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Fat Burning Dinner Recipe: Salmon with Avocado Pesto Fettuccine

I know it sounds so weird to put “Fat Burning” in front of a recipe title with the words “avocado pesto fettuccine.” You’re probably like, “what – this chick has lost her mind!” But I haven’t! Trust me, I just made this recipe the other night and it’s made with healthy ingredients. When incorporated into a balanced meal plan, this recipe can really…help you lose weight!

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Wait What? Doesn’t Fat make you Fat?

Not necessarily. While too much of anything can make you fat, it’s actually the overly processed, refined carbohydrates that are taking the blame for a lot of our health issues today, including our expanding waistlines. There is no reason healthy fats, like avocado and olive oil can’t be a part of your fat burning diet.

Fat Burning Dinner Recipe: Salmon with Avocado Pesto Fettuccine

Why I love this Fat Burning Dinner Recipe

  • It uses fresh, whole, yummy (and of course fat burning!) ingredients.
  • It sounds fancy, but it’s really simple to make.
  • It makes a delicious leftover lunch for the next day.
  • It’s so decadent and satisfying, you’d never think it was a part of a weight loss program.

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Salmon with Avocado Pesto Fettuccine Recipe

This recipe is as easy as 1, 2, 3, but nobody needs to know that! Just get your salmon ready, make your pesto and spirilaze your zucchini and you’re pretty much good to go. But here are the specifics:

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  • 1 lb Salmon
  • 1 T Olive Oil
  • 1 T Lemon Juice
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 4 Zucchinis
  • 1 Avocado
  • 2 T Olive Oil
  • 2 T Almonds
  • 1 large bunch of Basil
  • 2 small cloves of Garlic
  • 1 T Lemon Juice
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

First: Bake Your Salmon

Preheat oven to 400. Spray a roasting pan with non-stick cooking spray and add salmon steaks. Lightly coat the salmon with olive oil, lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the fish is opaque and flakes easily. The actual cooking time will depend on the thickness of your salmon. I read it’s about 4-6 min per 1/2″ thickness.

Second: Make Your Pesto

Add avocado, olive oil, almonds, basil, garlic, lemon juice and salt and pepper to the food processor or blender and mix until well combined.

Third: Make Your Fettuccine

Using a spiralizer or potato peeler, convert zucchini to noodles. Add a bit of water or olive oil to a skillet with some more chopped garlic too if you’re a fan. Heat until it’s simmering or the garlic begins to get crispy and add prepared zucchini and sauté for 2-4 minutes. Just until it’s soft. Season with salt and pepper. I also like to drain the noodles and let them sit on a few paper towels before tossing with the pesto because they come out pretty damp.

Finally: Prepare to Serve

Toss the cooked zucchini noodles with the pesto and plate. Top with salmon steak, garnish with a lemon wedge and serve.

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What’s your favorite recipe that tastes like a “cheat” but really isn’t? 

Teresa Marie Howes, BS, CPT, HHP
Teresa Marie is a nutrition expert, fitness enthusiast and health coach. She is backed with a BS in Nutrition, an MBA, a CPT from ACE and 16+ years of experience in the weight loss and wellness space. She is the founder and lead contributor of this site and coaches clients across the globe on how to achieve better health and more happiness by implementing the 4 Universal Diet Truths of her Clean & Colorful Concept.

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