Delicious! Crunchy Crusted Stuffed Salmon

Are you craving stuffed salmon for dinner tonight? Then wow, do I have the perfect salmon recipe for you! This dish is nutritious, flavorful, and so easy to make! It's low in carbs, which will help you feel leaner if you've been feeling bloated recently. Delicious baked salmon stuffed with sauteed kale and topped with toasted pine nuts will be ready in just 45 minutes, so it's perfect for a fast weeknight meal that tastes like it took hours to prepare!

You Could Have Stuffed Salmon For Dinner Tonight

Kale Stuffed Salmon with pesto pine nut crust and roasted red pepper and tomato sauce over spaghetti squash weight watcher friendly myww personalpoints

That's right. This dish will make you seem like a kitchen wizard with little to no effort. With this recipe, your family will be wowed with how easy it is to prepare delicious stuffed salmon that is myww friendly!

Why Is Salmon Healthy?

Salmon is a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for your heart. Salmon also contains vitamin B12 and selenium, both important for maintaining healthy skin and nails. Salmon is rich in protein, too, so it's a fantastic dinner choice if you're trying to lose weight or build muscle mass!

What Other Healthy Benefits Does This Dish Have?

Now the next question is, how do you combine this knowledge into recipes that taste amazing? I have just the answer for you, kale stuffed salmon with a pine nut crust, served with a roasted spaghetti squash topped with a roasted red pepper sauce and mozzarella cheese. I know what you’re thinking, “That sounds delicious! How can that be healthy?” The answer lies in the list below. The salmon will have the omega-3 fatty acids while the kale, artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, tomatoes and spaghetti squash fill in for your fresh fruits and veggies. Instead of whole grains in this recipe, the fiber will come from the veggies, dairy from the cheese and the pine nuts add the crunchy selenium! As an added benefit, this recipe is also Gluten Free! (Omit the cheese and it’s Paleo friendly too!)

This Recipe is Fantastic For Thyroid Health!

With more and more people being diagnosed with a range of thyroid health concerns, you may be searching for foods that will promote thyroid health. 

  • Fish – The omega-3 fatty acids that you will find in wild Alaskan salmon or black cod are a fantastic way to boost your thyroid health.
  • Nuts – Selenium is an essential nutrient that promotes thyroid health which is commonly found in nuts.
  • Whole Grain – The key for whole grain foods is the fiber content which will ease one of the more uncomfortable symptoms of thyroid issues.
  • Fresh Vegetables and Fruits – The easiest thing to remember is to think of the B’s: Berries, Bananas, Beans, Beets, Broccoli and Brussels Sprouts. These “B’s” are high in fiber and are relatively easy to sneak into a variety of recipes in tasty ways.
  • Dairy – Hashimoto's Disease, one of the more common causes of a thyroid condition is by caused vitamin D deficiency which is found in dairy!

Can I Use Frozen Salmon For This Dish?

Short answer? Of course, you can! Fresh salmon is always the best choice, but frozen is the next best thing. I would recommend allowing it to thaw completely before stuffing it.

Can I Use This Recipe With Other Types of Fish?

If salmon isn't available, this would work with almost any other white flaky fish. The trick is to stick to the same size and weight of the salmon. Examples of other fish would be: Amberjack/Yellowtail, Arctic Char, Bluefish, Mackerel, Mahi Mahi, Ocean/Sea Trout, Steelhead Trout, Stripped Bass, Tilefish, Wahoo

What Do You Serve This Dish With?

stuffed salmon with pine nut pesto

This salmon is stuffed with sauteed kale, topped with pine nuts and then served with a roasted spaghetti squash recipe that combines roasted red peppers and tomatoes into a beautiful sauce and topped with mozzarella cheese.

Other Side Dish Options:

What Other Dishes Can You Make With Salmon?

Do you have Leftover Salmon? Check out RecipeFairy for ideas!

Tips and Tricks To Make This Recipe for Stuffed Salmon

Preparing Your Ingredients Ahead Of Time is the KEY to making this recipe super simple!

Season and Oil Your Spaghetti Squash WELL before roasting. Always Roast Them with the Cutside DOWN.

Use A Fork To Shred Your Spaghetti Squash Into “Spaghetti”

How Many Points Are In This Recipe?

With the new PersonalPoints Plan, points can vary for each individual person based on their unique list of zero point foods. Points can also vary with different brands. Please use your recipe maker to determine your exact points.

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Kale Stuffed Salmon with Pine Nut Topping

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Salmon filets stuffed with sauteed kale, topped with a pesto pine nut topping and served with a roasted red pepper and tomato sauce with spaghetti squash.

Ingredients

  • 4 Salmon Filets - 4 oz
  • 3-4 Large leaves of Red Kale
  • ½ cup crushed pine nuts
  • 2 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 (14 oz) can of artichoke hearts, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup canned roasted red bell pepper
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • ¼ cup diced red onions
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 large fennel bulb, cut into ¼ in thick strips
  • 1 medium spaghetti squash
  • 1 cup shredded fat-free mozzarella
  • A few stems of fresh parsley
  • Olive Oil Spray
  • Salt/Pepper

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Remove the seeds from the spaghetti squash with a spoon. Drizzle the inside of the squash with a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place the spaghetti squash cut side down on a lightly oiled, foil-lined baking sheet. Roast for 20 minutes.2. After removing the stems from the red kale, roughly chop it into bite-sized pieces. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the kale, red onion and garlic to the hot pan. Cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally to combine. Season it with salt and pepper. Once the kale wilts, remove it from the heat.

3. In a small bowl, combine the pine nuts and Italian seasoning in a small bowl. Finely chop the parsley and add half to the bowl. Drizzle in 1 tbsp of olive oil, salt, and pepper and stir to combine. 4. Turn the oven down to 400 degrees. Very carefully, cut a pocket into the side of each salmon filet and stuff with the kale filling. Generously sprinkle on the pine nut topping and place on the baking sheet with the squash for about 12-15 minutes or until salmon is at an internal temperature of 145 degrees.

5. Wipe out the pan used for the kale and add 1-2 tbsp of olive oil. Over medium heat, add in the fennel, artichokes, roasted red peppers, diced tomatoes, and ¼ cup of water to a hot pan. Stir and cook until the sauce is warm.

6. Use a fork to pull the spaghetti squash strands from the peel. Add the squash to the sauce in the pan, stir to combine and then top with the mozzarella cheese. (For more indulgence, you can put it under the broiler for a few minutes to get the cheese golden and gooey)7. Serve it up with the salmon on top of the spaghetti squash and garnish with remaining parsley. Dive In!

Notes

If you are not a fan of fish, you can absolutely substitute chicken instead of salmon, you just miss out on those omega-3 fatty acids!

Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 446Total Fat 28gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 19gCholesterol 50mgSodium 453mgCarbohydrates 31gNet Carbohydrates 22gFiber 9gSugar 11gProtein 24g

*This is an automatic calculation by a third party app*

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