Herb-Crusted Roasted Salmon with Roasted Broccoli Steaks

Here is another great recipe from our friends at Whole30. Give it a try for a delicious twist on salmon. But don't stop with just broccoli for the veggie. Add cauliflower, zucchini, and sweet potato for an even greater array of colors and flavors!

Ingredients
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves
6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1/4 cup almond flour
2 salmon fillets (6 ounces each)
3 small heads broccoli with the stems attached (consider adding cauliflower, sweet potato and other veggies here!)
1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted

Instructions
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Combine the basil, parsley, 4 tablespoons of the oil, lemon juice, ½ teaspoon of the salt, ½ teaspoon of the pepper, and the lemon zest in a blender or food processor. Cover and pulse until smooth. Pour the herb mixture into a bowl and stir in the almond flour.

Place the salmon fillets in a large roasting pan or on a rimmed baking sheet. Pack the herb mixture on the top of each fillet.

Trim the broccoli stems to about 3 inches below the florets. Slice the broccoli heads lengthwise into 1-inch-thick slabs (two or three slabs per head), cutting from the bottom of the stems through the crown to preserve the shape of the broccoli. Brush both sides of each broccoli slice with the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and sprinkle with the remaining ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper. Arrange the broccoli in a single layer in the pan around the salmon.

Roast the broccoli and salmon for 25 minutes, until the salmon just barely starts to flake when pulled apart with a fork and the broccoli is lightly browned, turning the broccoli once halfway through roasting. Sprinkle the broccoli with the toasted almonds before serving.

Text excerpted from The Whole30 Cookbook © 2016 by Melissa Hartwig. 

Whole30 Mexican Salmon Cakes with Mango Relish

I am a big fan of Melissa Hartwig and her Whole30 program. First there is the general concept that how and why we eat are just as important as what we eat. Then there are her recipes. Some people feel it can get boring eating real foods, no added sugars or grains or processed food. Melissa's recipes show us that it is anything but boring. Try these Mexican Salmon Cakes with Mango Relish and you will drop the word boring from your vocabulary. I'm a spice wimp so I did it without the cayenne pepper and jalopenos, and I served it with sauted spinach and some leftover broccoli/carrots/cauliflower I had in the fridge. Deliscious!

Bret Scher, MD FACC

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