blackened salmon + coconut cashew cous cous + publix gift card giveaway

This is a sponsored post. I am an ambassador for Publix Savannah Women’s Half Marathon & 5K. Due to that relationship, I receive a complimentary race registration, as well as other sponsor amenities in exchange for my honest reviews and promotion of the event and affiliated sponsors. All opinions are my own.

While logging the miles is an essential part of getting ready for race day, fueling your body well is equally important. Athletes need to get the right nutrients to reknit hard-working muscles, and keep the body strong and prepared for race day. To this end, our family dinners, especially in training season, are focused on lean proteins, grains and green vegetables. While little man doesn’t always love those greens (please note, he will eat lima beans like it’s his job), I try hard to keep it fun and tasty, while still being nutritious. One of our favorites is this

It’s big on flavor, easy to throw together on a busy work night, and is easy to change up with different ingredients. I do the bulk of my grocery shopping at our local Publix. The store is always well-stocked and the employees are about the friendliest around. Plus, I am able to set up my shopping list online, which adds to the convenience factor. Here’s what you’ll need for this meal:

Preheat your oven to 400F. First, we’ll gather the ingredients for the cous cous.

Bring 1 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth and 1/2 cup coconut milk (or cream of coconut) to a boil with 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter, extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil. While waiting for the contents of the saucepan to boil, prepare your salmon. I brushed each side of the filets with extra virgin olive oil and placed them on a foil-lined pan, skin-side down.

I sprinkled liberally with blackening seasoning. We love blackening seasoning.

And into the oven they go, for 20-25 minutes. I was in the mood for some Brussels sprouts so I minced up some garlic and quartered the sprouts.

All of that goes into a skillet with some heated olive oil, pepper and salt. Stir occasionally until the sprouts start to brown.

I added a little bit of bacon in the final minutes of cooking, for some extra flavor.

By this time, the pot should have boiled, so add in 5.8 oz of cous cous, 1/2 cup cashews, 1 cup dried cranberries and 3/4 cup chopped scallions. Stir for one minute, cover with a tightly fitting lid and removed from eat until the liquid is absorbed.

Fluff the cous cous with a fork

and dinner is served!

I love all the colors, textures and flavors!

We couldn’t wait to dig in!

And I confess. It was Fat Tuesday, so we all had a small piece of cinnamon King Cake from the Publix Bakery for dessert. Because it’s only once a year and little treats are part of our moderation.

Thanks to partners Publix Savannah Women’s Half Marathon & 5K and Publix, we want you to go out and create your own delicious training meal! We are giving away one $25 Publix gift card to a lucky blog reader!

Enter below! Leaving a comment about your favorite training meal is required, but there are plenty of ways to score bonus entries, so just play along!

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And remember, we would love to see you at the race on April 8. Code PUGS will save you $15 on your half marathon or 5K entry. It’s a deal too good to be missed.


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21 Responses to blackened salmon + coconut cashew cous cous + publix gift card giveaway

  1. Stacey smith says:

    Love a good burger after a long run or race!
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  2. I don’t have a Publix near us! I think my son would actually eat this one if I made it for him. Looks great!
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  3. Rachel says:

    We don’t have Publix here, but I want to come over for dinner. Can we make that happen? 😉
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  4. Kimberly G says:

    This looks delicious! Now that we’re in the Lenten season, I’m always looking for more seafood recipes.
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  5. Unfortunately, I’m not a salmon person…..but the other stuff looks good 😉 Fueling? I’m a traditional pasta-lover 😉
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  6. I’ll be in Florida in 3 weeks! Publix is my favorite grocery store besides Whole Foods. I wish we had Publix in Illinois! The salmon looks amazing.
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  7. Carly says:

    My favorite dinner is fish, brown rice, and green veggies.

  8. Salmon is a great pre-run meal. So much protein and so many vitamins in it!
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  9. Toni says:

    This looks delicious! I love public and def want to run this race someday!
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  10. We always go for the very simple pasta and marinara sauce. The only time we ever have that as a meal is before a major race. If it is a short race, like a 5K, anything goes!! Pizza or doughnuts. Pizza AND doughnuts.

  11. Your dinner looks fantastic! We eat a lot of similar dishes here at my house. I love any type of fish dinner! Publix is the best for fresh fish!
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  13. Starla says:

    Goodness! That looks and sounds so good. I will definitely pin for later! My favorite training meal is definitely grilled salmon, sautéed spinach, and brown rice!

  14. I love Publix!! We live a block away from one, and I always feel like I should walk or ride my bike there-but I don’t want to carry all the bags home…first world problems!
    This meal looks really good. I try to make something similar before a race. Something filling, but not too heavy.

  15. Jaclyn Reynolds says:

    Fish, rice and green veggies! We love shopping at Publix too!

  16. Jessica Mcfarlin says:

    I would just do a steak and a baked potato!

  17. No publix in my area but this recipe sounds delicious! Will certainly have to give it a try 🙂

    PS – when my fiance and I go down to Myrtle Beach, we love going to publix lol
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  18. Jacy says:

    My favorite meal to eat while training is meat (any, usually chicken), sweet potatoes and kale. I love Publix!!! (Especially the bakery )

  19. betsy says:

    roast and veggies

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  21. Cassandra says:

    The blackened salmon looks yummy! I have 2 publix stores near where I live and I enjoy shopping at both of them on occasion.

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