Friday, June 11, 2010

30 Days Gluten Free Quick & Easy Meals: Day 5 - Christie's Simple Pan Salmon

Welcome to 30 Days Gluten Free Quick & Easy Meals!

Today's post is shared by Christie, a Holistic Health Coach and author of the blog Honoring Health.

Day 5: Christie's Simple Pan Salmon & Swiss Chard.

Hello Ginger Lemon Girl, readers! I am delighted to be here to participate in the 30 days of quick and easy dinners. My name is Christie and I write the blog Honoring Health, a guide your to finding your intuitive wisdom. As a holistic health coach, I mostly write about intuitive eating, emotional eating and holistic health but I also find great pleasure in developing quick, simple and delicious recipes. Through the process of learning to listen to my body, I discovered that I can't tolerate gluten or dairy which changed the way I cook but one thing hasn't changed. I still need dinner on the table in less than 20 minutes!

I'm a big fan of cooking in batches but I also have a philosophy I like to call food made simple. Basically, that means, simple ingredients, less than 20 minutes and very little clean up for the husband. My favorite is simple pan salmon along with a fresh veggie like garlic swiss chard or sweet and spicy green beans.

Pan Salmon
Originally posted by Christie @

For the salmon:

2 4 to 6 oz salmon fillets
2 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper, to taste (I use crushed red pepper but black pepper is good, too)
1 lemon, halved

Preheat a skillet to medium high and season the salmon with salt and pepper. Add the oil to the pan and once it is “shimmering” hot, place each piece of salmon in the pan. Be careful, it will probably pop and scream all over the place. I use a splatter screen to prevent myself from getting burned and from making a mess. Cook the salmon for about 4 minutes of each side, 5 minutes if the salmon is super thick, until it is golden brown and cooked through to your liking. remove the salmon from the pan and squeeze each piece with the juice of half a lemon. Serve hot with a simple side dish such a my garlic swiss chard.

Garlic Swiss Chard
Originally posted by Christie @

For the swiss chard:
Serves 2

1 large bunch swiss chard, washed, woody stems removed and chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
2 small garlic cloves (only on one if you use non-organic, organic tends to be very small)
1 tbsp minced onion (dried or fresh)
dash nutmeg
crushed red pepper, salt and pepper to taste
apple cider vinegar (optional)

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil until shimmering. Add in the swiss chard, the garlic and the onion and toss in the oil to coat well. Stir fry the swiss chard until it begins to wilt and then season with the nutmeg, crushed red pepper, salt and pepper. Continue stirring until the swiss chard is bright green and tender. Drizzle with apple cider vinegar and serve piping hot.

This simple meal pairs well with any grain such as quinoa or coconut brown rice you may have already in advance. Then, finish it off with a bowl of chocolate coconut milk ice cream and you have a delicious, gluten free, dairy free meal in less than 20!


About Christie:
From, "I am a thirty something yogi living in Virginia with my husband, Mike, and our wacky cats, K.C., Georgy and Caddie. I work full time and am currently training to become a Certified Holistic Health Coach. I believe in a no holds barred approach to blogging (and to life!) and hope that you will find Honoring Health to be unique and inspiring."
Many thanks to Christie for sharing her healthy & refreshing recipes with us!


Stay tuned for Day 6 of 30 Days Gluten Free Quick & Easy Meals! Tomorrow Nicola of will be sharing a really quick and fun recipe using ground turkey!

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