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Meal Prep Salmon With Butternut Squash Noodles

This Baked Salmon with Parmesan Butternut Squash Noodles is easy and simply perfect for a light and refreshing weekday lunch. It’s a great low carb meal with minimal ingredients that you can make in less than 20 minutes.

Easy of Making: Easy

When it comes to eating healthy, it’s all about including a balance of proteins, veggies, smart carbs, and healthy fats. This meal delivers a powerhouse of nutrients that will help you meet your health goals.

Salmon is a great source of protein that will help you keep full longer. It is also rich in healthy fats such as Omega-3 Fatty acids which may promote weight loss and decrease belly fat. Salmon is also high in B Vitamins which is important in helping the food you eat into energy, creating and repairing DNA, and reducing inflammation that can lead to heart disease. It is also tasty, versatile, and widely available. 

This baked salmon is paired with a superfood medley of butternut squash spirals, cherry tomatoes, and arugula. Butternut squash is a low calorie, low carb, a sweet, and nutty ingredient that makes a great addition to many savory recipes and is packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. Antioxidants help prevent cellular damage and reduce inflammation which may reduce your risk of several chronic diseases. 

To add flavor and pack it with even more nutrients, we mixed it in with arugula that has a distinctive peppery flavor and a great source of calcium and folate. The addition of tart flavors from the cherry tomatoes pair well with the savory and nutty flavors of this recipe.

So not only is this recipe tasty, but it is also packed with nutrients to help you meet a healthy and balanced diet.

Meal Prep Tips for Baked Salmon with Parmesan Butternut Squash Noodles:

How to pick the right salmon:

There are several types of salmon, such as pink salmon, red salmon, and Atlantic salmon. Any of these types can taste delicious in the oven. 

You do however want to make sure you choose a filet with firm flesh when you are buying at the store. When you gently press the fillet with your finger, it should spring back. You also want to avoid any fish that are dark around the edges or brown/yellow discoloration. And be sure to smell the fish. It should smell like saltwater or the sea smell and not have a strong fishy smell.

Baking salmon delivers soft, juicy, and tender salmon on the inside with crispy edges. 

The key to evenly cooking the fish is to let it sit on the counter for a few minutes until it comes to room temperature, otherwise, other parts of the fish might overcook while the other parts are still raw.

How to use frozen salmon:

If you are using frozen fish, be sure to let it defrost in the refrigerator overnight and also allow it to come to room temperature before baking.

The great thing about salmon is that you don’t need a lot of seasonings to make it taste good. However, you don’t want to add salt too early, otherwise, it will draw out the moisture if left for an extended period of time. For best results, salt the salmon right before you place it in the oven to cook.

Fish cooks fairly quickly, however, cook time will vary depending on the thickness. The thickest part of the salmon should look opaque and the layers within the salmon should flake apart easily.

Baked Salmon with Parmesan Butternut Squash Noodles

This Baked Salmon with Parmesan Butternut Squash Noodles is easy and simply perfect for a light and refreshing weekday lunch. It’s a great low carb meal with minimal ingredients that you can make in less than 20 minutes.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Servings: 2

Ingredients

Salmon

  • 12 oz salmon
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp red chili pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Squash Noodles

  • 10 oz butternut squash noodles
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese (optional)

Instructions

Pre-Cook (Mise En Place):

  • Gather your equipment: cutting board, knife, sheet pan, parchment paper, skillet, tongs
  • Pre-heat oven to 400F
  • Mince garlic, slice cherry tomatoes in half
  • Marinate the salmon with the seasonings and olive oil. Place on sheet pan lined with parchment paper

Cooking Method:

  • Place salmon in the oven and bake it for 10-15 minutes
  • Add olive oil to a skillet on medium high heat. Saute the garlic and butternut squash noodles for 3 to 5 minutes. Add seasonings and continue to stir until butternut squash is tender
  • Add fresh tomatoes and arugula
  • Top off the noodles with shredded parmesan cheese
  • Serve the salmon on top of the noodles. Eat and enjoy!

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How To Make Salmon Cakes In A Skillet

These crispy salmon patties are a healthy meal prep protein option. Canned foods often get a bad rep, however canned salmon can be very nutrient-dense. One serving can provide up to 16 grams of protein, heart-healthy fats, and multiple micronutrients. 

