Baked Pesto Salmon – Update on Those Resolutions

Baked Pesto Salmon

As I mentioned before I chose JOY as the word to guide my decisions and intentions this year rather than make regular New Year resolutions. I really have been trying to keep this word in front of me to help me at those moments I feel overwhelmed or uncertain. It doesn’t mean I walk around with my head in the clouds ignoring all that is happening around me. This week was particularly challenging.

My son has been getting ready to take the SATs, his mid-terms are this week and he is a 12 year-old boy, with autism. He has been stressed and the problem is he can feel it in his body but he can’t articulate this so it makes him extra challenging. He has been forgetting to do homework, return items to school and not giving us all the information we need to help him. Typical 12 year-old boy things, yes, but exacerbated by the autism.

At one point we had three teachers contacting us because he was having trouble in school.  So, we made some adjustments to our household this weekend in hopes of getting him back on track. Our organization at home had slipped some since Christmas so we needed to reign things in and get all the organizational pieces back into sync again. It is so easy to let it slip but once it starts it just snowballs for him.

To make this week even more special our guest room ceiling started to drip. My son’s bathroom is just above it and he had let some water overflow  from his sink but we thought it wasn’t that much and we had cleaned it up. So, now we are having someone come in and check the piping and possibly replace the ceiling too. As long as they are at it, if we can afford it, we are going to make some changes to his bathroom to make it more functional for him as he grows.

So, to this end dinner last night needed to be simple, nourishing and somewhat healthy.  I had 2 pounds of salmon in the refrigerator to use and did not have time to make a marinade, or fancy sauce. I went with simple, simple, simple.


This was far better than I thought it would be. I didn’t know if the combination of flavors would work but I used Simply Pesto jarred pesto with the salmon and it was perfectly balanced.

I served this with sweet potatoes and a vegetable medley of broccoli, cauliflower and carrots.

Baked Pesto Salmon

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 2 lbs. salmon, thawed if frozen and blotted dry
  • 1 tablespoon Morton Nature’s Seasoning, divided
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup of jarred pesto


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Grease a 13 x 9 pan with 2 tablespoons of the butter. Sprinkle 1/2 tablespoon of Nature’s Seasoning over the butter.
  2. Lay the salmon in a single layer flat sides down in the pan.
  3. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in a microwave. Gently pour the butter over the salmon and spread to cover the tops.
  4. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of Nature’s Seasoning.
  5. Spoon pesto over each piece of salmon and use the back of the spoon to spread over the tops of each piece.
  6. Place in oven and bake for 20-30 minutes until cooked through. Be careful not to over bake!
  7. Remove from oven and serve.

So how are your resolutions going? Keeping them up or adjusting them as necessary?

13 Comments Add yours

  1. yaz says:

    I love anything salmon!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      I like salmon but was unsure of this. Much better than I ever thought it would be!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. I can imagine how the disrupted schedule of the holidays affected your son. Glad you are getting back on track! Bummer about the ceiling, though. Salmon is just a wonderful fish that can go with just about anything!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      It feels good to get things back rolling smoothly again.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Yumm! I hope things go well for him!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      They are already getting better. It is amazing at just what a difference a few small changes can make.

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  4. You are so good to recognize what your son needs and make changes as necessary; he is lucky to have you advocating for him. Hopefully, everything is settling back into place. This entire dinner is so healthy- nourishing body and mind!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you! You are so sweet and your kind words mean more than you know.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. autismmommyavenger says:

    We eat salmon a lot! I definitely have to try it this way. Sounds delicious!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      I just never thought of pesto until the other night as going with salmon. My son wanted it in his lunch for school the next day. I had to say no as salmon doesn’t travel well in a lunchbox. Lol.


  6. I love salmon and love pesto so this sounds like a perfect meal!

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