Recipe Review: Salmon & Spinach Pasta

Original recipe from this Nutrition Guide.

Well, this recipe is a little different from the ones I usually do. This time, I’m not trying a recipe I found online. I started working out a few weeks ago and purchased a workout program to help me through it, and it came with a nutrition guide that promised lots of neat recipes. I finally got my guide in and decided to try one of the salmon recipes after a workout one night, because it promised food in 30 minutes and it was already 8 p.m.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups whole wheat pasta (I used veggie pasta)
  • 1 salmon steak (I used 2 salmon fillets)
  • 1-2 tbsp nut oil (I used olive oil, because get real)
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • salt & pepper
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 2 cups baby spinach (I just used regular spinach)

Instructions

Cook the pasta. While the pasta is cooking, cut your salmon into pieces and pan fry with the oil, some lemon juice, and salt and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes, add the diced onion, and cook for another 5-10, until the onions are caramelized and the salmon is done. Add the spinach, let it wilt, and add the pasta to it. Mix and serve!

All in all, it cost me just under $10 to make this recipe, including purchasing the salmon. I’ve got enough salmon left over for another recipe, and plenty of pasta and red onions left, too. I think the hardest part of this “diet” is going to be keeping ingredients fresh.

This was so good. I wasn’t expecting a “healthy” pasta recipe to be this good, but it very much outweighed my expectations. The recipe says it makes 1-2 servings, and I would err on the side of 2 servings. I ate until I was full and had enough left over to take for lunch the next day! It even tasted good warmed up.

However, all of the onions/salmon falls to the bottom of the bowl, so you’re stuck trying to keep it mixed while you eat it. There’s also not nearly enough spinach in here (if you’ve ever cooked spinach, you know it cooks down to almost nothing). When I make it again, I think I’m going to double the spinach I put in it. (I never thought I’d like spinach, but I tried it a few weeks ago and loved it!)

All in all, I think I’d give this recipe a solid 4/5 stars. With a little tweaking (adding more spinach!), I think it could be excellent. It even warms up well the next day, although I’m sure my coworkers don’t appreciate the microwaved fish… (Also, Steven couldn’t give me his opinion on this because he hates fish.)

Pros:

  • super easy to put together
  • a literal 30-minute meal

Cons:

  • salmon is a little pricey
  • if you don’t like fish, you’re outta luck

What do you think? Are you going to try it? Let me know in the comments!

And as always, keep reading.

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