Ease of Making: Easy

Growing up we used a lot of canned tuna, so using canned salmon in this recipe is a great switch. Eating salmon has been linked to anti-inflammatory properties, brain, heart, and bone health and due to its high protein content helps you stay feeling full longer.

And yes, canned salmon can be higher in sodium, however, pairing them with fresh veggies such as this corn and arugula salad can lighten it up and make it part of a healthy balanced meal.

Arugula has a distinctive peppery taste unlike other salad greens adding another flavor component. Adding other sweeter tasting veggies such as corn and red bell peppers can complement the flavors. Arugula is actually part of the cruciferous family such as Brussel sprouts and broccoli and is known to have high cancer-fighting agents. This high fiber salad option is low in sugar, calories, carbohydrates, and fats and has vital nutrients that help support the immune system. 

Meal Prep Tips for Pan-Fried Salmon Cakes with Corn and Arugula Salad

One of my favorite things about cooking is the ability to be creative and take food and transform it by simply adding a few ingredients and changing the flavor profiles. Take this canned salmon, for example. Canned fish often has a really fishy profile, but making them into salmon cakes with other ingredients can definitely upgrade a simple can of salmon. 

First, be sure to drain the can before placing the salmon into a mixing bowl. Then you’ll want to add your choice of veggies. I like to use bright colored veggies such as red bell peppers, red onions, and green onions. 

Then, you will want to include some sort of binder such as breadcrumbs, mayonnaise, and dijon mustard to keep the patties packed together to keep it from crumbling when you pan fry them in the pan. Add your choice of seasonings and spices and mix it all together until it forms a paste-like texture.

You can use your hands to form the patties into balls and then flatten them in the pan, but a great tool to use is a small 2 oz ice cream scoop. I use this tool anytime I have to scoop and portion out for recipes. It saves time from having to roll it into a ball and it evenly portions out your serving sizes. 

Place the portioned out balls into the hot pan and use your spatula to flatten them out into patties. Have a plate lined with a paper towel to help drain the excess oil. Afterward, serve them on top of fresh greens with other veggies such as sweet corn.

Salmon Cakes With Corn and Arugula Salad

These crispy salmon patties are a healthy meal prep protein option. Canned foods often get a bad rep, however canned salmon can be very nutrient-dense. One serving can provide up to 16 grams of protein, heart-healthy fats, and multiple micronutrients.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 12 oz canned salmon
  • 2 each eggs
  • 1/4 cup diced red bell peppers
  • 1/4 cup diced red onions
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp bay seasoning
  • 1 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup corn (frozen or canned)
  • 4 cups arugula salad
  • 4 tbsp choice of salad dressing recommend vinaigrette dressing

Instructions

Pre-Cook (Mise En Place):

  • Gather your equipment: cutting board, knife, mixing bowl, mixing spatula, flat spatula, saute pan
  • Dice red onions and red bell peppers into small pieces. Chop green onions
  • Drain canned salmon
  • Defrost corn if frozen, drain corn if canned

Cooking Method:

  • Place the canned salmon in a mixing bowl and crack two eggs. Mix well until eggs are incorporated.
  • Next, add the peppers and onions and seasonings. Mix thoroughly.
  • Then, add the mayo and dijon mustard and mix.
  • Finally, add the breadcrumbs and mix until the mixture forms a paste like texture.
  • Add oil to a saute pan on medium to high heat. Using a 2 oz scoop (or a large spoon), scoop out the salmon mixture into the pan. Make sure to not over crowd the pan.
  • Then, using a spatula, flatten the round salmon mixture into flat patties. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes until it is golden crispy. Flip it over to cook on the other side for about a minute until golden crispy.
  • Remove the patty from the pan and place it on a plate lined with a paper towel to drain the excess oil.
  • Serve salmon cakes on top of a bed of arugula salad with corn. Add any additional fresh veggies to your preference and top it off with your choice of dressing. Eat and enjoy!

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How to Make Homemade Ramen in Under 20 Minutes

Ramen is easily one of our favorite dishes at PrepYoSelf, especially heading into fall. As the weather cools there’s nothing better than a warm bowl of ramen noodle soup.

Even better, our Easy Shrimp Ramen is loaded with healthy ingredients with powerful benefits like the antioxidants in mushrooms and vitamins in bok choy. Antioxidants can help protect you from free radicals that may cause heart disease and cancer. Cruciferous vegetables like Bok Choy, have also been known to decrease your risk of heart disease. 

