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Asian Salmon Quinoa Bowl

Full Disclosure:  I received a free sample of Kikkoman soy sauce mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Kikkoman and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

Why does soy sauce get such a bad rap?  Perhaps it really isn’t that bad for you.  Perhaps…now bear with me here, perhaps it’s actually a healthier option!  Say what.

Asian Salmon Quinoa Bowl

You heard me.  Could soy sauce really be…healthy?  I’m here to blow your minds and tell you, yes actually, it can be!  Hear me out here.  Consider this:  Swapping 1/2 tsp of Kikkoman Soy Sauce for 1/2 tsp table salt actually reduces your sodium intake by 1,000 mg!

Asian Salmon Quinoa Bowl

In other words, using Kikkoman Soy Sauce in recipes in place of salt can reduce the amount of sodium in your favorite recipes.  Not only that, but soy sauce offers a flavor like no other.  That savory, salty flavor we all love in soy sauce is called umami, which enhances the palatability of foods.

Asian Salmon Quinoa Bowl

Finally, we’ve found a way to reduce sodium intake without sacrificing flavor.  If you ask me, we’re actually reducing sodium while enhancing the flavor.  Win-win, baby!

Asian Salmon Quinoa Bowl

Asian Salmon Buddha Bowl

Ingredients

  • 2 3-4 oz salmon fillets
  • 1/2 cup edamame
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup purple cabbage
  • 1 cup snow peas
  • 1/2 cup matchstick carrots
  • 2 T. Kikkoman Less Sodium Soy Sauce
  • 2 t. pure maple syrup
  • 2 t. ginger paste
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 T. sesame seeds
  • 2 T. chopped scallions (for garnish)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with a non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the Kikkoman soy sauce, maple syrup, ginger, and garlic. Pour half of the mixture in a ziplock bag large enough to hold the salmon fillets. Add the salmon fillets and allow the fillets to marinate in the mixture for 30 minutes in the refrigerator. Heat the other half of the marinade in a small pot over low heat.
  3. Place the salmon on the baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until the salmon is cooked through.
  4. While the salmon is baking, steam the snow peas in a covered pan with a little bit of water.
  5. Heat the quinoa (if not already warm from cooking it) and divide the quinoa between two bowls. Add half of the purple cabbage, edamame, carrots, and snow peas to each bowl.
  6. When the salmon is done, place the salmon fillets on top.
  7. Drizzle the leftover soy sauce marinade over each of the bowls.
  8. Top each bowl with 1 T. of sesame seeds and 1 T. scallions.
  9. Serve and enjoy!
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Do yourself a flavor…I mean favor…and make this recipe!  In fact, make a few batches because I guarantee you, you’re going to want it again and again and again!

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I’m also linking up with Ann Marie at FitFoodieMama, Esther at Chocolate Runner Girl, and Farrah at FairyBurger for their Foodie Friday linkup!

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What I Ate Wednesday on the Tone It Up Nutrition Plan

I’d consider myself a nutrition expert.  I’m not going to be shy about it.  I do know a lot.  I do a lot of research and self-teaching. I’m a nutrition coach and you’ll hear me talk nutrition on my blog too.   Yet, I’m following a pre-made nutrition plan?  Whaaaa…?

I know, you’re probably a little confused.  So here’s why I am currently following the Tone It Up’s nutrition plan for their current Six Week Challenge.

Every now and then when I feel like I really need to get back on track with my diet due to too much snacking, a few too many bites and tastes of my guilty pleasures, you know what I’m talking about.  Now that the holidays are over, I definitely did my splurging in the eating area and ready to get my rear in gear!

I find that following a pre-made nutrition plan is what helps me get back on track.  It doesn’t matter who it’s made by, but as long as it aligns with my nutrition philosophy, I’m on board.  Just the idea of having a prescribed plan laid out for me makes me feel more organized and motivated.  Also having a slew of new recipes to make, gets me excited about nutrition again!

