“This post is sponsored by ALDI, all opinions are my own.”
In keeping with staying on track with my desire to get healthy, I am trying to get more diverse foods into our diet. We are guilty of falling into a rut. We eat the same things day in and day out. It gets boring, and when we get bored with our food choices that’s when we begin to cheat and eat the bad stuff.
One category I just don’t think we eat enough of is fish. I love fish, my husband does not. I refuse to make two meals so it generally just gets left out of our diet, sad to say but its true. Another item that I have begun learning about is the effect apple cider vinegar has on your body. It’s good for digestion, helping to cut fat, and if you use the organic one with the mother, it’s also a probiotic. You can use it to make delicious vinaigrettes at home. Making your dressings and marinades at home instead of buying them helps you stay on the healthy path because you know exactly what is going into them.
There are so many good options out there that taste good and are good for you. Using a few simple quality ingredients and tossing them together will make for a delicious meal. Making better choices like whole wheat pastas, fish, veggies and pairing that with a delicious made from scratch vinaigrette can keep your tummy happy and the snacking demon at bay. You can also feel really good about the food you are choosing to eat, and enjoying the food you eat can go a long way to keeping you on track to being healthier.
One of my new favorite dishes is Light Lemon Pasta with Baked Salmon. It’s so good and so easy to make. I love shopping at ALDI because the stores are smaller than other stores and it everything is easy to find. ALDI is reasonably priced so I can feed my family, real food and not break my budget. I love that ALDI rigorously test their brands and I have come to trust that the quality of ALDI brand products. I baked the salmon and mushrooms together on the same baking sheet. Using a good olive oil like SimplyNature Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil brings in a heart healthy good fat and some natural flavor as well. If you lightly drizzle it over the veggies and salmon you won’t add a lot of fat to your meal. Found on birch trees, the chaga mushroom is considered a superfood. I also sprinkled lemon pepper seasoning, red pepper flakes and lightly salted the mushrooms and baked them in the oven. While that was baking I used the olive oil again with the SimplyNature Organic Apple Cider Vinegar and made a dressing to go over the SimplyNature Organic whole-wheat penne pasta, salmon and mushrooms. I steamed some broccoli for flavor and added veggie power.
This is a meal that you will want to continue to eat, you get some carbs in there with the pasta, but also whole-wheat goodness, that will leave you feeling very satisfied. You also have the benefit of lots of protein and veggies that will keep you powered throughout the day until dinner. You can feel good that you are fueling your body with good, real food.
Head on over to ALDI and give pick up these products and try this recipe out. Visti ALDI’s Hello Healthy website to get more ideas and keep on the right track! Your taste buds will soar, and your heart and waistline will say thank you!
2 Sea Queen Wild Caught Pink Salmon Fillets
¼ cup + 2 tbs of SimplyNature Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/8 cup of SimplyNature Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
1 package of Portobello mushrooms cleaned and halved
1 package of Season’s Choice Steamed Broccoli Florets
1 tsp of Stonemill Lemon Pepper Seasoning
1 package of Simply Nature Organic Whole-Wheat Penne Pasta
¼ tsp of Stonemill Crushed Red Pepper
Stonemill Salt and Pepper to taste
2 tbs of parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place two frozen fillets on center of baking sheet. Spread cleaned mushrooms around fish. Drizzle 2 tbs or less of olive oil over fish and mushrooms. Put lemon pepper, red pepper flakes seasoning over fish, salt and pepper too if desired. Sprinkle mushrooms with salt and pepper. Place in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until completely done. While salmon is cooking cook pasta according to directions on the box, I cook in salted water until just al dente. Flake salmon when finished, toss pasta, and roasted vegetables together. In a small bowl whisk together the apple cider vinegar and olive oil to make the dressing. Salt and pepper to taste. Pour dressing over pasta mixture and lightly toss. Top with parmesan cheese. Enjoy!