Our easy-to-make ramen recipe combines the ease of pre-made broth and the flavors of traditional ramen. This recipe is easy to whip together for any cold day of the week or to make ahead as a grab and go option. 

Ease of Making: Easy

How to Cook Ramen

When it comes to ramen, the broth is everything. You really want to focus on making the ramen broth pack the biggest flavor punch possible. You can do this by combining fresh, flavorful ingredients and letting them simmer together. For this recipe, we use a pre-made chicken or vegetable broth for the sake of time but if you want to make your own ramen broth these are the steps you would take:

How to Make Ramen Broth

Generally, there are three types of ramen broth. One made from the broth of chicken carcasses, one from pork bones (called Tonkotsu), and the last a combination from chicken and dashi stock. 

Steps:

  • Pick your stock base
  • Add in your aromatic root vegetables like ginger, garlic, and green onion
  • Simmer the stock base, root vegetables and cold water for around 3 hours
  • Add your dashi and other ingredients like miso, shoyu or shio

What To Add To Shrimp Ramen

Making your own ramen bowl is truly a customizable experience and can satisfy even the pickiest eaters. While we love ours with green onion, mushrooms and bok choy, you could also add these to spruce up your shrimp ramen:

  • A soft boiled egg 
  • Meats – think lean slices of pork, beef or chicken that will cook quickly but still remain tender. 
  • Vegetables – practically any vegetable can work in ramen. Try it out with broccoli, carrots, or snap peas. 
  • Spices or Hot Sauce – If you want to make your ramen spicy, try adding some sriracha or red pepper to the mix for an added kick. 

Meal Prep Tips for Shrimp Ramen

  1. Storing your ramen – store your prepped broth and noodles separately so the noodles don’t get soggy in the fridge.
  2. Freeze your broth – feel like making a ton of broth ahead? Ramen broth freezes wonderfully. We like using muffin tins to freeze individual portions we can easily grab and heat up in the microwave.
  3. Mix up your toppings – There’s nothing worse in meal prep than the same dish over and over, try new veggies, toppings, and sauce mix each time you make this to switch it up. 

Easy Shrimp Ramen

Our easy-to-make ramen recipe combines the ease of pre-made broth and the flavors of traditional ramen. This recipe is easy to whip together for any cold day of the week or to make ahead as a grab and go option.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: Japanese
Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 12 oz peeled and deveined shrimp
  • 1/4 cup diced green onion
  • 1/2 cup white onion sliced
  • 4 oz sliced mushrooms
  • 2 cups chopped bok choy
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 package ramen noodles (3 oz) (discard flavor packets)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

Pre-Cook (Mise En Place):

  • Gather your equipment: cutting board, knife, sauce pot, skillet/wok, spatula
  • Slice white onions into thin strips, slice mushrooms, chop green onions, chop the bok choy into bite size pieces

Cooking Method:

  • First, boil the chicken broth in the sauce pot and add the soy sauce. Add the ramen and boil for about 2 minutes until it is tender. Remove the ramen from the chicken broth and set it aside in bowls so that it does not continue to cook.
  • Then, add olive oil to a skillet/wok on medium high heat. Saute the green onions and white onions until they soften and turn translucent. Next, add the sliced mushrooms and saute until they soften.
  • Then, add the chopped bok choy and saute until they soften. Season with garlic powder, onion powder, and salt.
  • At the end, add the shrimp and pour in the broth and let it simmer for 2 to 3 minutes until the shrimp fully cooks.
  • Then, pour the soup mixture on top of the ramen noodles. Sprinkle with sesame oil to your liking.

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Mango Glazed Salmon with Red Pepper Couscous

Mango salmon is one of our favorite summertime dishes. Combining omega-3 rich salmon filets and our mango glaze, your taste buds will no doubt be wanting more. This recipe also calls for asparagus and couscous, giving you a perfectly balanced meal with healthy carbs, fats, and protein. The mango flavor pairs perfectly with salmon as the sweetness of the sauce balances the heartiness of the fish.

Asparagus is one of the best vegetables to pair with salmon because you can toss them both in the oven for the same cooking time and come out with a nicely timed meal, all on one sheet pan. Other vegetables that go well with salmon in the oven are green beans, squash, and peppers.

