Healthy fats anyone? I have really been loving salmon recipes lately. I seem to crave it weekly. Unfortunately, unless I can find delicious ways to dress it up, my family has a hard time eating it that often. Today’s recipe was inspired by my recent salmon cravings and a combination of guilty-ish pleasures from the Chilli’s menu.
Yes, you read that right, Chilli’s, as in the American restaurant chain. *GASP* a nutritionist eats Chilli’s? Yes. Yes, I do. Actually, it’s one of my husbands favorite restaurants because he loves their ribs and smoke house combos. I’m still undecided.
Personally, I have a hard time finding items on their menu that really sound delicious and 100% satisfying. Hence today’s recipe! When we do decide to eat out, I’m always trying to make health conscious choices. Most restaurants have a “skinny” or “guiltless” menu featuring lower calorie choices. Sadly, Chilli’s menu has a few options with some really great ingredients but, for me, not one single option with ALL the great ingredients.
Guys, I promise this is not a sponsored post. Ha! It’s just the result of my deep desire to have all the things I love in one dish. I took inspiration from three of their guiltless menu items and picked out my favorite ingredients, like salmon! If you’re not a fan of salmon, you could make the Mango Avocado salsa and put it on chicken, turkey or even a lighter white fish such as cod.
The nutrition inspiration behind this recipes is all the healthy fats. Salmon is low is saturated fat (the bad kind) and high in essential omega-3 fatty acids (the good kind). Plus, you have the added benefit of avocado which contains healthy monounsaturated fat (more of the good kind).
Remember healthy eating is about making foods that YOU LIKE that are also healthy. While inspiration can come from anywhere, it’s always important to make a food your own by customizing it to your flavor palette.
If you give this recipe a whirl, be sure to share you experiences in the comments below. Who else feels me on the restaurant menus? They’re never perfect!
Preparing the Salmon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
mix the juice of half a lime with 2 tbsp chopped cilantro and 2 tbsp olive oil
Pour mixture over salmon and spread evenly
Bake for 30-35 minutes or until salmon is flaky
Preparing the Salsa
Wash and dry all produce
Peel and chop onion, avocado, cilantro and bell pepper.
Combine in a bowl with remaining cilantro and lime juice.
Prepare to Serve
When salmon is full cooked, remove from the oven and plate. Top with Salsa and serve immediately.
Priscilla is Dallas/Ft. Worth based nutritionist and blogger.