Usually after a couple weeks on the plan, I have my mojo back.  I am back in a more disciplined mindset of three solid meals a day with three snacks, and I stop following the plan and go with a more intuitive eating approach.

So without further adieu, here is what I ate in a day while on the Tone It Up 2017 Challenge nutrition plan.  Thanks to Jenn for hosting What I Ate Wednesday linkup.

Breakfast

The morning started off with a green Perfect Fit smoothie!  I followed this recipe that is actually available to everyone!
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Morning Snack

After a run and an upper body strength workout at the gym, I came home and had three egg muffins and some avocado slices.
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Lunch

I had a really late lunch after getting back from teaching a spin class and then getting tea with a friend.  When I finally got home it was almost 3pm, and I was lucky that lunch was leftover butternut squash turkey chili from the night before.  All I had to do was put it in the microwave and it two minutes I could stuff my face! I also had some sautéed Brussels sprouts on the side (not pictured).  I am really loving this chili recipe, especially in these freezing temperatures we are having!

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Afternoon Snack

I guess because I waited so long to have lunch, I was really hungry.  Only an hour after eating my lunch, I had my afternoon snack of greek yogurt, blueberries and a little bit of Granola Factory Native Berry granola.

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Dinner

Dinner was the Simple Salmon Bake on the plan, which is pretty much just salmon, asparagus, kale and carrots.  I suppose they call it the “Simple” Salmon Bake for a reason!

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Dessert

Dessert was a couple scoops of Halo Top ice cream, but went unpictured!

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The Ultimate Healthy Christmas Morning Breakfast Roundup

I don’t know how Christmas morning went in your family when you were a child, but in my family it always went like this…

At the crack of dawn, I wake up.  It’s still dark out.  I go to my parents room and wake them up.  My parents tell me we can’t go downstairs until my older sister is awake too.  She was always a late sleeper.  I run to her room, jump on her bed and tell her to wake up so we can go open presents!

My parents get up and come join me in my sisters room.  My sister groggily gets up, and we head for the stairs.  I go slowly down the stairs waiting for a glimpse of shiny wrapping paper setting under the tree, as you could see directly into my living room as you came down the stairs.

Of course, there were always presents, as I always made the Nice List.  At the first sight of gifts, I squeal, “Santa came!!” and run the rest of the way down stairs and over to the tree.

I’m ready to go to town on those presents.  My sister is excited, but still trying to wake up.  My parents are trying to calm me down and hold me off until they get the camera ready.  One has a camera, and the other parent takes the video camera because of course you need both.

The sun is up by the time we are all done opening presents.  My parents head out to the kitchen to start making a big breakfast while my sister and I are playing with all of our new toys.

Now that I’m older, Christmas mornings in my family now revolve around the one and only young child in my family, my nephew.  Christmas mornings now go something more like this…

My boyfriend and I head over to my sister’s house around 6:30am, where my parents meet as well.  My sister let’s my nephew J come down only once we are all there to see his first reaction to seeing that Santa came.

We watch J open all of his gifts from Santa.  We then eat a big Christmas morning breakfast either at my sister’s house or back at my mom’s house before all exchanging gifts at my mom’s house.

But these past few years, we’ve been feeling a bit rushed through all of this morning fun due to the fact that my boyfriend and I have to be at his mom’s house by noon.

Christmas morning is not something that should be rushed through, so this year I’m planning to take on Christmas morning breakfast, and hoping to make something that can just be put in the oven while J is opening his presents so we can all eat as soon as he’s done, in hopes that this will speed things up a little bit without us feeling rushed!

I think for most families, a Christmas morning breakfast is a special one.  It tends to be a little fancier and larger.  It needs to feed more people than usual.  And it’s great when it takes as little prep as possible on a morning where you’d rather spend your time around the tree with your family than in the kitchen cooking.

So whatever you’re looking for in this year’s Christmas breakfast, I’m hoping I can provide you with something that fits your Christmas morning perfectly!