Easy of Making: Easy

Benefits of Salmon

Salmon boasts a wealth of nutritional benefits including B12, Vitamins A and D and Omega-3 fatty acids. While Vitamins A and D have been proven to help boost immunity and B12 keeps your body making DNA and nerves happy, the true hero of salmon is the Omega-3s. Omega-3s help keep the cardiovascular system in check, reducing artery inflammation, lowering cholesterol levels and maintaining a healthy blood pressure.

Salmon is also a fantastic option for your daily protein intake, providing high protein counts and low saturated fats. Protein is essential to the body to prevent muscle loss, and protect your bones, among various other benefits. 

Meal Prep Tips for Mango Glazed Salmon with Red Pepper Couscous

Choosing the right salmon filet:

Whether you’re shopping at your local fish market, or grocery store there are several tips for picking out the perfect filet of salmon to make for this recipe:

  1. Feel: Touch the salmon with your finger and check to make sure the flesh bounces back and does not leave a sign of your fingerprint. 
  2. Smell: Pick up your package and check for any smells that appear to be off. While salmon can have a fishy smell, ensure that your chosen package doesn’t smell spoiled or rotten. 
  3. See: Salmon should have a bright orange-red hue. Any salmon that starts to lose its color is likely past its prime. Another thing to look for is moisture, avoid any filets that appear to be dried out. 

How Long to Bake Salmon

The exact timing for your salmon will depend on the thickness of your filet. We recommend starting with 10 minutes in the oven and then checking every minute thereafter. Salmon can overbake and dry out quickly so it’s important to keep an eye on it. The perfect salmon will flake to the touch of a fork or finger and be an opaque pink on the outside and slightly translucent in the center. 

Tip: When salting your salmon before baking, only do so right before adding to the oven. Doing too far in advance can draw out the moisture in the dish and leave you with a dry fish.

Mango Glazed Salmon with Red Pepper Couscous

This mango-glazed salmon recipe is quick and easy and full of flavor. It's the perfect busy weeknight meal.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Mediterranean
Servings: 2

Ingredients

Salmon and Asparagus

  • 12 oz salmon
  • 6 oz asparagus
  • 1 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 tbsp Saucy Lips Tangy Mango Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder or 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Couscous

  • 1/2 cup dry couscous
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/2 cup diced red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder or 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

Pre-Cook (Mise En Place):

  • Gather your equipment: cutting board, knife, sheet pan, parchment paper, basting brush, sauce pan, spatula
  • Pre-heat oven to 400F
  • chop green onions and dice red pepper
  • Place salmon and asparagus on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Marinate salmon with hoisin sauce and mango sauce. Drizzle olive oil on the asparagus and mix well

Cooking Method:

  • Place salmon and asparagus in the oven for 10-12 minutes
  • Meanwhile, start cooking the couscous. Add oil to a heated sauce pan on medium high heat
  • Add green onions and green pepper to the sauce pan and saute until they soften.
  • Then, add water and bring it to a boil. Add the couscous and stir well. Once the water is boiling, turn off the heat and let the couscous absorb all the water (about 7 to 10 minutes)
  • Once the couscous is cooked, fluff it with a fork.
  • Remove the salmon and asparagus from the oven and serve with the couscous. Eat and enjoy!

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How To Make Shrimp Soba Noodle Salad

shrimp soba noodles

Shrimp soba noodle salad is one of our favorite Japanese recipes and is incredibly easy-to-make, so it’s perfect for beginners. The soba noodle is in an underrated noodle that falls second to ramen in popularity and use. However, this buckwheat based noodle is as versatile as it is healthy, move over ramen there’s a new noodle in town. 

Ease of Making: Easy

Soba noodles are one of the healthiest types of noodles as they are gluten-free, low fat and high in both protein and fiber. One cup of cooked soba noodles contains 6 grams of protein which is essential to building muscle, and producing hemoglobin to keep your immune system healthy. 

The shrimp in this recipe coupled with the soba, provides even more protein. Shrimp is a powerhouse food if you’re on a diet because it’s high in protein but low in carbs, calories and fats. Shrimp contains a wide variety of nutrients including antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids which have shown to improve heart health. 

How to Cook Soba Noodles 

If you’re wondering how to make soba noodles, there are several steps you can take to ensure you get it right. Soba noodles are extremely versatile and can be served both hot or cold depending on which soba noodle recipe you’re following. The noodles in the recipe will be warm after cooking but will cool as you rinse them and  add in the ingredients for the sauce. You can eat this warm or chilled as a prepped item for the week. 

