Whether you're looking for an Alkaline Dinner Recipe or just a simple, healthy meal, this salmon with acorn squash & mushrooms is perfect!
This roasted salmon recipe is from our Alkaline Diet meal plan. The alkaline diet is based on the idea that certain foods can produce too much acid in your system, which in excess, can change your body’s pH. By choosing foods that are less acidic, and more basic (or alkaline) your body’s pH may change to benefit your health.
I've developed this salmon with roasted acorn squash and mushrooms specifically as an alkaline dinner recipe, though it's certainly delicious for anyone! When you're following a specific dietary protocol, it's nice to be able to take a break from all of the Googling sometimes and use a recipe designed for your needs.
Furthermore, salmon with roasted vegetables is always a great dish to include in your dinner rotation and you can easily change up the seasoning for a new flavor profile. If you have extra salmon, you can save it and add it to a salad for lunches.
If you’re looking for some help on picking the right cut of fish at the grocery store, check out one of my previous posts about that very subject: 5 Tips for Choosing the Best Quality Fish. (Or, if you want to skip the grocery store altogether, check out Vital Choice Seafood. As someone who lives far from a coast, I love that they send fresh, high quality seafood straight to my door!)
Enjoy and let us know what you think of this mouth-watering dish!
Salmon w/ Roasted Acorn Squash and Mushrooms
- 1 T olive oil
- 1 lb wild caught salmon fillets skin removed
- 8 oz mushrooms
- 1 large acorn squash (or sub butternut squash)
- Preheat even to 375 F.
- Halve, seed and slice the acorn squash into 1/2 inch crescents.
- Toss w/ 1T olive oil + S&P and place in single layer on baking sheet.
- Roast for ~30 minutes, or until tender. Add mushrooms to baking sheet last 15min of cooking time.
- Season salmon with S&P and in the same oven, roast for 18-22 minutes or cooked through and flaky.
What is the nutrition like in this alkaline dinner recipe?
This alkaline dinner recipe makes a nutritious dinner, whether or not you're following an alkaline diet. It's gluten free, paleo and simple enough for any weeknight. Here are a few nutritional benefits from this simple healthy dinner recipe:
Wild Caught Salmon (Omega-3 Fatty Acids, B Vitamins, Potassium, Selenium)
Salmon is particularly high in healthy fats and omega-3 fatty acids. Studies show that omega-3s may help protect against heart disease. Due to its selenium content, salmon is good for your thyroid and bone health. Wild salmon is higher in some nutrients, like potassium, than farmed salmon.
Mushrooms (B Vitamins, Copper, Potassium, Selenium, Antioxidants)
There are of course many kinds of edible mushrooms but the ones you most commonly find in the grocery store are either white button mushrooms or crimini (baby bella) mushrooms. Mushrooms are an excellent source of the antioxidant selenium as well as B-vitamins, copper and potassium.
Acorn Squash (Vitamin A, Vitamin C, B Vitamins, Iron, Potassium, Magnesium, Fiber)
Full of nutrients, acorn squash is an excellent gluten free and alkaline carb choice. It provides a substantial amount of Vitamin C, making it beneficial for the immune system. Acorn squash is also good for digestion, as it has quite a bit of fiber.
Can I meal prep this 4 ingredient dinner?
Yes! While this meal is quite simple, a bit of meal prep will make it easier to serve on a weeknight.
To meal prep, wash your acorn squash, cut it in half and scoop out the seeds. Slice into 1/2 inch crescents. No need to peel! You can either store it in the fridge at this point or go ahead and roast it during meal prep to make this meal come together more quickly on a busy weeknight.
Next, clean your mushrooms with a cloth and slice.
All you'll need to do on the day you plan to serve is roast the salmon and mushrooms. If you've pre-roasted your squash, simply pop it in the oven to reheat while the salmon cooks.
What other sides could I serve with this Alkaline dinner recipe?
I love acorn squash here but if it's not your favorite, or if it's simply not in season, feel free to switch up the sides! While the alkaline diet does have restrictions, it, fortunately, allows most fruits and veggies, giving you plenty of options for healthy side dishes! Especially if you're just getting used to omitting grains, consider including a starchy veggie, like the acorn squash above, to make your dinner more satisfying.
Any of the below would be a delicious alkaline option to serve with this simple salmon:
- Steamed broccoli
- Roasted butternut squash (If you need help chopping butternut squash, check out my quick video on the best way to chop!)
- Baked potatoes
- Sauteed zucchini
- Roasted sweet potatoes
- Sauteed spinach
- Roasted carrots
- Roasted cauliflower
As you can see, you have many choices for side dishes for this alkaline dinner recipe! Because the recipe is so simple, it's easy to mix and match your favorite veggies for healthy sides.
FAQ for Alkaline Diet Recipes
Have questions about the alkaline diet protocol or alkaline diet recipes? Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions:
What should I eat on an alkaline diet?
The alkaline diet emphasizes fruits, vegetables and legumes and limits meat, grains and processed foods.
What can you eat for breakfast on an alkaline diet?
Our alkaline meal plans include breakfasts like a Purple Haze Smoothie with coconut milk, blueberries and chia seeds, Stuffed Sweet Potatoes and a grain-free Banana Bread Granola with berries.
How long should I do an alkaline diet?
There is no set time recommended for the alkaline diet. Work with your doctor or with a registered dietitian to determine the length of time that would be most beneficial to you. Our Prep Dish alkaline meal plans are for 4 weeks.
I want more Alkaline Diet Recipes – Tell Me More About the Alkaline Meal Plan!
The power of habit is strong when it comes to what we eat. This makes switching to a new diet, such as the alkaline diet, difficult, at least for the first few weeks.
When you sit down to plan your weekly meals, it's easy to think of all the foods you can no longer eat, instead of all of the ones you can enjoy.
This is why I created the Prep Dish Alkaline Meal Plans full of healthy alkaline diet recipes! Having a set meal plan to follow while you adjust to eating an alkaline diet makes the transition so much easier. Think of it like training wheels when you're learning to ride a bike.
Our alkaline meal plans include 4 weeks of meal prep meal plans. Each week's meal plan has 4 alkaline dinner recipes, 1 salad, 1 snack, 1 breakfast and 1 dessert. As with all Prep dish meal plans, you'll find detailed prep day instructions, outlining exactly what you need to do to prep healthy meals for the week. Just like in the meal prep instructions above, you'll do things like wash and chop produce, mix spice blends and make sauces and marinades.
Then on dish day, the day you plan to serve, all you need to do is a bit of quick cooking to finish off the meal.
My goal with these meal plans is not just to help you get healthy, tasty meals on the table. I want to take away the mental stress of constantly thinking of what's for dinner, especially when you're trying to follow a special diet like alkaline. You do NOT need to spend your energy searching for alkaline dinner recipes. Let us do that part for you so you can focus on your health.
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