Do you meal prep on the weekends? Some months I will religiously prep food for work meals and make homemade snacks, other months (especially summer) I try to avoid long stints in the kitchen. Honestly, I find that meal prepping can lead to too much food, creating unnecessary food waste. The one meal I usually try and prep for no matter the time of year, is work lunches. I find that if I don’t prepare my lunch protein on the weekend, I find myself stressing out when packing my lunch and planning my day. My favorite thing to prepare for my lunch is salmon.
Salmon takes less than 20 minutes to roast in the oven, and keeps well in the fridge for the whole week — much better than chicken, IMO. Salmon is also an incredibly versatile protein, going well on it’s own with sides or makes a great topping for salads or filling for tacos. Additionally, salmon can be seasoned to go with any style of cuisine or fare.
Today’s recipe is my favorite simple way to roast salmon. I love to experiment with added flavors, but even when doing so, this tends to be the base for how I prepare the fish for cooking. For this recipe you can use fresh filets or thawed out frozen filets. When buying frozen, make sure there are not any unnecessary additives (many cheaper brands will have some preservatives added). Fish people and the Simply Balanced brand from Target are usually reliable and affordable options! I used organic garlic powder to season the fish this time, but minced garlic (fresh or jarred) works just as well! So, are you ready to elevate those work lunches and weeknight dinners? I sure hope so!
My current thoughts on meal prep:
Like I said above, I go through phases with meal prep. I’ve been the person who plans out five recipes and makes them all in a row, and I’ve been the person who says “eh I’ll figure it out day of.” For myself, its best to exist somewhere in the middle. Meal prep is meant to remove stress from our lives, not create more. Just because everyone you follow on instagram meal preps, does not mean you have to. If making food on the fly works for you and your schedule, do your thang! If it relieves your busy work days to have your lunches made ahead of time, then prep away! Just be cognizant of creating food waste — an issue I had when meal prepping too much food at once. Alright, friends, enough chatter from me! Keep scrolling for the goods – and be sure to pin for future use!
Easy Lemon Garlic Roasted Salmon
The most simple way to prep salmon for easy weeknight dinners or for work week lunches.
- 1 lb wild-caught salmon
- 1 tbsp avocado oil
- 1 tsp garlic powder organic
- 1/2 tsp pink Himalayan sea salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 lemon sliced
- 1 dash paprika
Preheat oven to 375º.
Arrange salmon filets on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Drizzle the filets with avocado oil and sprinkle with garlic powder, paprika black pepper, and salt.
Place the lemon slices on top of the filets.
Bake the salmon in the oven for 15 minutes.
Serve immediately or store in the fridge and use for meals for up to 5 days.