How To Prep a Weeknight Dinner in 12 Minutes

2020-10-14T01:12:50+00:00October 14th, 2020|Entrees, Meal Prep, Recipes|

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Meal Prep:

If you don’t know this about me by now, meal prepping is a huge part of my daily lifestyle. Because working a full time job leaves me little time to spend in the kitchen during the week. And so I dedicate a few hours on Sunday and batch cook a variety of meals or side dishes to be able to make quick meals after work. Repurposing leftovers into a variety of meals during the week is my jam.

Air fryer:

One of my favorite kitchen gadgets is my air fryer hands down. I have a ceramic air fryer that I love and use at least 3-4 times a week. I love the air fryer because it allows me to prepare quick meals, leaves items crispy on the outside but nice and soft and juicy in the inside, and it elevates heating up leftovers!

Maple almond crusted air fried salmon:

One of my favorites to make in my air fryer is wild caught salmon. And since I had some autumn roasted vegetables already prepped, thanks to meal prep, I thought this salmon would pair perfectly!

Ingredients you will need:

  1. One 4oz. wild caught salmon filet
  2. Spicy brown mustard (substitute any type of mustard you have)
  3. Maple syrup
  4. Maple almonds (substitute any type of nut/seeds you have on hand)
  5. Salt and pepper to taste
  6. Avocado oil (substitute any type of oil you use)
How to prep salmon:

I add the avocado oil to the salmon filet on both sides, add salt and pepper to top, add the mustard and maple syrup to the top, and coat with the crushed maple almonds. And add to air fryer pan and bake 370 F for 12 minutes.

How to roast vegetables:

I first wash all my produce (including the delicata squash because you can eat the skin). And then I chop it all up, add to a lined baking dish, drizzle the avocado oil, mix with my hands, add the seasonings, mix, and bake 400 F for 30-35 minutes. And if you want a little crisp to them, broil for a few minutes. But keep an eye on them so they don’t burn!

Meal prep ahead of time:

Meal prepping the roasted vegetables ahead of time saves time during the busy work week! Because during the week I just have to reheat and pair it with other items to create a balanced meal. But if meal prepping ahead of time, I would suggest cooking less time to prevent sogginess (about 10 minutes less). And also once they are done let them cool 100% before storing in the refrigerator.

How to reheat?

If meal prepping ahead of time, during the week I like to reheat my roasted vegetables either in my convection oven 400 F for 10 minutes or in my air fryer while the salmon is cooking 370 F for 12 minutes.

Putting it all together:

And then the fun part, putting the balanced meal all together, and enjoying.

 

Air Fried Maple Almond Crusted Salmon

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 1 4 oz wild caught salmon filet
  • 1 tsp avocado oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp spicy brown mustard
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp crushed maple almonds or any type of nut/seed you have

Instructions

  • Instructions:
  • Add oil to salmon filet and coat both sides
  • Sprinkle on salt and pepper to taste
  • Add spicy brown mustard and maple syrup on top of salmon and fully coat the top of the salmon
  • Crush or chop the maple almonds and top salmon
  • Bake 370 F in air fryer for 12 minutes (you can bake in oven too 400 F for 12-15 minutes, time will vary depending how well done you take your salmon.

Autumn Roasted Vegetables:

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup chopped delicata squash
  • 1/2 cup chopped brussels sprouts
  • 1/2 cup chopped mini organic potatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped rainbow carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped rainbow radishes
  • 2 Tbsp Avocado oil or any type of oil you use
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1/4 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Instructions:

  • Chop all your vegetables
  • Add to a lined baking sheet
  • Drizzle the avocado oil all over the vegetables and with your hands mix to make sure all vegetables are coated
  • In a small bowl mix all the seasonings
  • Sprinkle the seasoning all over the vegetables and mix with your hands
  • Bake 400 F for 30-35 minutes (if meal prepping ahead of time do about 10 minutes less)
  • Once done broil for a few minutes (keeping an eye on them) to add a little crisp