This Maple-Pecan Salmon Delight makes for a perfectly delicious,quick, and healthy meal.

This Maple-Pecan Salmon Delight makes for a perfectly delicious,quick, and healthy meal.

“Being an Alaskan-born kid, I love salmon! I like the salmon my dad prepares,
but decided to break out and take it to the next level,” explains Michael. “So,
I decided to combine some of the ingredients from foods I enjoy to create an
original recipe. I also have a friend who is gluten-intolerant, so I made this
recipe gluten-free. I would include a mandarin orange, steamed asparagus,
and a glass of skim milk to complete the meal.”

Maple-Pecan Salmon Delight

Ingredients

    For the Salmon:
  • 1 pound wild Alaskan salmon
  • ½ lemon
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans
  • For the Quinoa:
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup peas

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Place the salmon in a baking dish skin-side down.
  2. Squeeze the lemon juice onto the salmon. In a small bowl, mix together garlic,
  3. ginger, maple syrup, and soy sauce. Pour the mixture over the salmon. Marinate
  4. in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.
  5. While salmon is marinating, prepare the quinoa: In a small saucepan, boil 2 cups
  6. of water over high heat. Add the quinoa, carrots, and peas and reduce the heat
  7. to low, and cover. Cook for 15 minutes or until quinoa and carrots are tender.
  8. Sprinkle pecans over the salmon and bake uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes or
  9. until its golden and flaky towards the edges.
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Recipe and Photo: The 2014 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Cookbook

This Maple-Pecan Salmon Delight makes for a perfectly delicious,quick, and healthy meal.