Pesto Salmon & Spaghetti Squash

  • INGREDIENTS:
    • 1 fillet of salmon
    • Pesto (I am lazy and always buy pre-made)
    • 1 spaghetti squash
    • Salt & pepper
    • Olive oil
    • OPTIONAL: spinach, cherry tomatoes
  • DIRECTIONS:
    1. Poke a bunch of holes in your spaghetti squash – put holes around the entire squash
    2. Place in microwave for 5 minutes, then, flip it over on the other side and microwave for 5 more minutes
    3. After the 10 minutes in the microwave, take it out of the microwave, and let sit on the counter for 10 minutes
    4. Pat your salmon dry, and season with salt and pepper
    5. Warm up olive oil in a pan, and place salmon fillet skin side down. Cook for about 4 minutes until skin is crispy, and then flip and cook for additional 4 minutes. Your salmon will be done when it is flaky and easily pulled apart with a fork!
    6. Next, cut your spaghetti squash in half (I cut lengthwise). Use a spoon to take out the center area of seeds and mushy stuff and throw away. Once cleaned out, take a fork and rake along the squash interior. You should get spaghetti-like squash noodles! Season with salt, pepper, and pesto.
    7. OPTIONAL: While you are cooking your salmon, you can sauté spinach and tomatoes to go into your spaghetti squash. If you want to do this, warm up a tablespoon of oil and sauté the tomatoes and spinach until the spinach is wilted, and then mix in to the squash!
    8. Enjoy!
  • TIPS: Your squash is going to be very hot when you take it out of the microwave! Remove with a hot pad, and put it directly on a cutting board. Also, if you don’t poke a bunch of holes into the squash, your squash can explode- so don’t be bashful when poking your holes! Also, 1/2 of a squash is a typical serving size for me for a meal.
  • Pros: I love this meal. It is full of great healthy fats from the salmon and pesto. Spaghetti squash is delicious and a great alternative to pasta!
  • Cons: After a few days, spaghetti squash gets mushy, so this meal is best eaten same day, or for the next day if you are trying to meal prep.

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