Healthy Dinner Night: Chicken, Potatoes, Green Beans, Salmon, & Squash!


On New Year’s Day, dinner was all up to Nick and I. We decided to make our favorites: sweet potato fries, grilled chicken, baked salmon, baked spaghetti squash marinara, sweet sesame green beans, fresh salad, and roasted red potatoes.


I haven’t had salmon in a long time. I think I ate it so much that I grew tired from it. Now, I’ll be back on a salmon kick. Publix didn’t have a large salmon filet, so we had to buy individual ones. Apparently others were thinking salmon for dinner as well.

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I marinated the salmon in olive oil, soy sauce, juice from 1/2 lime, garlic and herb seasoning, brown sugar, spinach, and sesame seeds. After preparing the salmon, I baked it in the oven for 20 minutes. All ovens cook differently so pay attention to the salmon. Overcooked salmon isn’t my favorite and that’s why I don’t like smoked or grilled salmon.


Another dish we made was spaghetti squash marinara. This was Ralph’s first time having spaghetti squash and I’m pretty sure we convinced him to use it in some of his recipes from now on. He put it in his omelet like I do the following morning and sent me a picture. I was pretty proud.

We baked the squash with Ralph’s homemade sauce, and topped it with mozzarella cheese.

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We also cooked the sweet sesame green beans and sweet potato fries.

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Nick seasoned and grilled the chicken in brown sugar, garlic and peanut oil. The roasted red potato recipe can be found right here!

Everything turned out pretty good, and it was a nice healthy start to the New Year!


  • louisa

    are you getting married?

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  • tinka

    those potatoes…….

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  • Lashay

    Do you like grilled salmon?

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  • tina

    mmmmm sgetti scash! (that is what my five year old calls it)

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  • Dillar

    i need to try that squash stuff

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  • louis

    how did you learn how to cook salmon? i mess it up every time…

    Reply to louis
  • olly

    Nick is lucky to have you.

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  • milly

    You are such a good cook. Wanna be roomies?

    Reply to milly
  • Michael

    Marry Me?

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  • Michael

    all looks delicious

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  • fava

    your salmon looks awesome

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  • Casey

    What are your thoughts on veganism? I know you enjoy healthy living and you seem like a wonderfully compassionate person, just curious as to your thoughts. Have you ever considered becoming a vegan?

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  • Kristin C

    What is your favorite way to eat spaghetti squash? I’ve heard so many people rave about it but I don’t like yellow squash, so I’ve never been brave enough to try it.

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  • Lauren

    That spaghetti squash bake looks DELISH. Totally adding to my meal plan!

    Reply to Lauren
  • Callie

    Hi Taralynn!

    I have been following your blog for about 2 years now so I thought I would leave a comment and tell you how inspirational you are! You are the one who sparked my interest in starting my own blog about a year ago and I love it! Eventually I want to transition to my own website like you did, but I’ll probably spend another year or so on Tumblr to help with gaining followers.

    Anyway, to the question. How do you cook your spaghetti squash? 2 years of eating healthy and I have only tried it once and I didn’t make it. Spaghetti squash seems like such a large intimidating vegetable,lol.

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  • Linda @ TheFitty

    I broke my new year’s resolution on the very first day–oops! ๐Ÿ™‚ had a helluva lot of cheese!

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  • Sierra @La Spice Sisters

    This looks soooo good! Craving sweet potato fries now!
    How do you cut up your squash? Do you use a spiralizer?

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  • NC

    Looks amazing. I love the salmon. The chicken was awesome too.

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