Pesto Salmon with Veggies & Sweet Potatoes

Before most races, Jon and I like to eat salmon with a side of sweet potatoes instead of the typical big bowl of pasta. So with the Boston Marathon on Monday, I became Jon’s personal chef for the week, making sure he (and his stomach) got exactly what it needed to run those 26.2 miles.

Fish has to be eaten on fish plates!

Fish has to be eaten on fish plates!

Earlier in the week I made steak tips with sweet potato noodles for dinner and my (favorite) banana oatmeal cookies for Jon to munch on (even on race morning!). Sunday night, a few friends gathered for a quick bite of pesto salmon before heading to bed early for the greatest day of the year.

If time and effort is a reason you stay away from fish, reconsider after trying this recipe!

So colorful!

So colorful!

Pesto Salmon with Veggies and Sweet Potatoes

Serves: 1+ hungry humans | Prep time: 10 minutes; Cook time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 piece of salmon per person (I like 4-5 oz of wild)
  • Pesto
  • Asparagus (5-6 large pieces per person)
  • Cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • Sweet potatoes (1 per person)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Lemon pepper
  • Tin foil

Directions:

  1. Set oven to 375*
  2. Rip a piece of tin foil for every salmon serving (enough to create a pouch)
  3. Place asparagus (if long, break in half) onto baking tin foil sheet, drizzle olive oil on top, place salmon piece on top
  4. Spread pesto on top of salmon, place tomatoes on top
  5. Sprinkle with salt, then fold tin foil into individual pouches
  6. Place in oven for 30 minutes (more or less based on size of salmon; salmon should be flaky (“like a girl from SF” according to my friend Matt) when done)
  7. Peel and cut sweet potatoes into bite sized pieces
  8. Toss with olive oil, salt, and lemon pepper
  9. Spread sweet potatoes onto baking sheet and place into oven when there is 15 minutes left on salmon
  10. Plate, enjoy, and crush your race!
     

This meal is good for: inflammation, DHEAS, creatine kinase, (muscle repair/building), cholesterol, InnerAge

Salmon assembly line

Salmon assembly line