Slim Palate’s Pistachio-Crusted Salmon


Slim Palate's Pistachio-Crusted Salmon by Michelle Tam

Know what you can get with just six ingredients and twenty minutes? A seriously sophisticated supper.

I wish I could take credit for this elegant and deceptively simple salmon dish, but I actually found it in my pal Joshua Weissman’s The Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook. At the ripe old age of 18 (yep—Josh wrote his cookbook before graduating from high school), he’s figured out that no one needs a bunch of fussy ingredients or fancy techniques to create flavorful, crowd-pleasing dishes.

Slim Palate's Pistachio-Crusted Salmon by Michelle Tam

Having tried Josh’s Pistachio-Crusted Salmon, I’ve decided to add it to the regular dinner rotation at our house because:

  1. I want my family to eat more fish.
  2. My kids love salmon, I know I won’t hear any complaints at the dinner table.
  3. always have the other ingredients for this recipe on hand—except for the salmon.

Thankfully, I can order sustainable seafood from Siren Fish Co. (via Good Eggs)—including some fantastic wild king salmon. I tweaked Josh’s recipe slightly to accommodate my one-pound fillet, which I divided into three portions. But don’t worry: the magical flavors and textures of this dish are all Josh.

Here’s what to gather to feed 3 people (or—in our case—2 adults and 2 pint-sized boys):

  • 1 (1-pound) wild king salmon fillet, skin on and pin bones removed
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly-ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon-style mustard (I actually used the whole grain variety)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives or scallions
  • ½ cup shelled salted and dry roasted pistachios, crushed

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holiday in spain

cauliflower rice vegetable paella
cooking time: 20 minutes
servings: 4 - 6

grocery list:
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 small onion, diced
1 small red bell pepper, diced
1 small green bell pepper, diced
1 small fennel, diced
sea salt
1 clove garlic, minced
1 head of cauliflower, riced
8 brussel sprouts, quartered
1 cup mushrooms, oyster work well
1 lemon, juiced
½ cup vegetable broth
¼ cup hot water
1 - 2 pinches saffron
½ tsp smoked paprika
2 pinches cayenne pepper
1 cup frozen peas
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 large jar artichoke hearts in water, drained + quartered
3 green onions (green + white part), sliced
15 green olives, halved
2 tbsp capers
cilantro, for garnish

1. in a paella pan or large skillet, warm coconut oil + add onion, fennel + bell peppers. saute for 5 minutes. season with salt
2. add in garlic, cauliflower, brussel sprouts + mushrooms. salt + saute for 5 minutes
3. steep saffron threads in hot water for 5 minutes
4. stir in saffron liquid, lemon juice, vegetable broth, paprika, cayenne + peas. cook for another 5+ minutes or until majority of liquid has evaporated.
5. add in tomatoes + artichokes + cook for 2 minutes. remove from heat + garnish with green onions, olives, capers + cilantro. salt to taste.

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10 Tips for a Healthy Summer!

Summer is here! Oh em gee. i know I am happy. I think the only thing I dont like about summer is I can’t bake without cranking the A/C. That and I have to go to work. However, when you are enjoying your summer, here are some quick and easy tips for better summer l-i-v-i-n-g.

1. Hydrate.

Obviously you are sweating more…unless you a hermit who never goes outside in the summer. Either way, be sure monitor your H20 intake. Bring along a water bottle (or like me a pint mason jar with lid) and keep it at your workstation, around the house, or in your car. I always ask for a cup of water when I go through Starbucks just so I will HAVE IT. And look cool drinking it out of a Starbucks cup?

Also, if you HATE water — try adding in slices of cucumber or lemon or even ginger. Try Bloglaites Belly Slimming Water Detox Recipe. Its great!

2. Sun Exposure.

So we dont want to get cancer. So we stay out of the sun right? Or wear sunscreen? Well, turns out the active ingredient in most sunscreens can do more harm then good. For more info on all this I’m going to link you to an expert and her take on safe sun exposure as I have not done enough research on the topic.

My take aways though is mineral based sunblock is what you want to look for (think old school zinc oxide sitting on Grandpa’s nose). I personally only stay out in the sun in the later part of the day or less than an hour, but I am dark skinned. And of course, keep an eye on moles and dark spots to see if there are changes.

3. Bug bites!

Its bound to happen. You’re outside on their turf. They want something from you. Ouch! Best way to heal these suckers is either slather on some Coconut Oil and wipe off after about 10 minutes. This will aid with healing and taking out any poison. Also you can make a paste of baking soda and sea salt water to draw out venom. You can also rub fresh basil leaves to the wound to release volatile oils, and aloe can be used to lessen pain. All natural!

Also try Lemon Eucalyptus Natural Insect Repellent too.

4. Get Some Rest.

Now that the sun is setting later and rising earlier it is tough to maybe make bedtime a routine. But even with the changes in the seasons, we have to listen to our circadian rhythms and make sure we are getting enough rest or else your body just wont perform. TRUST ME. Want to lose weight? Want to feel happier? Want to have better work outs? Sleep NO LESS than 8 hours a night. That may look like going to be around 11 and waking up at 7:30. Set your alarm, even if you don’t have to work — still try and sleep and wake around the same time. 

5. Detox.

Summer is a great time to cleanse, cleanse, cleanse. The body loves to sweat. Sweating is one of the ways we release toxins from body. Summer is kind of like natures sauna. Its here to help you relax and feel clean. You don’t necessarily have to go on a detox diet —  but DO SWEAT. Go outside. Move around. Lay in the sun. Go on a boat. Fresh air and nature are some of the best ways to get away from modern chemicals and feel cleansed anew!

6. Eat in Season.

Look at all the wonderful fruits and vegetables that are in season in the summer. Eating is season is what your body wants believe it or not. Our DNA knows what season it is — so maybe eating watermelon is December makes it confused sometimes.

Check out this awesome chart to see what is in season and when. And eat local and seasonal. Notice what happens to your body. 

7. Try Some New Recipes

Now that you’ve got your basket of seasonal fruits and veggies — make something awesome. I know some of my favorites are:

8. Clean Out Your fridge/closet/garage/car…

Summer time always seems to shed some light on what I actually own (like do I still have those pair of flip flops for the pool? etc).  I can see the dust settling on the things I dont really use — if I didn’t use it in the last year; I’m not missing it. TOSS IT OUT. DONATE.

Use safe cleaners around the house. You can pretty much make a whole cleaning kit out of apple cider vinegar, baking soda, lemons, sea salt, and distilled water. Everything from your own febreze to glass cleaner. And this saves a TON of money. Especially if you sell your extra stuff or stop buying commercial toxic products. 

9. Eat outside!

Inside or outside? Outside, thanks! Our food came from nature and eating with it can be very grounding. I’m also a firm believer in resting 20 minutes after a meal (or light walking) to let food rest and digest. Your gut will thank you.

10. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else, unless it helps…

This may seem a little off the radar, but hear me out. Summer time we wear less clothes, see more skin, and maybe we are at the pool checking out other people’s 6 pack or lack of. Either way, don’t let your mind keep your from doing the things you love outside, like the pool or wearing shorts etc.  Don’t let yourself or others say you SHOULD or SHOULDN’T wear clothing you like or feel good in.

And same goes for your body. Love it. Warm it up and cool it down. We are all in our own place and there about 10 people that look like the airbrushed lies we see in ads.

Be good to yourself this summer. Be well. :)


Rebecca Bateson, BA, HHC eatvibrant