Healthy, quick, and effortless Sheet Pan Salmon, Lentils, and Asparagus. A great easy meal prep recipe or a healthy dinner option for busy families.
It’s my mission to make 2018 the year my kids ask for soup and pulses. My go-to is lentils which I love for their nutritional content and their adaptability to absorb and take on other flavours.
This Sheet Pan Salmon, Lentils, and Asparagus was a great family meal that came together quickly and easily (without compromising on flavour or nutrition). A truly easy meal prep recipe or a speedy dinner for those of us that need it.
Sheet pan meals are great for busy families and parents who need to get a wholesome meal on the table – fast. Here lentils to all the heavy lifting as I used pre-cooked canned lentils. It made the meal so easy to cook and I used lemon zest and juice to brighten the pulses up and make them more appealing to my kids (and my husband if we’re being totally honest).
The lentils got a lovely crispy texture from being baked and took on a new starring role that I think would be wonderful as a baked breakfast option as well. Substitute eggs for the salmon for a breezy and nutritionally packed breakfast.
I almost always add a dollop of plain yogurt mixed with a touch of lemon juice to family meals with lentils in them. It makes my kids gobble them up without complaint.
Another alternate is feta or goat’s cheese; a few crumbs go a long way to make this healthy and satisfy dish feel just a bit indulgent.
This would be a fantastic meal prep lunch that could take desk lunches from boring to a satisfying yum quickly. This dish is packed with satisfying and healthy protein from the fibre and iron packed lentils, and the omega-filled salmon.
For me, I didn’t get that hangry 3pm sensation after enjoying the leftovers for lunch.
More plant-based easy meal prep ideas:
More lentils and plant-based protein family meal ideas included this Cauliflower and Lentil Dill Salad as well as these Garlicky Peanut Soba Noodles. And this 15-minute Salmon Dinner is still on rotation as my kids adore the salad in it and subbing the couscous for lentils is always a delicious option.
Still freaked out over cooking lentils? Here’s a link to multiple cooking tutorials to walk you through the basics. I can say that cooking lentils is the easiest of all the pulses because they don’t require any pre-soaking like beans do.
Healthy, quick, and beyond easy Sheet Pan Salmon, Lentils, and Asparagus. A great meal prep recipe or a healthy dinner option for bus
- 14 oz (330 ml) canned lentils, drained and well rinsed
- 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed (around 12 stalks or so)
- 115-150 grams x 4 salmon fillets
- 1 large lemon, zest and juice
- 1/2 clove garlic, finely minced or grated
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
- 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 425° F.
Toss lentils and asparagus with lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, and olive oil on a medium sized baking sheet.
Top with salmon and sprinkle sheet pan with salt and pepper.
Bake for 10-15 minutes or until salmon is flaky and cooked thorough.
Serve with a dollop of plain greek yogurt if desired.