Laura from Joy Food and Sunshine brings us this gorgeous and moist blueberry coffee cake.  Another two of my faves - blueberries and coffee!  Bring it on baby.  This recipe is dairy-free.  Laura also offers more ideas for swapping ingredients out to make it healthier and gluten-free.

Cinnamon Buns

Rustic Gluten-Free Cinnamon Buns

Rebecca from Strength and Sunshine gives us cinnamon buns that are vegan, oil-free, sugar-free, nut-free, and contain no yeast.

Laura from Joy Food and Sunshine brings us this gorgeous and moist blueberry coffee cake.  Another two of my faves - blueberries and coffee!  Bring it on baby.  This recipe is dairy-free.  Laura also offers more ideas for swapping ingredients out to make it healthier and gluten-free.

Vegan Apple chai Cinnamon Rolls

These cinnamon rolls are made with spelt flour.  As a recovering Cinnabon addict, the icing on these puts me in a dangerous place.

Laura from Joy Food and Sunshine brings us this gorgeous and moist blueberry coffee cake.  Another two of my faves - blueberries and coffee!  Bring it on baby.  This recipe is dairy-free.  Laura also offers more ideas for swapping ingredients out to make it healthier and gluten-free.

Paleo Cinnamon Buns

Just look how fluffy those are! A few of the ingredients in these include coconut flour , arrowroot starch, maple syrup, and coconut cream!

Laura from Joy Food and Sunshine brings us this gorgeous and moist blueberry coffee cake.  Another two of my faves - blueberries and coffee!  Bring it on baby.  This recipe is dairy-free.  Laura also offers more ideas for swapping ingredients out to make it healthier and gluten-free.

Breads

Easy Chocolate Chip Gingerbread

This gingerbread loaf is grain-free, dairy-free and gluten-free.  Plus…that chocolate drizzle…oh my god.

Laura from Joy Food and Sunshine brings us this gorgeous and moist blueberry coffee cake.  Another two of my faves - blueberries and coffee!  Bring it on baby.  This recipe is dairy-free.  Laura also offers more ideas for swapping ingredients out to make it healthier and gluten-free.

 

Gingerbread Banana Bread

This uses whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour and also some oats!  This recipe is vegan-friendly too.

Laura from Joy Food and Sunshine brings us this gorgeous and moist blueberry coffee cake.  Another two of my faves - blueberries and coffee!  Bring it on baby.  This recipe is dairy-free.  Laura also offers more ideas for swapping ingredients out to make it healthier and gluten-free.

Grain Free Banana Bread

This recipe uses almond flour to keep it grain-free.  My favorite thing about this bread is how freaking moist it looks!

Laura from Joy Food and Sunshine brings us this gorgeous and moist blueberry coffee cake.  Another two of my faves - blueberries and coffee!  Bring it on baby.  This recipe is dairy-free.  Laura also offers more ideas for swapping ingredients out to make it healthier and gluten-free.

 

Coffee Cakes

Gingerbread Quinoa Coffee Cake

The flavors of gingerbread and coffee…combined?!  I’m in!  This one is gluten-free and vegan.

Laura from Joy Food and Sunshine brings us this gorgeous and moist blueberry coffee cake.  Another two of my faves - blueberries and coffee!  Bring it on baby.  This recipe is dairy-free.  Laura also offers more ideas for swapping ingredients out to make it healthier and gluten-free.

Wild Blueberry Coffee Cake

Laura from Joy Food and Sunshine brings us this gorgeous and moist blueberry coffee cake.  Another two of my faves – blueberries and coffee!  Bring it on baby.  This recipe is dairy-free.  Laura also offers more ideas for swapping ingredients out to make it healthier and gluten-free.

Laura from Joy Food and Sunshine brings us this gorgeous and moist blueberry coffee cake.  Another two of my faves - blueberries and coffee!  Bring it on baby.  This recipe is dairy-free.  Laura also offers more ideas for swapping ingredients out to make it healthier and gluten-free.