Step 1: Pick a big enough pot so your noodles have room to move around.

Step 2: Don’t salt your pasta water. 

Step 3: Cook for a short amount of time. Soba noodles only need a maximum of 7 minutes (depending on how much you are cooking) in the water before they should be removed. The majority of soba noodles will cook in 3-5 minutes depending on their thickness. You’re aiming for an al dente noodle. Try testing out the noodles at the five minute mark to see how they are coming along. 

Step 4: Rinse! Soba noodles can stick together and form a gummy clump of noodle mess if you don’t immediately rinse the starch from the pasta after cooking. Leave your soba noodles in a colander and rinse under cold water for at least a minute while you whirl them around your pot. Your water should run clear before stopping your rinse.

Step 5: Drain, serve and enjoy!

Soba Noodle FAQ

What are soba noodles? 

Soba noodles are noodles made from buckwheat and whole wheat flours. Soba, is the Japanese word for buckwheat, a food many consider a superfood due to its ability to improve heart health, promote weight loss, and help manage diabetes. This type of a noodle has a mild nutty, earthy taste. 

Where to buy soba noodles?

Dried soba noodles can be found in most grocery stores in the international foods aisle. Look for a noodle that is similar in appearance to spaghetti but slightly flatter and brown in color. 

If you live in an area with a specialty asian food market, keep an eye out for fresh soba noodles which are fantastic as well. 

Do soba noodles have egg in them?

As a general rule, soba noodles are considered vegan and do not have egg. However, there are brands that may include egg so always be sure to check the label. 

Should you rinse soba noodles?

Without a doubt, you want to rinse your soba noodles. This removes excess starch and prevents a big sticky mess.

Are soba noodles bad for you?

Soba noodles are a healthier option than most other pasta options. However, there are some brands that use more refined wheat flour than buckwheat and those would be considered less nutritious. 

How do you cook soba noodles so they don’t stick?

Choose a pot that is large enough to give them plenty of room to move around and rinse them immediately after cooking with cold water. 

Can you use soba noodles for spaghetti?

Sure, you could! Soba noodles are similar to spaghetti in shape and function but will have a nuttier taste than a traditional pasta. 

Meal prep tips for Shrimp Soba Noodle Salad

Our chilled soba noodle recipe is the perfect grab-and-go option for a quick, healthy meal. Here are some tips to make it even better. 

  • If you like your shrimp warm but the salad cool, store them separately in the fridge. You can then reheat the shrimp and toss them in your already chilled salad. 
  • Rinse your noodles. We’ve repeated this multiple times because it’s important.
  • Don’t overcook them. Soba noodles should be served al dente or they can become mushy. Taste your noodles as they cook in an effort to prevent this from happening. 
  • Sub low-sodium soy sauce. If you’re watching your sodium intake, this is a flawless substitution to make this recipe even healthier. 
  • Add in other vegetables like broccoli, snap peas, or carrots. These all make for a great crunch alongside the slippery noodles and shrimp.

Shrimp Soba Noodle Salad

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: Asian, Japanese
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 lb pre-cooked frozen shrimp (peeled and deveined)
  • 8 oz soba noodles
  • 1.5 cups frozen shelled edamame
  • 1 each red bell pepper
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

Pre-Cook (Mise En Place):

  • Gather your equipment: knife, cutting board, boiling pot
  • Start boiling water
  • Defrost shrimp and edamame according to packaged instructions
  • Dice bell pepper into small pieces

Cooking Method:

  • Boil soba noodles for 7 minutes until al dente. Drain the noodles in a strainer and rinse with cold water. Then, place the noodle mixture in a bowl. Add the soy sauce, lime juice, sesame oil, and olive oil to the bowl. Mix well
  • Then top it off with the shrimp, edamame, and bell pepper. Eat and enjoy!

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Asian Glazed Salmon With Kale and Squash

There are many recipes you can use to prepare salmon, but one that never disappoints is an Asian baked salmon recipe. Our version of this is a baked sesame ginger salmon. The marinated salmon soaks up the flavors of the ginger sesame dressing and it is then baked to perfection in the oven alongside seasoned kale and butternut squash. This quick-and-easy salmon recipe also only uses one pan, which may be an even better benefit than the high sources of fiber and healthy fats you’ll find throughout this dish. We’ll take our Omega-3s with a clean kitchen any day. 

