Pesto & Almond Crusted Salmon

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If you weren’t aware, today is National Almond Day so of course I had to make this dinner. My Dad is in the almond business so I am definitely a frequent almond eater and I love them! I always have a box or two in my pantry and they always seize to make the perfect snack. Not to mention all of there amazing health benefits! This recipe is out of this world and is so simple to make even though it looks fancy. I topped my salmon on a bed of fresh spinach and it goes well with just about any salad. Have fun and make your own fancy dinner at home, ┬áto be honest I feel like making fancy or gourmet food can seem a little intimidating but I can promise you its not! Try this recipe and you will be amazed!

Yield: 2

Ingredients:
3 wild salmon fillets (6-7 ounces each)
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup Pesto (see my recipe to make it from scratch, don’t worry its easy!)
1/2 cup coarse chopped roasted almonds
1 fresh lemon

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a baking dish, sprinkle salmon fillets with olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Make sure the skin is faced down.

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2. Place salmon in oven for 10 minutes. Then take salmon out and spread pesto on with a spoon. Top with coarse chopped almonds and bake for another 15 minutes. Once done top with freshly squeezed lemon juice and enjoy this simply hearty and healthy meal!image

Peanut Butter & Honey Energy Bites

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If you like oatmeal raisin and peanut butter cookie dough, you will love these! Plus, they are healthy for you and packed with protein. My go-to snack during the mid-day if I need some energy before I workout or if I have a sweet tooth is usually granola bars but I think I found my new snack. These no-bake bites only take minutes to make!

Yield: 4 (my recipe only makes 10 bite size balls so you might want to double the recipe)

Ingredients:
1/2 cup oatmeal
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup roasted cinnamon almonds; crushed
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup ground flax seeds

Steps:
1. Mix all ingredients in a medium sized bowl. With a mini ice-cream scooper,scoop dough and roll into golf ball shapes. Place on a plate and refrigerate for 15 minutes until they are firm. They are great for a grab and go snack if your on the run at work!

White Chocolate Roasted Almond Cookies

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Yield: 3 dozen

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup butter; room temperature
3//4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup coarsley chopped roasted almonds

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 35o degrees F. In a mediunm bowl, mix flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In another medium sized bowl, mix butter, sugars, egg, and vanilla until well combined with a mixer. Once combined, add flour mixture and mix until dough starts to form.

2. Sprinkle in chocolate chips and almonds and mix with hands (so you don’t over mix).

3. In a greased cookie sheet, form dough into dough balls and place 1 inch apart on sheet. Press each dough ball with 2 fingers to spread dough out. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.