The days are getting lighter and longer (hallelujah!) and I find myself wanting to spend less time in the kitchen and more of it outside with my family.
But while I’m craving more simple and easy meals to put together, I’m also not looking to sacrifice nutrient-density or flavor, both important for your hormones, physical and mental health.
Enter in this salmon pesto pasta, which is bright and flavorful, filling without being heavy, a major crowd-pleaser and takes less than 30 minutes to come together, making it the perfect weeknight meal to whip up without a ton of stress or hassle. Bonus if you make the pesto ahead and store it in your fridge for an extra time-saving hack.
Snag all of the details and recipe below.
Salmon is one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which is highly effective at reducing inflammation, a common culprit of menstrual cramping and pain, fertility challenges and hormonal imbalances. Make sure to opt for wild-caught salmon from Alaskan or Norwegian waters if possible, which has the highest nutrient-density profile.
Pistachios are rich in fiber that converts to short-chain fatty acids like butyrate in your gut. This has several benefits including a reduced risk of developing digestive disorders, including intestinal permeability (aka leaky gut) which is a common root cause of hormone imbalance.
While there are a ton of health benefits linked to consumption of extra virgin olive oil, the latest research is also showing that due to the high level of polyphenols it may help to balance the bacteria in our digestive tract, slowing the growth of unwanted bacteria. To make sure you’re getting all of its amazing benefits, opt for extra virgin, single origin cold-pressed olive oil, which ensures the oil hasn’t been heated or cut with other lesser quality oils.
To make this recipe dairy-free, simply leave off the optional goat or feta cheese (it’ll still have a ton of flavor) or try swapping it for a dairy-free version made of nuts.
To make this salmon pesto pasta recipe paleo-friendly, you’ll need to use a grain-free pasta, such as this brand.
This recipe is easily made gluten-free by selecting a gluten-free pasta of your choice. I love this brand, which is rich in protein as well as fiber (and naturally grain-free too!)
As mentioned above, extra virgin olive oil has a TON of health benefits, however many brands available in the US have been extracted using high heat or cut with other inflammatory oils to lessen the production cost, which negates any of it’s anti-inflammatory process. I like this brand.
Arugula is seriously underrated IMHO, especially when it comes to elevating the taste and hormone-health benefits of this recipe (thanks to it’s sulphur containing compounds that support your liver in detoxification, especially important if you experience pms or heavy, painful periods). I love to toss a couple large handfuls in with the pasta, or if I have time add some hormone-healthy vegetables like roasted asparagus or broccoli.
Opting for wild-caught salmon from Alaskan or Norwegian waters ensures you’re getting the highest nutrient-density profile (omega-3 fatty acids, selenium, b-vitamins, etc.) as well as limiting your exposure to antibiotics or other chemicals that could harm your hormonal health.
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This healthy salmon pesto pasta is full of flavor, loaded with hormone balancing nutrients & comes together in less than 30 minutes.
Author: Lauren Chambers
Recipe Type: Entree, dinner, meal
*To save time, try making the pesto ahead of time and keeping in the fridge (it’ll last for over a week)
**If looking for an additional time saver, you can also swap the cooked salmon fillet for smoked salmon.
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