The recipe at the end of this post is my absolute favorite way to fix salmon (besides salmon patties, but those are too sinful to have very often!). I’ve fixed it before, but I was re-inspired to make it while coming up with a meal plan for the 24-day challenge that I just started thanks to my good friend Janel!
Janel and her husband started using Advocare products early this year, and Janel gave me some samples of Spark at a game night. Spark is a mental focus and energy drink mix that works better than a pot of coffee. I was skeptical, so the samples stayed in my purse for a few months completely forgotten (oops). One day at work, I was having trouble keeping my eyes open and focused on the task at hand, so I went digging for some gum. Lo and behold – the spark samples fell out of my purse! I thought “what the hell, why not,” and mixed it up, drank it down and got back to my desk. Within 10-20 minutes, my eyes were open, I was furiously working away, and I felt like I could keep going all afternoon and well into the evening. I used the other 2 samples over the next 2 days, and I was truly amazed. I had plenty of energy, and I was focused like a laser beam!
So… I told the hubs about it, and he asked me to look into the company, the products, and the opportunity. After talking more to Janel, we went to a “mixer” (the dreaded… mixer…). What sold me on giving the challenge a shot was hearing the amazing before and after stories from others as they described losing weight, having more energy, and learning to make better healthy choices all at the same time.
The challenge is broken into 2 parts: Cleanse & Max (or Lean). Besides taking certain supplements, you are supposed to minimize fried foods, dairy, alcohol, refined sugars, white starches, bread, crackers, corn, coffee & soda for the first phase, and minimize alcohol, white starches and dairy during the second phase.
These limits meant that I needed to plan meals out, so I created a spreadsheet (of course)! I had to keep things interesting and tasty since the kids and husband would still be eating the same things, so I went back into my stash of recipes to find ones that met the criteria. The recipe below, adapted from Giada de Laurentiis, was one of them!
Salmon Baked in Foil
What You Need:
- 4 (5 ounces each) salmon fillets, skin removed
- 2 teaspoons olive oil plus 2 tablespoons
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 6 tomatoes, chopped, or 1 (28-ounce) can chopped tomatoes, drained
- 1 chopped onion
- 2+ tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
What to Do With It:
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Sprinkle salmon with 2 teaspoons olive oil, salt, and pepper.
- Stir the tomatoes, onions, 2 tablespoons of oil, lemon juice, oregano, thyme, salt and pepper in a medium bowl to blend.
- Make “boats” out of 4 12″ square pieces of foil.
- Spoon half of the tomato mixture evenly on the boats.
- Place a salmon fillet on top.
- Spoon the rest of the mixture on top of the salmon.
- Fold the sides of the foil over the fish and tomato mixture, covering completely; seal the packets closed.
- Place the foil packets on a heavy large baking sheet.
- Bake until the salmon is just cooked through, about 25 minutes.
- Using a large metal spatula, transfer the foil packets to plates and serve.
Enjoy with brown rice for a yummy, healthy, advocare 24-day challenge friendly meal!!