Well good morning my little sunflower!
I hope you are just marvelous this Thursday morning.
Nugget and I are back in the grand country of Texas, still flyin’ high after being in Big Orange Country, land of the mighty Vols, Dolly Parton, biscuits, and, most importantly, my beloved family.
It pains my heart to leave Rocky Top, but I’m blessed and grateful for the time I was able to spend there.
And luckily, our annual Gloverpaloosa is weeks away, where we will be reunited on the sandy South Carolina shores. Let the countdown to the wild rumpus begin!
In the meantime, I have a few weeks of normalcy before we pack up and hop on a plane again.
Since I got back in town last night, I had the chore of figuring out what in the world to throw together for dinner that was 1) easy 2) quick 3) convenient 4) didn’t involve a take-out menu or drive-thru.
That’s how today’s recipe was created.
For those of y’all who are always scrambling for simple meals that, from start to finish, come together in under 30 minutes with hardly any prep or clean-up, I’ve got a recipe for you!
1 sheet pan+1 protein+a few veggies+30 minutes=healthy, happy family.
As a mom of a 2.5 month old, I’m always trying to figure out ways to get dinner on the table faster. For the past few months, there have been LOTS of 9:00 p.m. dinners, dinners eaten in shifts while one of us holds/entertains/sways/strolls/rocks/makes silly faces at our little one.
And like most infants, dinnertime can be a crapshoot. Some nights, our little buddy is totally content to sit quietly with his pacifier in his Pello and watch House of Cards with mommy and daddy; yet other evenings, he turns into Mister Crabby Patty and wants to fuss, fuss, and fuss some more.
As a result, dinnertime, which spans anywhere from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at our house) needs to be as easy as possible.
Throw in the curve ball of me coming back in town after being gone for a week, dinner MUST be easy that first night back at home.
You must be wondering, “Michelle, just let your husband cook dinner.”
Yes, friends, I could do that. But we would be eating popcorn and scrambled eggs for dinner, which, if in a pinch, wouldn't be the worst meal in the world.
But after hangin’ out in airports and airplanes for half the day, I wanted something with a little more substance and nutrition.
I want roasted salmon and veggies, please.
Here’s how simple this meal comes together, y’all.
1) Snag some pre-cut veggies of your choice. Sure, you can buy normal veggies and cut them up, but that actually takes time and effort. I used broccoli, zucchini, and green beans. Scatter those buddies on a sheet pan.
2) Drizzle melted coconut oil over your lovely veggies so they can get caramelized and browned.
3) Plop your salmon filets (opt for wild caught, y’all! Atlantic salmon=farm-raised salmon…please stay away) on top of your uncooked veggies, skin side down. Don’t scrape that skin off yet, since it helps keep the salmon from drying out.
4) Make it rain with your salt, lemon pepper, garlic powder, and whatever other spices you want to season with. This is also the time to smear a little premade teriyaki/stir-fry sauce over those fishies. I use a gluten-free sauce like Kikkoman.
5) Throw the whole pan into the 425 degree oven and let everybody hang out for 20ish minutes, or your veggies are browned and salmon is firm. While your salmon and veggies party in the oven, you could throw together one more side dish to round out the meal.
At our house, some people enjoy French fries with their salmon, so I toss in a handful of frozen fries like Alexia brand into the already heated oven on the other rack. I like roasting up sweet potato wedges with mine. What can I say? We're a house divided when it comes to potatoes.
You could also serve this meal with cauliflower or white rice, which both can now be made with those handy dandy frozen microwavable packs (I haven’t tried them yet, but I’m sure they would get the job done).
Not wild about salmon? You could sub in a milder fish like tilapia or just go the good ol’ chicken breast/thigh route, too!
Healthy, fast, one-pan meals make life so much easier for this busy, on-the-go mommy. And, hopefully, they’ll make your life easier, too!
Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
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