Easy Weeknight Salmon

I wouldn’t say I “love” a lot of fish. I eat a lot of it, but I’m more or less indifferent to it. Salmon is a different story. When it’s fresh, it’s amazingly rich and light all at the same time. All I will say, it makes ALL the difference buying salmon fresh from a seafood counter rather than off the frozen aisle. I particularly love the fresh salmon filets at Costco – they’re always fresh, and they go the extra mile by taking the skin off. Plus, there’s the added Costco benefit of knowing that you’re getting the best price.

I paired this lovely salmon flank with creamless “creamy” veggies. You will be so surprised at how decadent they taste without even an OUNCE of milk.

salmon and veg

Pesto Roasted Salmon with Creamy Veggies

  • 1 heaping Tsp prepared pesto
  • Salmon (can be filets, or a whole large plank)
  • Old Bay seasoning
  • 6 wedges of Laughing Cow garlic herb cheese
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/2- 1 tsp zanthan gum
  • Veggies of choice (I used 1 1/2 zucchini, some leftover broccoli florets, and 1 1/2 bunches radishes)

Preheat oven to 350. Lay salmon onto a large baking sheet, sprinkle with Old Bay, salt and pepper, then spread pesto over the top. Bake for about 15 – 20mins. In a deep skillet, add LC cheese, water and parmesan and heat on medium. The cheese breaks down when the water heats up, at a light boil it melts completely. Add salt and pepper to the cheese, and sprinkle in zanthan gum (you MUST whisk it, otherwise it will clump). Whisk until desired consistency is reached, and add veggies (I cooked the fresh ones slightly, for 4 minutes in the microwave), salt and pepper to taste.

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