Sheet Pan Dinner: Salmon with Squash and Asparagus

Salmon has become our regular Wednesday dinner. My mother in-law, who eats with us every Wednesday evening, loves salmon, so I like making it for her. But I can’t make the same recipe every week–and I wouldn’t ever want to anyway! So I’m always on the lookout for new ideas.

This one came to my table courtesy of The Dinner Shift, and I’m passing it along to yours! One pan, beautiful fresh salmon, and fresh vegetables that transition from winter (butternut squash) to spring (asparagus). 35-45 minutes total, too, which makes it extra perfect for a weeknight. Here you go.

WHAT YOU NEED
* 4 6oz salmon filets
* 1.5-2lb butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cubed
* 1lb asparagus, trimmed
* olive oil
* salt
* 2T maple syrup
* 2T grainy dijon mustard
* 1/2T balsamic vinegar

WHAT TO DO

Preheat the oven to 425F. Spread the squash pieces onto a sheet pan and drizzle with a few tablespoons of olive oil, and season with salt. Roast for 20 minutes.

While that’s in the oven, combine the maple syrup, mustard, and balsamic in a bowl, and cover the salmon with it. Toss the asparagus with some olive oil and salt as well.

After 20 minutes, take the pan out of the oven and slide the squash over to one side. Add the salmon and asparagus, brush on the remaining maple/mustard mixture over the salmon, and return the pan to the oven for about 15 minutes, until the salmon is cooked through.

Clean Plate Club, here we all come! No, seriously. Don’t expect leftovers.

Sheet Pan Garlic Salmon with Brussels Sprouts (and Broccoli)

The “work” part of my “work-dinner-family” trifecta has been crazy busy lately. We’re heading into a large conference, which just makes it normal work crazy times 500 (at least). So to maintain a semblance of balance in busy times, my solution is to really amp up my meal planning focus on quick and easy. Fish tends to be an easy and quick meal anyway, but pair it with one-pan magic? DING! DING! I planned to pair this garlicky salmon with just Brussels sprouts, but kiddo isn’t (YET) a b. sprouts fan, so I added a head of broccoli that I knew she would eat. After a long and tiring day, a fresh and bold simple meal was just what I needed–and my family loved it too! No leftovers! Here you go.

WHAT YOU NEED
* 1.5lbs brussels sprouts, ends trimmed
* 1 head of broccoli, broken down into florets (optional)
* 4T olive oil, divided
* 1t salt, divided
* 1/4t fresh ground black pepper
* 4 6oz portions salmon, skin removed
* 4t minced garlic cloves
* 1T dried oregano

WHAT TO DO
Preheat the oven to 450F. Spray a rimmed baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

Put your Brussels sprouts (and broccoli, if you’re using it) in a large bowl, add 3 tablespoons of olive oil, 1/2 a teaspoon of salt, and the black pepper, and mix until the veggies are well coated. Pour them onto the baking sheet in a single layer and bake for 15 minutes.

While that’s cooking, drizzle the remaining tablespoon of oil over the salmon. Spread the minced garlic evenly over the fillets, and then season evenly with oregano and the remaining 1/2-teaspoon of salt.

After 15 minutes, remove the baking sheet from the oven. Move the sprouts (and broccoli) to the edge, making room for the salmon. Place the salmon on the pan and bake for 12 minutes, until the fish is cooked through.

Scallop Tacos with Smashed Avocado Salad

How fancy does that title sound?? Would you believe this is a 15-minute dinner? Maybe 20? SERIOUSLY. And so easy. And holy moly my best Taco Tuesday yet! (Not to pat myself on the back or anything… oops!)

Scallops are a special treat, but since they’re also a fan favorite in this house, I decided we were due. And you are too! Scallops sound and look and feel like a fancy-schmancy meal, but they’re so simple and you just have to try these tacos. Here you go.

WHAT YOU NEED
* 1lb bay scallops (the little ones)
* 2T olive oil, divided
* 1/2t freshly ground black pepper
* 1t Kosher salt, divided
* 1C frozen sweet corn kernels
* 4 green onions, chopped
* 1 ripe avocado
* crumbled feta cheese
* fresh cilantro, chopped
* fresh lime
* corn tortillas
* 1 whole, ripe avocado

WHAT TO DO
Place the scallops in a bowl with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, the black pepper, and 1/2 a teaspoon of Kosher salt. Carefully mix until the scallops are well-coated.

In a saute pan over medium heat, heat a tablespoon of olive oil and cook the corn and green onions, and 1/2 a teaspoon of Kosher salt until the corn and inions become slightly charred. Remove from heat.

Cut the avocado in half and use your hands to squeeze/smash the flesh into a bowl. Add the charred corn and green onions. Add some crumbled salty feta (as much as it looks like your salad needs). Squeeze some fresh lime over the bowl, and mix well.

Heat a nonstick pan over high heat. Add the scallops and cook about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes per side, getting a good sear on ’em. Remove from heat.

Spread the avocado salad onto a warm tortilla, add 3 or 4 scallops on top, sprinkle with chopped cilantro. Serve with a squeeze of fresh lime. BOOM!

Not My Recipe: Will Cook for Smiles’ Avocado Salmon Rice Bowls

Tonight’s Not My Recipe recipe is from a blog I stumbled on when randomly searching for salmon recipe ideas. Will Cook for Smiles’ Avocado Salmon Rice Bowls was the answer. I basically won’t ever search for new salmon recipes again because this is DELECTABLE PERFECTION. And not only is the salmon itself divine, but the other two components–the rice and the avocado salad topping–stand on their own in deliciousness.

This is not my recipe, but man do I wish it were.