This super low calorie (only 265 calories – with sauce!) main dish is a great way to get your omega 3’s and a healthy dose of protein at the same time! Our macro breakdown for this is 22 grams of protein, but only 1.3 grams of carbohydrates – only .3 grams of sugar, and the fat percentage is 25% of your daily needs (19.8g), but only 1.8 grams of that is saturated fat. To kick it all in the butt, this soon to be favorite is also very low sodium with only 13 mg (or 5% of your daily allowance)! Pair it with a cup of broccoli on the side for 53 more calories, or a half cup of cooked rice for 121 calories more and you’ve got a complete – and VERY low calorie meal.
Chimichurri is a traditional Argentinian sauce that has a refreshing flavor that pairs well with salmon. If you like spicy, feel free to add in more red pepper flakes, or even dice in a half of a jalapeño pepper if you really want to kick it up a notch (with our without seeds – you do you!) A pepper only adds around 4 calories to the entire batch, so it’s really a negligible add-in – nutritionally speaking. This is a sauce that is pretty simple to adjust to your taste as you make it since everything simply gets added to the blender all at once.
4 oz salmon fillets (as many as you want to prepare)
Salt and pepper to taste
Serving Size: 1/4 cup
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves and tender stems
1 cup fresh parsley leaves and tender stems
2 green onions (tops only)
2 garlic cloves
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (alternatively 1/2 jalapeño pepper)
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Several grinds black pepper
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
While the over preheats, prepare the chimichurri sauce. Cut off and discard the white parts of the green onions. Place all of the remaining ingredients into a blender and blend ingredients into a smooth sauce.
Season the salmon fillets with salt and pepper to taste and place in the oven for 20 minutes – or per package directions if using frozen salmon filets.
When the salmon is cooked, plate and top with 1/4 cup of the chimichurri sauce. Enjoy!