I think that variety is the best way to approach your meals. Alternating between different proteins and vegetarian meals throughout your week will help you get more nutrition from lots of different sources.

Fish is one of those proteins that sometimes gets forgotten when cooking at home. This salmon is a wonderful and easy way to add more fish into your diet. It’s a favorite recipe among my clients and it’s also super easy to put together during the week (especially if you make the crust ahead of time).

Herb and Mustard Crusted Salmon
Serves 4


  • 4 large cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 slice bread, crust removed
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 salmon fillet, about 1 1/2 pounds
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place salmon skin side down on top of parchment. (I like to leave the skin on for the added fat and flavor.)
  2. Mince the garlic in a food processor. Next add the parsley and pulse until well combined. Add the bread, parmesan, oil, and salt and pulse until well combined, scraping the sides down as needed.
  3. Spread the mustard over the salmon with a spoon, then pat the herb crumb mixture over the top and pat it down well.
  4. Bake for 8 to 15 minutes, until salmon is flaky. Remove from oven and serve.
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Claudia Laffin

Claudia Laffin is a food photographer and owner of The Traveling Spoon Personal Chef, serving clients in and around Asheville, North Carolina. She has been a health food advocate and natural lifestyle follower for over 20 years. During that time she enjoyed working in numerous stores in the health food industry, including Earth Fare! Claudia’s desire to bring health food to more people motivated her to start her personal chef business. She loves cooking healthy, organic, non processed and delicious food for busy families in their own homes and helping them find a path to a healthier life. Follow her on Facebook and Instagram to see what new things she’s cooking up!