It’s nice to have a few tricks up your sleeve….

when it comes to making a happy, healthy and hot meal.

salmon eliz

One of my latest is Primal Kitchen Honey Mustard Avocado Oil Vinaigrette.

Not only is it amazing for you, it can really perk up a simple meal.

Here’s what I made last night…

Sockeye salmon marinated in the vinaigrette, baked sweet potatoes, and spinach.  So simple but really tasty.

salmon plate

Wild salmon is so good for you...loaded with protein and omega 3’s, both of which are awesome for your skin.  Please buy wild caught salmon whenever you can.  Here’s a post I wrote explaining why:

We were waiting for our toes to dry…

I used frozen Alaskan sockeye from Target (which is great to have on hand!)  After it thawed I placed it in a baking dish, drenched it in the honey mustard vinaigrette, and let it sit in the fridge for a few hours.  Then I placed it in a broiler pan and broiled till it was done (about 10 minutes).

Sweet potatoes are rich in beta-carotene, which our bodies convert to vitamin A.  It is important to consume some healthy fat which makes that conversion easier.  They are also rich in antioxidants.  I baked mine at 375 degrees until they were very soft and smelled delicious.  They were big potatoes and took over an hour.

I topped the sweet potatoes with a little Kerrygold butter.  Seriously the best butter you will ever taste.  It is made with cream from pastured cows, and contains higher levels vitamin K2 and CLA than conventional butter.

You know I love to include leafy greens anywhere I can.  Spinach is a favorite because it is so quick and easy, and loaded with vitamin K, beta carotene, magnesium and iron, as well as a decent amount of vitamin C.  I cooked it in Kasandrinos Olive Oil until it wilted, sprinkled it with a little pink Himalayan salt and called it a day.

A few words about the Primal Kitchen Honey Mustard Vinaigrette…yes, it is pricier than something you would buy at the grocery store.  But it tastes amazing and is made with the best ingredients.  Avocado oil is loaded with benefits, unlike the crappy, highly processed oils used in the dressings on the shelves of your local grocery store.

If you love the vinaigrette (or other Primal Kitchen Foods) as much as I do, there are two ways you can save money.

You can join Thrive Market and save big bucks on not just Primal Kitchen products, but many other happy, healthy and hot essentials.  Thrive is like an online hybrid of Costco and Whole Foods.  Your first month of membership is free, so you can make sure that you love it!

Primal Kitchen offers a subscribe and save on their products.  If you have them shipped monthly, shipping is free and you save at least 15%.

So, can a meal like this help you feel happy, healthy and hot?  Of course it can!

You will be happy whipping up such an easy, tasty meal.  It is a great balance of protein, healthy fats, complex carbs and tons of micronutrients to support your health.  And those same nutrients are giving you gorgeous, glowing skin and a healthy body…very hot!


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8 thoughts on “It’s nice to have a few tricks up your sleeve….

  1. Hey great post! Do you have starchy carbs every day? I am really playing with this and find that my workouts are weak when I go low carb but that I gain weight when I add starchy carbs like butternut squash, pumpkin, sweets pots in. Whats a girl to do?! What do you do?! xo


  2. Hey Christian! Great question! No, I don’t eat starchy carbs every day. But I’ve been really active lately…not so much working out, just on my feet and moving a lot, and I’ve been genuinely hungry. I find I feel best having something like sweet potato for dinner rather than earlier in the day. But after having a big hunk of sweet potato last night, I didn’t want any tonight. I don’t really follow any type of schedule…just try to listen to my body and balance things out. And sweet potatoes are def my carb of choice…soooooo good when they are baked till they are sweet and gooey!


  3. Oh, my kind of dinner. I often buy frozen, wild salmon – so easy and delicious. We often have baked or grilled (broiled) fish with various toppings. This week we have had sockeye salmon with garlic and herbs from the garden (plus roast veg), and then trout with a flaxseed “breadcrumb” and cheese topping with spinach and avocado salad.

    I like the way you listen to your body about carbs. Too much for me and I feel heavy, too little and I feel a bit faint. I think it might be different for different individuals.


  4. Oh Tanya your trout sounds amazing! I love trout but rarely think to make it no tend to do tons of salmon and also some cod from time to time. And I totally agree with you that the whole carb thing is different for different people. I even feel it’s different for me at different times…depending on activity level I think n


  5. We started buying trout as my 10 yr old really loves it. Also, I grew up where there was a lot of trout and salmon fishing (Hampshire, UK) so it’s something I ate as a child. In a drive to eat and cook more fish, I have instigated fish nights: Monday, Wednesday, Friday. So we have it at least 3 times a week.


  6. That is such a great idea to have “fish night”…thanks Tanya! I definitely believe in building routines that support healthy habits, and that is a good one! And of course there are always those sardines to fall back on for lunch!


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