Ease of Making: Easy

All jokes aside, there truly are countless nutritional benefits to this meal. Salmon is packed with omega-3s, protein, B vitamins, potassium and more. It has also been known to reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease, joint problems and other medical issues or conditions. 

Then we have our kale and butternut squash, each nutrient dense on their own. Kale is known as one of the healthiest and nutritious foods on the planet, due to its low calorie content and high volume of vitamins and antioxidants. Kale has been linked to protection against diabetes, cancer, and heart disease and benefits digestion, skin, hair, eyes and more. 

Butternut squash didn’t want kale and salmon to have all the fun when it comes to benefiting your health, this winter vegetable is a great source of fiber, vitamins (A,C, B, E), calcium, magnesium and zinc

How to Cook Salmon

Salmon can be cooked in a multitude of ways; oven, stovetop, air fryer, broiled, etc. Each recipe may call for a different variation of cooking method. However, no matter the cooking method here’s a guide for getting your ideal doneness on the inside of the fish.

Salmon Temperature Guide

CookInternal Temperature
Rare120℉
Medium Rare125℉
Medium130℉
Medium Well135℉
Well Done140℉
Please note that the USDA recommends that salmon reaches an internal temperature of 145F to ensure food safety (measured with a cooking thermometer in the thickest part of the filet). Consuming salmon that does not reach the internal temperature of 145F can increase the risk of being exposed to foodborne illness. 

Salmon FAQ

What is a good side dish with salmon?

If kale and butternut squash doesn’t do the trick for you, try our Roasted Rainbow Carrots and Green Beans or Sautéed Brussel Sprouts.

What is the healthiest way to cook salmon?

Broiling is one of the healthiest ways to cook salmon, unlike some other fish, salmon’s natural oils prevent the fish from drying out when cooked this way. This cooking method also doesn’t require the addition of any fats like oil. 

Do you rinse salmon before cooking?

Depending on the freshness of your fish you may want to rinse it and pat dry. Fresh or hardly aged salmon is fine without a rinse. 

Do you season salmon before cooking?

Yes, but you want to season immediately before baking as salt can start to break down the proteins and draw out the moisture in salmon if it sits too long. 

Butternut Squash and Kale FAQ

How long to cook?

Cooking Time for Butternut Squash at 400F

CutTime
Butternut squash halved50-60 minutes
Butternut squash cubed35-45 minutes
Butternut squash diced15-20 minutes

Can you eat butternut squash without cooking it?

Yes, butternut squash can be consumed raw. Many people find that they like putting it in salads or smoothies. However, butternut squash contains a lot of beta-carotene which is easier to absorb once heated. 

Do I need to peel butternut squash before roasting?

Depending on the recipe you may not need to peel the butternut squash before roasting. This recipe calls for dicing the squash in small portions so that it can cook at the same pace as the salmon and kale, so it will need to be peeled.

How long does cooked butternut squash last?

Cooked squash can last 3-4 days in the refrigerator and up to 3-4 months in the freezer for best quality.

How long does fresh butternut squash last?

A whole butternut squash with the skin still on should be kept outside of the refrigerator and can last an entire month in the right conditions. 

What is kale good for?

Besides this recipe, kale makes a perfect addition to salads, smoothies, omelets, breakfast scrambles and more. 

How many calories are in kale?

There are 8 calories in one cup of chopped raw kale, and 33 calories in one cup of cooked kale. 

How much protein in kale?

There are 0.7 grams of protein in one cup of chopped raw kale, and 2.5 grams  in one cup of cooked kale. 

How to tell if kale is bad?

As kale ages you will notice the leaves start to wilt and turn brown. If the decomposition goes further, your kale will turn into a liquid brown mush and likely start to leak out it’s bag. 

Meal prep tips for Baked Sesame Ginger Salmon 

  • Switch up your sides – if there are just too many nutrient-dense ingredients in this recipe for you, try switching up the sides. Rice and broccoli would make perfect pairs with this salmon. 
  • Broil it – If you like your salmon to have a nice crisp outer layer, try broiling it for the last five minutes of the baking process.

