15 Heart-Healthy Recipes That Also Happen to Be Super Easy to Make
Can you eat salmon for every meal? If you don't think so yet, you will after reading these recipes. Not only is it one of the easiest, quickest fish to make, but it also pairs well with pretty much anything since it's relatively mild: ginger, veggies, miso, curry, eggs, grains—you name it.
Dietitian Abigail Kinnear, RDN, of blog Nutrition Traveller, also assures us that it's a heart-healthy alternative to a lot of other main course options. "Fish is a great source of protein that has less saturated fat than meats such as beef and pork," she tells us. So you can have your protein and eat it too, so to speak.
This is especially true for salmon since it's an amazing source of omega-3, which is essential for healthy a heart (and contributes to low cholesterol levels and blood pressure as well as plaque-free arteries). If you're ready to eat some nutritious, filling, and delicious meals, read on for 15 healthy salmon recipes to try this week.
Baked Eggs With Wilted Spinach and Salmon
Want salmon for breakfast but prefer yours cooked through rather than smoked? This is the recipe you need to make. Actually, you'll probably just want to make this baked salmon and eggs skillet from Salt and Wind for every single meal every single day. It requires 10 minutes hands-on time, 25 minutes total, and just one skillet.
Grain Bowl With Seared Salmon and Cilantro Cashew Puree
When it comes to healthy, filling, and comforting meals, it doesn't get much better than this grain bowl from Salt and Wind. Topped with a lightly seared salmon and delicious cilantro cashew puree, it ensures you'll be getting plenty of antioxidants, omega-3s, magnesium, and plenty of other vitamins and minerals. Make it on a busy weeknight for dinner and then pack the leftovers for lunch the following day.
Teriyaki sauce lovers, this caramelised sesame salmon recipe from Half Baked Harvest is for you. It's similar to the previous salmon recipe in that it comes complete with healthy whole grains, plenty of nutritious ingredients and a delicious sauce, except it's slightly sweeter and more indulgent thanks to the teriyaki sauce. It comes complete with a toasted buckwheat recipe topped with edamame, too, for a well-rounded meal.
More of a citrus kind of person? This succulent lime-and-chili baked salmon recipe from Playful Kitchen is right up your alley. Even though every bite is delightfully flavorful and interesting, this is also an easy "shortcut" kind of meal. Just marinate the salmon filet for 20 minutes, char whatever veggies you can dig up in your fridge, and then whip up a side of whole wheat couscous of another healthy grain.
This salmon recipe from Food Faith Fitness has the jackpot trifecta: It's comforting, healthy, and easy to make all once. Covered in an Indian-inspired coconut curry sauce, the salmon is perfectly tender and flaky while the refreshing crunchy zucchini noodles balance out those richer flavors. It takes 20 minutes to make in total about only has 400 calories.
When you need to make a larger filet for big group dinners or guests, here's a great option from Half Baked Harvest. Grilled on a cedar plank for a subtly earthy flavor, this miso butter sesame salmon is both foodie-friendly and health-conscious, so you really can't go wrong. The sweet cherry tomatoes add a nice juicy touch, too.
If you want to indulge in something a little creamier every now and then, opt for this salmon piccata recipe from Playful Cooking—it's still pretty healthy and light since there isn't any actual cream in it, but it doesn't lose the delightful creamy flavor, so don't worry. Instead, it's made with chicken broth, and this tangy deliciousness only takes 15 minutes to prepare.
Would you believe us if we told you this mouthwatering meal was low enough in carbs to satisfy the Whole30 diet? Well, it is. Not only is this recipe from Food Faith Fitness super light and low cal, but the salmon cakes also offer up some variety from the classic grilled or baked fish recipes. If you aren't trying to steer away from grains or simply want something a little heartier than a bed of spinach, opt for quinoa or rice instead.
Allow us to introduce you to a gourmet meal that only requires one pan for easy prep and easy cleanup. Brought to us by Half Baked Harvest, it's covered in succulent, zesty lemon juice, and prepared with parmesan asparagus and potatoes for an easy, balanced dinner.
Sometimes, we just really want a bowl of spaghetti. This arugula and walnut pesto pasta recipe from Spoon Fork Bacon is even better since it also calls for a salmon filet to deliver a little more sustenance. This is made with 50/50 pasta, which means it's half whole wheat and half good-old classic Italian noodles.
Truffle Oil Eggs, Greens, and Smoked Salmon
If you're someone who often ends up making eggs for dinner, spice things up a little with this salmon recipe from A Couple Cooks. Who knew it could be so easy to make an elegant meal? All you need is smoked salmon, four eggs, watercress, paprika, olive oil, balsamic, and to keep things interesting, a little bit of truffle oil.
Easy and simple yet full of tasty ingredients, this 10-minute baked salmon recipe is another favorite brought to us by A Couple Cooks. Aside from the miraculously low hands-on time required to make this meal, it's also super tasty and unique, thanks to the tangy, fresh, and deliciously garlicky chimichurri sauce.
A recipe that's 25% salad and 75% salmon sounds right to us. This super-simple yet satisfying recipe from The Modern Proper is a serious game-changer on busy weeknights or quick lunch breaks. What really sets this dish apart is the grapefruit slices, for a slightly sweet, slightly bitter, sightly sour twist.
This is a great salmon appetizer dish to make if you want to impress the guests (though you could probably just make it for dinner for one and eat it all on your own). Inspired by the acclaimed dish at Bouchon Bistro, Salt and Wind's take on the smoked salmon and creme fraiche herb spread is actually a lot easier to make than it sounds. Just add crackers!
Zucchini Rajas Salmon Tacos
We saved the best for last with this zucchini rajas salmon taco recipe from Salt and Wind. It's the perfect thing to make for lunch or dinner when you're craving some Baja fish tacos but need something a little lighter than the fried favorite. With cumin, garlic, red onion, and fresh oregano, these have a ton of flavor while still tasting fresh and light. The best part is that they only take 20 minutes to make, so you won't have to plan in advance or spend hours in the kitchen prepping.