Pistachio Crusted Salmon with Glazed Carrots is a healthy baked salmon recipe that’s super easy to make and packed with superfoods and healthy Omega fats. Switch up your holiday dinner with fish and serve this baked salmon sheet pan dinner! Gluten and grain free, dairy free, low carb and paleo friendly.
This is a story (and a recipe) about how 10 years ago I changed up our holiday meal! Just kidding. But have you ever wanted to switch up your holiday meal? I mean, I love turkey on Thanksgiving just as much as anyone. If, for no other reason, than to be able to make leftover turkey recipes. But sometimes my taste buds crave something different. Something lighter and flavor packed.
Not to mention, roasting a turkey with all of the trimmings causes a LOT of dirty dishes, ya’ll. Since nobody has quite figured out how to make dirty dishes magically scrub themselves clean, we need an easy alternative. Hence, a new tradition – a holiday dinner with fish and “chips” aka carrots, ALL ON ONE PAN!
Because you see, when you marry a foreigner (aka my kiwi husband), turkey and pumpkin pie are no longer as important. And you know what?? Sometimes CHANGE IS GOOD! Creating new traditions are good for the soul! Yep, I’m giving you 10293890 reasons why this pistachio crusted salmon and glazed carrots might just be a new favorite holiday meal, or ANY one pan meal for that matter.
Let’s discuss… mmmm k?
Pistachio Crusted Salmon with Glazed Carrots
Pistachio Crusted Salmon with Glazed Carrots is EASY to make for entertaining, all baking up on one pan (thank you very much). Plus, it’s a great way for kids to try out fish, and it’s HEALTHY!
Nutrition in Salmon
Push the delicious taste of salmon aside for a minute. The nutrition alone in the Pistachio Crusted Salmon with Glazed Carrots makes it a clear winner over holiday meals like roasted chicken, turkey or beef stew.
But hey, don’t take my word for it. Just take a look at the facts and see for yourself!
Benefits of Eating Salmon
Cooked salmon, especially when it’s baked, is:
- Rich in tryptophan, so it’s a serotonin booster. That means it’s a “make us feel good” fish!
- Packed with DHA and EPA omega-3 fats.
- It also helps us to balance cholesterol and maintain a healthy blood pressure.
Pistachio Crusted Salmon will stabilize your mood and lower your blood pressure, which will probably help to prevent arguments and family drama at the dinner table. Win-win!
Oh, the pistachios and carrots in this sheet pan dinner shouldn’t be overlooked either. Which, obviously, is why I included them in the recipe. I’m smart like that.
Health Benefits of Pistachios
- Very good source of fiber and plant protein
- Packed with B vitamins
- Rich in iron
- Like the salmon, pistachios are heart healthy, too!
Carrots, when combined with a healthy fat like salmon, olive oil or nuts, help you absorb a vast amount of Vitamin A. Those delicious glazed carrots are an eyesight booster, ya’ll!
So eat those veggies with the Pistachio Crusted Salmon. Your bod will thank you! Now that’s something you never thought you’d hear about a holiday meal, right? Haha!
Have you ever broken from the norm with holiday meals? When we lived in Hawaii, I had mushy pasta for Christmas Eve dinner. Let’s just say that was my first time cooking a gluten free meal and it will never be relived. Haha!
From now on, it will be pistachio crusted salmon!
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