so, we’re taking a break from my beloved lemony basil pesto for a minute (though honestly, it would probably be delicious here too…) but we’re still very much in sheet pan dinner mode. if something is easy, healthy, and delicious, i see no reason to change pans just so that my stockpot won’t feel lonely.
today it’s all about sheet pan salmon and cauliflower with spice rub. the simple spice rub is all we need to have a flavorful dinner on the table in 35 minutes. and when i say simple, i do mean it: this spice rub has just 3 ingredients (7 ingredients for the entire recipe, including the olive oil!).
in other words, this recipe couldn’t be much easier. chop the cauliflower into florets, combine a few pantry staple spices, sprinkle over the fish and vegetable. stick the pan in the oven, aaaand congratulate yourself on being done making dinner.
while you certainly could top this all off with some kind of sauce when it comes out of the oven (looking at you, lemony basil pesto!), you certainly don’t need to. the rosemary and smoked paprika contribute a lot of flavor without being overwhelming.
as far as leftovers go, as long as i eat the salmon the next day (or maximum the day after that, just because i’m still a little bit skittish around fish), the salmon and cauliflower make for a great start to a clean-out-the-fridge buddha bowl. protein and healthy fat plus veggies? i’m in!
especially if we get to top the whole thing with a spoonful of lemony basil pesto (i’ll stop soon, i promise. i mean, i won’t stop putting the pesto on all of my food, but i will mention it fewer than 3 times per post at some point in the near future. probably.)
alright, that’s what i have for you regarding sheet pan salmon and cauliflower with spice rub. easy, healthy, delicious, done.
ps – do yourself a favor and learn from my mistake: don’t use a silpat mat to cook fish. um, obviously. (mine still smells like fish…)
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