Baked Sesame Ginger Salmon with Kale & Butternut Squash

An easy, heart-healthy recipe featuring omega 3 rich salmon, alongside butternut squash and kale
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 12 oz salmon
  • 5 oz baby kale
  • 5 oz butternut squash (diced small)
  • 3 tbsp sesame ginger salad dressing
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

Pre-Cook (Mise En Place):

  • Gather your equipment: sheet pan, parchment paper, cutting board, knife, mixing bowl, tongs
  • Pre-heat oven to 400F
  • if needed: dice butternut squash into small pieces
  • line sheet pan with parchment paper

Cooking Method:

  • Place salmon on a sheet pan. Marinate it with 1 tbsp of the sesame ginger salad dressing
  • In a mixing bowl, add the baby kale and squash. Add 2 tbsp of sesame ginger salad dressing, 1 tbsp of olive oil, garlic powder, and salt. Mix well until everything is fully coated.
  • Place the baby kale mix on the same sheet pan and spread it out evenly.
  • Bake everything in the oven for 10-15 minutes until the salmon has fully cooked.
  • Remove from the oven. Eat and enjoy!

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Quick & Easy Shrimp Quesadillas For Meal Prep

shrimp quesadillas

Quesadillas are a go-to option when you want something tasty and fast. Most people almost always have tortillas and cheese in the refrigerator, so quesadillas make for a great catch all meal that you can throw in whatever proteins and veggies you have on hand, heat up and enjoy. One of our favorite combinations of flavors in a quesadilla is shrimp paired with mushrooms, spinach, mozzarella cheese and a few other seasonings. 

Ease of Making: Easy

Not only do we think this is the best shrimp quesadilla recipe out there, but this entire recipe can all be made in one pan and takes less than 20 minutes to come together. No waiting, no mess. 

How to Make Shrimp Quesadillas

First, you want to start by sauteing the mushrooms and spinach together in your pan. You only need to cook these until they are softened, about 1-2 minutes. Next, the seasoning and shrimp is added and you’ll cook until the shrimp is pink in color and no longer translucent. Shrimp fully cooks in 3-5 minutes and can overcook quickly so keep an eye on them and flip halfway through.  Remove the mixture from the pan and wipe clean.

Using an oil or fat of your choice, butter, avocado oil, etc., place the tortilla in the pan and layer with cheese followed by shrimp, more cheese and the top tortilla. Once your tortilla has reached a golden brown on the bottom, use your spatula to peek under a corner of the bottom tortilla to see its progress, you can flip your quesadilla. Cook on this side until golden brown and then remove from heat and cut into halves or quarters. 

We like to top ours with all the fixings: sour cream, guacamole, pico and/or salsa, but the toppings are completely up to you and your likings! 

Shrimp Quesadilla FAQ

What can you put in a quesadilla?

You can put almost anything inside of a quesadilla, as long as it’s not a liquid, the tortilla should support most ingredients. 

What are the best tortillas for quesadillas?

Flour tortillas are best for quesadillas because they provide a nice crisp layer for your ingredients and won’t break apart if you fold them or flip them. 

How do you elevate a quesadilla?

To elevate a quesadilla you’ll want to use high quality ingredients. Think lobster, duck, etc. 

What to serve with quesadillas?

You can serve your quesadilla with a bit of lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, guacamole, pico and/or salsa.

Meal prep tips for Shrimp Quesadillas

  • Pre-portion your selected toppings of salsa, guacamole, or sour cream ahead of time so that when it’s time to grab and go, you can in fact grab and go. 
  • Heat your quesadilla up in a toaster oven, standard oven, or air fryer to regain it’s crispiness if you’re using this as a prepped meal. 

Shrimp Quesadillas

A flavorful mixture of shrimp, spinach, mushrooms, and cheese in flour or corn tortillas
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 12 oz shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 4 each tortillas
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

Pre-Cook (Mise En Place):

  • Gather your equipment: knife, cutting board, skillet, spatula

Cooking Method:

  • Add oil to a skillet on medium high heat. Saute the mushrooms and spinach until they soften.
  • Next, add the shrimp and season with chili powder and salt. Saute until the shrimp fully cooks (about 3 to 5 minutes). Remove the shrimp mixture from the skillet.
  • Carefully wipe down the skillet to remove any residue. Then heat some butter in the pan on low to medium heat. Place a tortilla in the skillet and then layer the ingredients: cheese, shrimp mixture.
  • Top with a little more cheese and the top layer tortilla. Flip the quesadilla to toast the other side.
  • Remove the skillet and slice into quarters. Serve with choice of toppings such as pico de gallo, sour cream, or quacamole. Eat and enjoy!

