I started to post at least a meal a day on my social networks starting earlier this year. I found that by posting and letting you all in on my food/health journey, that it holds me accountable. I'm officially 30 lbs. down from January 1st, but more importantly I feel amazing and I am genuinely happier than before! I credit a huge part of my emotional state to the food that I eat. My personal goal is to be as healthy as I can, and be mindful of what I consistently put in my body.
I'm always real about situations... I don't have the time for thousands of ingredients and New York City head chef standards. If you're like me, you need food that TASTES good and is easy to make if its going to be healthy. Sure, I post my absolute cheat binge-worthy meals too, but during the week I try to stay as clean and healthy as possible and give you all pictures of what that looks like. I've gotten so many messages regarding the recipes behind the meals! My Instagram (lochamberlain) food highlight is filled with many meals I've made up on my own based on my tastebuds and cravings. Some of them were grabbed from Pinterest and other sites. Most are a combination of both. Here is one of this week's meals, recipe included! Feel free to send me feedback on the meals and if its something you can start to incorporate into your week with me. Its kind of like we're having dinner together, but far away! Date night okurrrrrrrrt!
1. Honey Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon (courtesy of One Lovely Life)
I have a difficult time just eating salmon straight up. It has to have some sawwwwwce. Some joooooooj. This recipe has all the yummies in the title: Honey and Brown Sugar? Do I even need to eat the salmon?
I cooked it in bulk with three wild-caught salmon fillets so that I could have some prepared for the next couple days. I paired it with mashed cauliflower (becoming my life) and broccoli, which I'll include below the salmon recipe.
4 (6oz) salmon fillets, thawed if frozen –wild caught
3 Tbsp butter or ghee
2 Tbsp honey
1/4c brown sugar
Juice from 1 lemon
Salt and pepper
Lemon Slices to top
3-4 Tbsp fresh herbs (chives, basil, cilantro, or parsley)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a small saucepan, combine butter/ghee, honey, brown sugar, and lemon juice and cook over medium heat until melted together and smooth. Stir in salt and taste. Adjust lemon juice or salt to taste.
Place salmon on a baking sheet covered with foil. Brush salmon generously with honey glaze. Arrange lemon slices on top and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Bake 10-12 minutes, or until cooked through, spooning the extra glaze on the foil back over the salmon. Sprinkle with fresh herbs, and additional salt and pepper.
*If you cook one large piece (vs. fillets), you’ll need to add at least 5-10 minutes extra cooking time. Check it after 5 minutes and go from there.
I got the pre-made mashed cauliflower from Trader Joe's (picture below) and followed the directions on the back. I added a little ghee for taste.
For the broccoli side, I used the already hot oven. I used the salmon pan for the broccoli and drizzled olive oil and salt/pepper on top. It should be good at around 15 mins.
Add a LaCroix. Peach-pear is my new favorite.