Have you ever been struck by a totally weird thought?
One night for supper, I was eating salmon. Out of nowhere, this crazy thought popped in my head – “Man, this salmon would be good with blueberries.” Salmon with blueberry sauce.
I’m not particularly fond of fish but I’ve really grown to like salmon.
Salmon with blueberry sauce? Fish…with blueberries? Certainly I had lost my mind. But the more I pondered it, the better it sounded. And I wished I had blueberries at that moment because I was making myself crave this strange combination.
I quickly searched the interwebs, certain that I had just come up with something new and exciting…but it’s been done before.
Must be good, right?
There’s lots of different recipes out there, but I like to keep things simple. And THM friendly, of course.
Berries are highly encouraged on the Trim Healthy Mama plan. They are lower in sugar than most fruits and packed full of good nutrition. Blueberries contain antioxidants and are excellent for your brain…and thanks to those healthy omega 3’s, so is salmon. Maybe my brain was crying out for nutrients?
After perusing several salmon with blueberry sauce recipes, I threw together my own version. It’s quick, easy and requires NSI (No Special Ingredients). It can be made to suit any style of Trim Healthy Mama meal…S, E or Fuel Pull. If you’re not following THM, feel free to substitute as needed to suit your tastes.
This blueberry sauce is seriously delightful over a gorgeous salmon filet, all bursting with slightly tart blueberryness and brain-goody-ness.
Oh sweet mercy…
How to eat Salmon with Blueberry Sauce the Trim Healthy Mama way.
If you’re following the Trim Healthy Mama plan, you can eat this salmon with blueberry sauce for any style meal. Here’s some examples of how I like to eat this fabulous fish dish…
- E – style: Make sure you are using wild-caught salmon – farm raised has too much fat. Bake your salmon on parchment paper or a silicone baking mat or use non-stick spray and cook in a skillet. Liberally cover your salmon, if you want, with this blueberry sauce. Serve with a dark, leafy green salad lightly dressed with lemon juice and a baked sweet potato with a teaspoon of butter or a tablespoon of sour cream. If you want to save your added fat grams for an on-plan E friendly salad dressing, substitute fat free Greek yogurt for sour cream, omit the butter of course.
- S – Style: Cook your salmon in coconut oil or butter in a cast iron skillet, grill or bake if desired. Top your salmon with 1/4 cup of blueberry sauce, serve with sauteed asparagus, a dark, leafy green salad liberally dressed with olive oil and lemon juice and a side of Mashed Fotatoes from the new THM Cookbook.
- Fuel Pull – Style: This is a little more tricky, as Fuel Pulls have S carbs and E fats (low in both). Wild-caught salmon, in a 3-4 ounce portion is perfect for a FP. Bake or cook with non-stick spray (like the E style), serve with 1/4 cup blueberry sauce (like S style), and plenty of non-starchy veggies, such as steamed cauliflower and a big serving of Zoodles, made with this handy Troodle from the THM Store. You can still have 1 teaspoon of added fat, so choose wisely how you’d like to use it…a small pat of butter on your Zoodles maybe?
- ¼ cup blueberries, frozen or fresh
- ¼ - ½ cup fat free chicken broth
- Pinch of THM Mineral Salt
- splash of lemon juice, optional
- THM Gentle Sweet, if desired, to taste
- THM Glucomannan, to thicken (optional, but quicker!)
- Ideally, choose wild-caught salmon. If you must use farm-raised salmon, and you're following the Trim Healthy Mama plan, remember that farm-raised is only suitable for S style meals.
- For a Fuel Pull style meal, you want a 3-4 ounce portion only.
- For an E style meal, use only wild-caught salmon.
- Place blueberries, broth and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat
- Cook until reduced and thickened
- OR if using gluccie, bring to a boil and then sprinkle about ⅛-1/4 tsp of gluccie over liquid, whisk vigorously until thickened
- Add lemon juice and stevia if desired, to taste
- Preheat oven to 375 if baking your salmon.
- Bake your salmon on parchment paper or silicone mat for 18-20 minutes, or cook in a skillet sprayed with non-stick spray, until cooked through or to your desired level of doneness.
- Bake or cook your salmon in coconut oil or butter, if desired, until cooked through or to your desired level of doneness.
- For S and FP styles, use ¼ c sauce on your salmon
- For E style, you can use more sauce
- Pour sauce over filet and dig in!
For S, feel free to use a healthy dollop of coconut oil or butter to cook the salmon
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