Monday, July 16, 2018
Health

Sheet-pan salmon a quick and easy way to eat healthfully

New year new you. Right?

So let's get right down to it: If healthy eating is complicated and time-consuming, we will lose interest before the end of February. That's why sheet-pan salmon suppers are so terrific — they take minutes to make, and yet the healthy fats in salmon are filling. Today's recipe features salmon alongside super-quick-cooking asparagus, which tastes sweet and less grassy when roasted. This incredibly simple recipe will start the menu rotation off right.

Sheet-pan suppers are perfectly quick for weeknight eating, and versatile enough that you can swap out ingredients to match your tastes and your fridge. Don't have salmon? Use sea bass or cod. Just pay attention to the cook times, particularly as you swap out veggies. (Tip: You can do a quick microwave steam to par-cook slower-cooking ingredients like potatoes before placing them on the sheet pan.) You can even use frozen fish fillets for this recipe if you add a little cooking time. (Use an instant meat thermometer to check for doneness.)

Since my daughter is gluten sensitive, I use almond flour for a bit of breadless breaded texture on top of the salmon, but feel free to use crunchy panko bread crumbs if you prefer. Herbes de Provence is my go-to dried herb blend, and it's a worthy little splurge. Otherwise, use a mix of dried oregano, marjoram and thyme and the results will still be delicious.

A final weeknight strategy: You can prep this whole dinner ahead of time on your sheet tray and stick it in the fridge. Then, when you get home, pop the whole thing into the oven for a dinner that is even faster than microwaving a frozen lasagna.

Food Network star Melissa d'Arabian is an expert on healthy eating on a budget. She is the author of the cookbook "Supermarket Healthy."

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