It’s 5:00 pm on a school night and you have no idea what to cook for dinner. Enter this easy weeknight salmon and asparagus sheet pan dinner recipe! With practically zero prep and a quick cook time, you can have a delicious and nutritious, Whole 30 approved meal on the table in about 20 minutes!
We just returned from our family springbreak vacation in Europe and I realized a couple things while we were gone. First, my body feels better than it has in a long time. I drank very little red wine while we were gone (something I did almost every night without fail before we left). I had been having quite a few headaches before we went to Germany and suspected it may be the wine.
While we were gone, I only drank wine on three separate evenings, and each morning afterwords, the headaches were back. Hmmm. Second, my joint pain (my hips and shoulders have hurt me for years!) was a lot better while we were gone which I attribute to an overall cleaner European food system. They don’t allow a lot of the additives we find in our American food. Hmmm.
That information has been swirling in my head and I’ve also been watching friends participate in lots of clean eating challenges, like the Whole 30 program. Now I’m not quite ready to jump on board with the Whole 30 thing just yet (I REALLY love yogurt and cheese), but I have been cleaning up our food which seems to have deteriorated recently.
When I feel better, life is just better! Is is the same for you? And that’s why I recommend that you try this recipe. With heart-healthy salmon, fresh spring vegetables, and heart-healthy flax, you will enjoy eating healthy and your body will thank you. Maybe, just maybe, it can be the push you need to start eating cleaner every day!
I’m excited to partner with Barlean’s to bring you a Clean Eating Challenge and Forti-Flax & Flax Oil Giveaway. All opinions are my own.
As a Barlean’s Blogger, I was sent the following products to help with this post:
- Forti-Flax Premium Organic Ground Flaxseed
- Cold Pressed Organic Flax Oil
- A copy of Amie Valpone’s (from The Healthy Apple) book, Eating Clean, The 21-Day Plan to Detox, Fight Inflammation, and Reset Your Body
I’ve been baking with flax seeds for a long time. It’s an ingredient in my 12-grain bread, my favorite bread recipe of all times! Flax seeds are full of omega-3s, plant lignans, and fibers. They are a source of essential fats that we need to stay healthy and anti-oxidants as well. According to healthyflax.org, “The Institute for Medicine recommends that men consume 1.6 grams, women 1.1 grams and children depending on age consumer between 0.5 and 1.2 grams per day. Two Tbsp (30 mL) of ground flaxseed provides 3.5 g of omega 3, more then twice the daily recommendation.”
Flax seed oil is delicious in homemade salad dressings, and ground flax seed is also a great addition to smoothies and yogurt bowls as well. Read to the end of the post for a giveaway and you can enter to win Forti-Flax and Flax Oil from Barlean’s! Now let’s get busy cooking this delicious meal. It won’t take long, promise!
Salmon & Asparagus Sheet Pan Dinner
To make this quick and easy meal, simply preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Blanch a pound of asparagus for four minutes, then arrange all ingredients on a sheet pan. Bake for 12-15 minutes and enjoy!
- 4, 6-8 ounce salmon fillets, preferably wild-caught Alaskan Sockeye Salmon
- 1 lb fresh asparagus, washed and trimmed
- a handful of cherry tomatoes, washed and halved
- 1 lemon, half juiced, half sliced
- 3 TBS avocado oil
- 1 TBS Barlean's Forti-Flax ground flaxseed
- REAL salt & pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 450. Blanch asparagus for 4 minutes in boiling water.
- Arrange salmon and veggies on a sheet pan (lined with unbleached parchment paper if you want super easy clean-up. Skip this step if you're cheap like me.)
- Drizzle avocado oil and lemon juice over fish and veggies.
- Top with ground flaxseed, salt, pepper, and lemon slices.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until salmon is cooked to your heart's desire.
This recipe feeds my family of 6, but two of my kids aren't huge salmon fans.
Serving Size:4-6 servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 502Total Fat: 17gCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 81g