ALMOND CRUSTED SALMON, with a snap pea & pancetta salad
(snap pea recipe coming soon)
So, for Lent I have given up wine during the week. (Enter shocked face here.) Let’s be clear: “during the week” means Monday thru Thursday. This comes from motivation from my sister-in law. She has given up the same thing for Lent (although, she has been better behaved than I have been, and has given it up on Sundays as well.)
get outta dodge.
I just sincerely enjoy a glass of wine or two on a Sunday evening while relaxing before the busy work week begins. “Why” you ask, “would I give up something so amazing’? Well, with both Whaley kids weddings (yes, my brother and I were married within 10 months of each other), the past year has been one big celebration (which has included lots of cocktails). I just have been feeling that since CBH and I aim to eat so healthy during the week, this was a nice addition.
a little weekly detox, if you will.
Along with this sacrifice ( 😉 ), I have been diving into my gym classes as many days a week as possible; religiously attending yoga sculpt and swift jogs on the treadmill. Yoga sculpt, I always have found so incredibly cleansing. You sweat everything out of your system and feel amazing after.
Spring cleaning at it’s max! Weekly detox, being a bandit with weeding out closets and cabinets in our condo, and focusing on healthy eating. Cleansing of the home and body! Here we go!
A few other small changes I have made recently:
- Focusing on food, I try to eat vegetarian one night a week (you’ll see a few more of those recipes soon on the blog); this I will admit has been a challenge. I am such a carnivore, that finding inspiration and satisfaction with a vegetarian meal has been an interesting yet fun obstacle for me. I am enjoying the hunt for finding proteins in other sources.
- Drinking a gallon of water a day – or as close as possible. I know that sounds like a lot, but I normally drink a lot of water. This great intake helps with your complexion, digestion, regulates body temperature, helps you focus and keep your brain alert. (It also helps you feel full, therefore minimizing snacking!)
- Flossing every night – I know, wah wah, but I need to get into a better habit of this.
- In bed by 9pm to read and unwind. I am not a great sleeper, but getting into bed early is helping turn my mind off and helping me sleep more soundly.
- Waking up early so I’m not rushed in the morning. Whether I want to take a gym class, hop on the treadmill or just sit and enjoy a cup of coffee before the hustle and bustle of the day begins.
- While grocery shopping, focusing the majority of my purchases from the produce aisle – I go to the grocery store 2-3 times a week, normally. Once on Sundays for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, and then again on Wednesdays (usually) for more fresh vegetables and fresh proteins for the rest of the week. I leave Friday and Saturday meal planning alone until closer to, and can always make an impromptu stop to pick up whatever we need if we are cooking at home those nights.
What are your favorite ways to focus on a healthy lifestyle?
Here is one of my new favorite healthy salmon recipes. We all know I can eat salmon every day of the week… and this one has recently been added into the mix!
Have a wonderful Easter weekend! Check out what is happening in my kitchen over the long weekend here!
P.S. Here is a recap from our Easter Feast from last year.
- salmon filets - cut into individual servings
- olive oil
- kosher salt
- fresh lemon juice
- Shaved almonds finely ground in your food processor = 1/3 cup ground almonds
- 1/3 cup panko crumbs
- 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
- 1/4 tsp. ground coriander
- (optional: a little lemon zest to brighten the dish)
- Preheat oven to 450*F.
- Line a rimmed cookie sheet with tin foil. Lightly grease with a drizzle of olive oil.
- Place filets on top of greased tin foil, skin side down. Drizzle with olive oil (or some melted butter) and lemon juice and season nicely with a sprinkling of kosher salt and pepper. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, mix together ground almonds, panko crumbs, cumin, and coriander.
- Generously pat almond/panko mixture on top of salmon.
- Bake for 15 minutes until salmon is cooked through and almond/panko mixture is toasted.
- (If salmon needs to cook longer, reduce heat to 375*F after 15 minutes and continue to cook. If you leave it at 450*F for too long, the almond/panko topping will burn.
- *Coriander and Cumin, together, are often called "The Ancient, Dynamic Duo". Cumin has a little bit of a musky flavor, while coriander is more citrus-like.