I'm winding down the last week of my pre-holiday diet, and I wanted to take a shot at tackling one of my biggest obstacles: salmon.
Now, I know that salmon is awesome. I remember back when Sex and the City was still on the air and Kim Cattrall credited her amazing shape to a diet of almost nothing but salmon. According to Google, salmon is a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, high quality protein, essential amino acids, vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin B6, vitamin B, and vitamin E (yeesh). There's probably a shorter list of what salmon doesn't do for you than what it does. And even though I know all of this about salmon and it's magical uber healthy powers, whenever I'm given the opportunity to actually eat it… I tend to pass.
I don't really have a good reason for why I do this. And it doesn't just happen with salmon – all fish seems to get the short end of the stick with me, because whenever I'm brainstorming ideas for dinner my mind always drifts to chicken or beef or pork (or shrimp). Fish isn't even on the spectrum.
But then, that's precisely the reason why I wanted break out of my comfort zone to try this recipe. The most successful diets I've ever had were the ones where I added a bunch of new foods to my repertoire as opposed to limiting the portion size of my old favorites. Sometimes making change is all about perspective and building new habits.
I ended up making the 10 minute asparagus to go along with the salmon, leaving the total calorie count per portion a whopping 526. Not too shabby!
However, I didn't look up the calories on the crisp glass of white wine I paired this dinner with. If the wine has as many calories as the fish and the asparagus combined, I don't think I wanna know.
Honey Baked Salmon
Sweet, flaky salmon baked in foil.
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- 2 lb salmon fresh or dethawed
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 1/2 tsp garlic minced
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp white wine vinegar or substitute with white vinegar
- 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves or 1/2 tbsp ground thyme
- 1 pinch salt to taste
- 1 pinch black pepper to taste
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- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a 9x13 baking dish with foil, making sure there is excess to cover the sides.
- In a large bowl, add together honey, garlic, thyme, olive oil, white wine vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste. Whisk to combine.
- Place salmon in the in the prepared baking dish. Pour the honey garlic sauce evenly on top of the salmon.
- Take the edges of the aluminum foil and fold them over the salmon so that the salmon is completely covered in foil. If needed, it's okay use an additional piece of foil (tucked at the corners) to fully cover the salmon.
- Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, until cooked through and flaky. Serve immediately.
Please note that I am not a certified nutritionist; I am merely a quirky girl who loves food. Any nutritional information that is discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates. If nutrition is important to you, I highly encourage you to verify any data you see here with your favorite nutrition calculator.