Brown Sugar Spiced Salmon

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When you look at the clock and realize that dinner should have been in the oven a half-hour ago – this is the recipe to turn to. Everything about brown sugar spiced salmon screams guilty pleasure… sweet with a little kick, this dish is always a hit in our house. The fact that this dish takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish is just an added bonus.

Brown Sugar Spiced Salmon

I can almost guess what you are thinking… how can a recipe starting with brown sugar be healthy? Before I started making healthier recipes, I spotted this recipe on Food Network's show, “The Kitchen”. (Check out the original recipe here). It was such a simple recipe that it quickly become my go-to recipe for busy weeknights because from the time I started preparing it to serving it was under 20 minutes. However, after finding out I had type II diabetes, I had to switch things up. I discovered Truvia Brown Sugar Blend and it was a game-changer.

Are you a diabetic? Check out this post about which myWW plan is best for diabetes.

What Is Truvia Brown Sugar Blend?

According to Truvia.com, ” Truvía®Brown Sugar Blend is a mix of zero-calorie Truvía® Natural Sweetener (stevia leaf extract, erythritol), sugar and molasses. This product allows you to maintain the sugar-like taste and texture in your favorite recipes with 75% fewer calories from brown sugar.” What does that mean for you? It's a calorie-free sweetener that has virtually no effect on blood sugar levels making it a healthier choice in your recipes. This leads me to my next point about using wild caught salmon over farm raised salmon.

Why should I use wild-caught salmon over farm-raised salmon?

Salmon in generally can be a healthy option for your protein of choice at dinner time. It is rich in omega-3 fatty acids which are proven to be beneficial for your heart and your brain health. The key difference in wild-caught salmon vs farm-raised, however, is the fat content. In a farm setting, the salmon are bred to be fattier and larger than you would find in the wild in order for the farms to maximize their profit margins. By consuming wild-caught salmon, you will consume less fat and calories, which is ultimately healthier for you.

What side dishes should you choose with this dish?

brown sugar spiced edamame in a white dish

Personally, I love simple vegetables or a side salad with this salmon. If you chop up some fresh green beans and saute them in a pan with your favorite cooking spray. If you have any extra brown sugar blend from the salmon, you can add that in to carry the flavor through the whole meal. I applied that principle to some steamed edamame and it was delicious!

I also make a delicious Baked Salmon with Roasted Purple Potatoes and Pan Sauteed Golden Beets… those side dishes would go well with this salmon as well.

Recipe: Brown Sugar Spiced Salmon

Brown Sugar Spiced Salmon on baking sheet with tin foil

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Let's get down to actually making this delicious brown sugar spiced salmon, which was the whole purpose of you coming on here, right?

Ingredients

  • 1/4 Cup Truvia Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 Lemon (sliced)
  • 4 – 4 oz pieces of Wild Atlantic Salmon

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Combine brown sugar and chili powder in a small bowl
  • Lay lemon slices on a baking sheet lined with foil, place the salmon filets on top of the lemon slices.
  • Generously rub the brown sugar mixture on top of the salmon
  • Bake for about 7-10 minutes until salmon is the desired temperature.
  • Serve with your side dish of choice and enjoy!

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