High in omega 3 fatty acids, rich in protein and easy on the waist line and tastes great – you can’t go wrong with salmon!

Whether you are looking for a nutritional boost or just a healthy delicious meal with lots of versions and adaptations, it is hard to beat salmon. It certainly ticks all the health and nutrient boxes whilst being versatile and allowing you to flex some culinary muscles too!

Here are two of my favourite recipes packed full of flavour for you to try.

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Smoked Salmon on Buckwheat Pancakes with Maple

Ingredients

• 1 cup buckwheat flour
• 1 tsp baking powder
• 1 cup milk (I recommend unsweetened dairy free)
• 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
• 2 tsp vanilla extract (I recommend alcohol free – found at goodness me)

Optional: diced english cucumber, lemon juice & maple syrup for topping (for challenge friendly version, omit maple syrup)

Instructions

1. Whisk dry ingredients together in medium bowl

2. Whisk in wet ingredients

3. Set non-stick frying pan to medium heat with coconut oil to prevent sticking

4. Drop batter onto pan

5.  Flip when edges look cooked & bubbles appear on the surface

6. Stir together syrup & lemon juice, add cucumber & toss

7.  Place piece of salmon on top of pancake

8. Top with spoonful of cucumber

9. Drizzle with extra maple syrup if desired

10. To freeze any extra, place between layers of parchment paper in a ziplock bag and freeze.

protein salmon recipes_2Salmon with Roasted Acorn Squash

Ingredients

• 1 acorn squash (halved and seeded)
• 1/2 tsp ground cumin
• 1tsp olive oil
• 1/4 tsp + pinch of sea salt
• Fresh ground black pepper to taste
• 1/4 cup organic pumpkin seeds
• 1 tsp pure maple syrup (for challenge friendly version, omit maple syrup)
• coconut oil for pan
• 2 4oz salmon filets

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 325 F.

2. Place quash halves in large pan flesh side down in oven. Roast for 40 mins or until tender.

3. Remove from oven to cool slightly, leaving oven on.

4. Place a medium skillet inside oven

5. Remove skin from squash, mash into bowl with olive oil, cumin, 1/4 tsp salt & pepper to taste

protein salmon recipes_36. Place sheet of parchment paper onto counter

7. Place pumpkin seeds in non-stick skillet on med-high heat. Stirring frequently for 5 minutes. When they begin to brown reduce heat to med.

8. Add a pinch of salt & cook for one minute until browned.

9. Add maple syrup & allow to bubble shaking the pan to coat seeds (about 10 seconds).

10. Place seeds onto wax paper to cool and separate to prevent them sticking to each other.

11. Melt coconut oil into skillet & add salmon skin side down.

12. Roast for 4 minutes & turn. Roast for another 3-4 minutes until done.

13. Serve salmon a top of pureed acorn squash topped with the candied pumpkin seeds.

As previously mentioned, there are so many options when it comes to salmon dishes from the very simple to the very elaborate, you can explore and take your pick. The great thing though, is that it is easy to build salmon into your diet and that is a good thing!

I hope you enjoy my recipes and maybe you’ll develop some of your own. If you do, let me know!

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