French Toast

Eggnog French Toast

This is a healthier option than many other french toast recipes out there.  It has packs a 24g punch of protein to leave you fuller longer!

The ULTIMATE healthy Christmas morning breakfast recipe roundup from your favorite bloggers!

Oatmeal

Cinnamon Oatmeal with Figs

I’m pretty sure figs are a staple of Christmas, so this oatmeal couldn’t be more perfect for a Christmas morning breakfast.

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Vegan Apple & Gingerbread Baked Oatmeal

Any kind of baked oatmeal is great to throw in the oven while you’re opening presents and then you’re able to dig into breakfast as soon as you’re done!  This gingerbread baked oatmeal makes for a festive breakfast indeed!

The ULTIMATE healthy Christmas morning breakfast recipe roundup from your favorite bloggers!

Pecan Pie Baked Oatmeal

Pecans are another staple for this time of year.  Again, make this ahead of time and breakfast is ready when you are!

The ULTIMATE healthy Christmas morning breakfast recipe roundup from your favorite bloggers!

Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal

I always say, if there’s peanut butter involved, count me in, and this baked oatmeal is no exception!  I would be all over this!  Oh my god, just look at that peanut butter drizzle.  Gah!

The ULTIMATE healthy Christmas morning breakfast recipe roundup from your favorite bloggers!

Pumpkin Cranberry Baked Oatmeal

Not quite ready to let go of pumpkin yet? There’s no need to with this recipe!  The cranberries give it that Christmas twist!

The ULTIMATE healthy Christmas morning breakfast recipe roundup from your favorite bloggers!

Gingerbread Baked Oatmeal

This can easily be prepped the day before and just warmed Christmas morning.  It’s also less than 300 calories per serving!

The ULTIMATE healthy Christmas morning breakfast recipe roundup from your favorite bloggers!

Baked Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Keep it classic with an apple cinnamon oatmeal that even your pickiest of eaters will like (hopefully)!

The ULTIMATE healthy Christmas morning breakfast recipe roundup from your favorite bloggers!

Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal

This recipe serves 16 people, so it is perfect for a larger group!  Of course you could always reduce the size of the recipe for a smaller group.  I would totally opt in for the chocolate chips on this one!

The ULTIMATE healthy Christmas morning breakfast recipe roundup from your favorite bloggers!

Muffins

Blueberry Muffins

These are made using oat flour making them a squeaky clean recipe with all wholesome ingredients.  These, along with the rest of the muffin recipes, are also great to set out while you’re opening presents to keep the hangry family members happy!

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One Bowl Vegan Apple Muffins

These muffins are made with whole-wheat flavor for a higher nutritional benefit.  They also use coconut sugar instead of refined-sugar.  They include a flax egg to make it vegan.

The ULTIMATE healthy Christmas morning breakfast recipe roundup from your favorite bloggers!

Chocolate Chip Banana Nut Muffins

These are made gluten-free by using oat flour (as long as your oat flour is GF certified). Leave the chocolate chips out for a more classic banana nut muffin, but if you’re one to pass on chocolate, than I am afraid we cannot be friends.

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Gingerbread Muffin Tops

These Gingerbread Muffin Tops are gluten-free, vegan and oil-free!  The use of oat flour gives you a healthy dose of whole grains too!

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Egg Dishes

Healthy Egg and Veggie Muffins (AKA Mini Frittatas)

These little egg muffins would be perfect for small children!  I could see them loving having eggs in a muffin shape!  These are also a great way to get some extra veggies in early in the day, especially since it’ likely you won’t be getting much in later in the day with all those Christmas parties!

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Quiche with Asparagus Pancetta and Goat Cheese

I do love my goat cheese in eggs, and I’ve never tried pancetta in my eggs, but I’m sure it’s delicious!

