It's been a week of low-carb eating. I went and decided on Monday to start the Chris Kresser 30-Day Paleo reset. Which means just one cup of coffee a day, no dairy. All grains gone. And not too many nuts.
So basically, by Tuesday, I was grumpy and laying in a low-carb catatonic stupor. The BF will confirm this. (Will only the slightest amount of snark, I am sure.)
By Wednesday, the withdrawals had dramatically subsided. I woke up hi-energy and barely hungry. Like, near zero need for cake. Which is a huge improvement over my previous need the day before for all things cake.
So now that I could focus, it was time to hit the Whole Foods. And there, gleaming like lil' rubies in the produce section were these divine tomatoes. Itty bitty and topped with greens. I grabbed two packs of this summer splendor, snagged a stalk of fennel (a stalk? a root? a stem? a bulb?), asked for four filets of salmon, and came home craving paleo-approved meats and things.
Twenty minutes later, this lovely, simple dish emerged from the oven. Light, bright, flavorful. This easy dish is worth adding to any day. But most especially your today.
And while I've written up the recipe as I initially intended to make it, I will admit to adding twice the amount of ghee to my pan. The Kresser reset doesn't hold back on fat intake, so I figured, it was go ghee or go home.
When you're 27 days away from your next slice of cake, you really start to love stuff like ghee. So go for a little extra, if you please.
5-Ingredient Baked Garlic Salmon
Serves 4 | 20 minutes
- 1 stalk fennel, sliced very thin
- 4 salmon filets
- 4 Tbsp ghee, melted
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 Tbsp garlic puree
- 1 pound cherryor grape tomatoes
- salt and pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 400°F.
On a parchment-lined baking sheet, spread sliced fennel across the bottom of the sheet. Top with salmon filets.
Whisk together ghee, olive oil and garlic. Spread half atop salmon. Toss tomatoes in remaining mixture. Plop your tomatoes all over the top of your salmon. Salt and pepper generously.
Bake 16-20 minutes, or until salmon is flaky and cooked through.
Garnish with snipped dill, from the top of the fennel stalks.
Enjoy endlessly, you healthy kitten, you.