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Salmon with Coconut Cauliflower Rice

Salmon with Cauliflower Rice

Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs salmon
  • 16 oz cauliflower rice
  • 10 oz sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes (sliced)
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 10 oz coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp salt

Instructions

Pre-Cook (Mise En Place):

  • Gather your equipment: cutting board, knife, baking pan, saute pan, spatula
  • Pre heat oven to 425F
  • Slice cherry tomatoes, slice mushrooms, chop cilantro

Cooking Method:

  • Place the salmon in a baking dish and season with a sprinkle of garlic powder and salt. Drizzle with olive oil. Place in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a pan on medium high heat. Saute the mushrooms until they turn golden brown.
  • Then add cherry tomatoes and fresh cilantro. Cook until they soften (2 to 3 minutes)
  • Lastly, heat olive oil in a pan on medium high heat. Saute the cauliflower rice and pour over the coconut milk. Season with garlic powder and salt to preferred taste. Mix well and continue to simmer until the coconut milk thickens and almost evaporates.
  • Serve the salmon on top of the cauliflower rice. Add the mushroom, cherry tomatoes, and cilantros on top of the salmon. Eat and enjoy!

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Healthy Shrimp And Bacon-Wrapped Broccolini

shrimp and asparagus

Perfect for a party appetizer, side dish, or as a pre-meal snack to impress, our shrimp with turkey bacon wrapped broccolini is a crowd pleaser no matter the crowd you’re trying to please. Who doesn’t love bacon? Psychopaths that’s who. (Sorry vegans, we will let you slide.)

Ease of Making: Easy

In this recipe, we use turkey bacon because it’s a healthier version of the bacon we really want but still gives us the satisfaction of crispy roasted meat dripping in flavor. Turkey bacon is a pretty popular option for those looking to lower their fat and caloric intake because it has 35% less saturated fats and 25% fewer calories. 

How to Make Healthy Shrimp and Bacon Wrapped Broccolini

Coupled with the turkey bacon, broccolini and shrimp round out the dish providing more nutrients, vitamins and protein. You can use either fresh, frozen or pre-cooked shrimp when assembling these “broccolinis in a blanket.” 

 How to Cook Healthy Shrimp and Bacon Wrapped Broccolini

Start by preheating your oven to 400℉. Next, wrap one piece of bacon around a couple broccolini stems and lay it on the baking sheet. Try to make sure that the bacon ends are under the broccolini when you place it down, to prevent it from coming unraveled. 

Arrange your fresh or frozen shrimp around the broccolini on the sheet pan and drizzle the entire pan with olive oil and season with garlic powder, salt and red pepper flakes. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes and you’re done!

Meal Prep Tips for Shrimp and Bacon Wrapped Broccolini

Pop these babies in the air fryer or broil in the oven to reheat, so the bacon becomes crispy and delicious all over again. 

Shrimp with Turkey Bacon Wrapped Broccolini

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 16 oz frozen (pre-cooked) or fresh shrimp
  • 10 oz broccolini
  • 6 slices turkey bacon
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes

Instructions

Pre-Cook (Mise En Place):

  • Gather your equipment: sheet pan, parchment paper
  • Pre-heat oven to 400F

Cooking Method:

  • Wrap one piece of turkey bacon around 2-3 broccolini stems and lay it on the sheet pan
  • Then place the frozen shrimp around the broccolini
  • Drizzle the broccolini with olive oil
  • Season all ingredients with garlic powder, salt, and red pepper flakes
  • Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes

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Salmon Pesto Pasta

Salmon Pesto Pasta

Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 12 oz salmon
  • 1.5 cups dry pasta (rotini)
  • 2 cups fresh arugula
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1-2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1-2 tsp salt

Instructions

Pre-Cook (Mise En Place):

  • Gather your equipment: sauce pan, sheet pan, blender
  • Pre-heat oven to 400F
  • Boil water
  • Season salmon with 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp salt, coat with 1 tsp olive oil

Cooking Method:

  • First, boil the pasta according to the package instructions
  • Next, place the salmon in the oven and bake it for 10-15 minutes
  • Then, place the arugula, olive oil, garlic powder, and salt in a blender. Blend until smooth. Season with salt to preferred taste
  • Drain the cooked pasta. In a bowl add the pesto and mix well (add the amount of pesto to your preferred taste)
  • Remove the cooked salmon from the oven. Using two forks, shred the salmon.
  • Place the salmon on top of the pasta and enjoy!

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