens
Here’s an easy and delicious weight loss meal that’s full of clean, metabolism-boosting slow carbs like dark leafy kale, bok choy, broccolini, micro greens, celery and fat-burning spices like cayenne pepper, turmeric, ginger and cinnamon. The addition of lean protein and slimming fatty acids from wild salmon, coconut milk and avocado ensure that this meal will help you lose weight while also balancing your blood sugar and leave you feeling full and satisfied.
Get the recipe here.
Sesame Salmon Cakes
This light gluten-free burger pairs nutritious wild salmon with other metabolism-boosting ingredients like ginger, garlic and sesame seeds.
½ lb wild raw salmon, skin removed
½ Tbsp toasted sesame oil
½ Tbsp rice vinegar
½ Tbsp soy sauce or tamari
1 clove garlic, pressed
½ tsp fresh ginger, minced
2 Tbsp chopped scallions, green and white parts
1 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds
1 large egg
1 Tbsp oat flour, almond flour or coconut flour
Sesame oil or coconut oil, for frying
Cut the salmon into small cubes. Then place them in a large bowl and combine with the oil, vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, scallions, sesame seeds and egg. Stir in the flour and combine everything together well.
Heat some oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Using a spoon or clean hands, form the salmon mixture into patties and cook them in the skillet, about 4 to 6 minutes per side, until golden brown.
Transfer the cooked patties to plates and serve warm.
Makes about 6 patties.
Nutrition Facts per patty: 99 calories/6g total fat (1g saturated fat)/8g total carbs/9g protein
Mediterranean Salmon with Sautéed Leeks
Braising the salmon allows it to cook through safely while retaining its nutrients and fresh taste. Immune-boosting leeks and garlic provide all the flavor that this delicious dish requires, keeping it simple, easy, and free of any unhealthy sweeteners, fats, preservatives or artificial ingredients found in store-bought sauces.
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Here’s a light zesty dinner whose flavors all infuse wonderfully by baking everything together in one simple parchment paper pocket. Dinner doesn’t get quicker and easier than this.
7oz. asparagus spears, woody ends removed
1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
Salt & black pepper, to taste
4 oz wild salmon
¼ small white onion, chopped into rings
2 fresh lemon sliced
1 small bunch fresh dill weed
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Cut a large piece of parchment paper and place it over a baking sheet.
On the upper half of the parchment, place the asparagus. Drizzle them with ½ tablespoon of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Lay the salmon piece on top of the asparagus, drizzle it with the rest of the oil and season it with some more salt and pepper. Place the raw onion rings on top of the salmon, then top with the lemon slices and fresh dill.
Fold the bottom half of the parchment paper over top of the food to create a pocket, and then roll the open edges of the paper pocket together to create a seal around the food within.
Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Open the parchment paper pocket, transfer the hot food to a plate and serve.
Nutrition Facts: 232 calories/10g total fat (2g saturated fat)/11g total carbs (4g dietary fiber)/29g protein
Wild Seared Salmon with Arugula & Grapefruit Side Salad
This super salad is bursting with healthy weight-loss properties, thanks to some powerful nutrients that also happen to make for one awesome flavor combination. Heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids abound in wild salmon and walnuts, bolstered nicely with waist-slimming monounsaturated fats from avocado. Grapefruit not only balances this dish with the perfect sweet and sour touch, but it also brings with it the ability to help stabilize blood sugar and insulin levels while metabolizing fat.
Set on a bed of lovely arugula greens, this is the perfect lunch or light dinner that can be quickly thrown together on any day of the week.
Get the recipe here.