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Egg Shakshuka

Tomatoes, egg, feta cheese for the win!  Little secret:  I’ve never had egg shakshuka!  I’ve seen it everywhere lately though!  It’s been on food blogs, cooking shows, food magazine covers, you name it, and now here!

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Spiralized Sweet Potato Egg in a Hole

These clearly require a little more effort, but they are truly worth it because of how beautiful they come out!

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Sausage & Pepper Quiche with Hash Brown Crust

I love the idea of making a hash brown crust instead of a flour-based crust!  It also makes this quiche paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, and grain-free!

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Whole Egg, Sausage & Broccoli Breakfast Bake

Another great way to get some veggies in early on in your day.  I would have never thought of baking whole eggs on top of a veggie and meat mixture like that.

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Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash

Sweet potato chunks, crispy bacon, a runny-yolk egg and avocado.  Yes, please!!  Talk about a filling breakfast!  You got your carbs (sweet potato), protein (egg), and fat (avocado)!

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Italian Sausage Breakfast Hash

Look how gorgeous that is!  I like how there’s kale hidden in there too!  And again with the over-easy eggs!

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Spinach and Mushroom Frittata

Spinach, mushrooms, rich and creamy goat cheese, and mozzarella cheese are the stars of this frittata!

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Waffles & Pancakes

Gluten Free Almond Oat Waffles with Chocolate Chips

I’m a huge proponent of chocolate for breakfast, especially on Christmas morning!!  These use almond flour, oats, oat flour, and tapioca flour.   There’s also a recipe for chocolate whipped cream to go on top!

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The Best Ever Gluten-Free Pancakes

I just bought some tigernut flour, so these are on the top of my list to bake.  Don’t worry if you don’t have tigernut flour, coconut flour can be subbed in!

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Flourless Gingerbread Oatmeal Pancakes

Nutmeg, cinnamon and molasses make the perfect pancake!  This is another recipe that’s on my to-bake list!

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Caramel Sweet Potato Casserole Baked Pancake

Whew…say that five times fast!  That is a mouthful!  A baked pancake though…I have never heard of that before seeing this recipe!  One giant sweet potato pancake topped with caramel sauce and pecans…holy yum!

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Tahini Carob Pancakes

Check out these super fluffy pancakes, and that flavor combination of tahini and carob…kapow!  Ignite the taste buds of your family members with this one!  This recipe uses buckwheat flour and whole wheat spelt flour.

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Eggnog Power Packed Cinnamon Waffles

I love these because they utilize one of  my favorite pancake mixes, Kodiak Cakes, which also helps to cut back on prep time.

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Donuts

Healthy Cappuccino Donuts

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Gingerbread Donuts

As soon as I saw these donuts, I immediately thought they would be GREAT for Christmas morning!  Don’t leave out the snowflake sprinkles if you’re going to make these!The ULTIMATE healthy Christmas morning breakfast recipe roundup from your favorite bloggers!

Chocolate Protein Donuts

Get this…these donuts are only 110 calories a piece!  The perfect way to feel like you’re indulging on Christmas morning without breaking the calorie bank!

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Miscellaneous

SUPER Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Cookies for breakfast?!  Yes, it’s a cookie, but if you look at the ingredients…it’s totally breakfast!  These are great to snack on while opening presents in my opinion!

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Easy Apple Compote Parfait

Parfaits have often made their presence in some of our big family breakfasts.  There’s something so fancy about them, including their name.  Parfait.  Plus, we don’t often go through the trouble of strategically layering our fruit, granola and yogurt when it’s just for ourselves.   These are beautiful, Miss Allie!

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Paleo Maple Cinnamon Sweet Potato Breakfast Bake

I wasn’t sure where to categorize this recipe, but it has eggs in it, so it’s going right here!  This reminds me a lot of my Sweet Potato Casserole with the Maple Pecan topping.

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Questions for you!  

  • What are your Christmas mornings usually like?
  • If you had to pick one of these, which one would you make for your Christmas morning breakfast?

Comment below!

 

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