I'm sure we can all agree, some days are just CRAZY!  This was the case for me yesterday... does that mean I went out and got McDonalds?  NO.  The way I see it, there is always time to make a healthy dinner because without health we wouldnt even be here to live our busy days. 
Fortunately when I got home from crossfit around 7:30pm, I had wild alaskan salmon thawed in my fridge, which is about the most low maintenance main dish to prepare/make.

Some seriously good stuff
~1lb Wild Alaskan Salmon
1 bunch asparagus
2-3Tbsp Coconut Oil
~1Tbsp butter/ghee
1-2 cloves garlic

All it takes
Depending on the time of year, asparagus can be CHEAP.  Buy it.  It used to be the only vegetable I dispised... until I tried it fried in garlic and coconut oil.  Seriously scrumptious.  On the other hand, wild alaskan salmon is never going to be cheap, BUT if you are going to spend money on salmon, it is irrational to do so on the stuff that is farm-raised (high in mercury, comprised of low quality fats, etc.).  How healthy can  fish be that are kept in a small area ('farm') and once killed pumped full of dyes to look a pretty orange?  Yuck.

Washed and cut, each into 3 pieces, you only want the top 2!
Asparagus, coconut oil, pan
I add the top two portions of the asparagus to ~2Tbsp coconut oil in a big sautee pan.  Reasoning: I find they cook better when I don't leave them long and whole, AND the bottom third tastes hard and GROSS.

Making use of the rest of my leftover thyme!
Do you need to use thyme?  NO.  This is why it is not in the ingredients.  Half the time I cook, I am just trying to make use of the things in my fridge... afterall people are starving so it shouldn't be wasted!  The tin foil?  I don't particularly LOVE doing dishes, so lining the pan with tin foil makes for an amazingly easy clean up.  Definite plus! 

To prepare the salmon, I placed it skin-down on top of the tin foil containing roughly 1Tbsp melted coconut oil and thyme.  I then topped the salmon with a couple spices I chose from my cabinet- paprika and pepper.  Feel free to add garlic powder, salt, and whatever else you want to try.  Finally, I placed two thin slices of butter on top of the fish.  This helps coat the fish while cooking to maintain flavor and moisture... butter = yum.  For those of you with dairy issues or autoimmune disease, ghee is a great alternative.  Ghee is essentially butter that has had its "milk constituents" removed, and accordingly is often referred to as "clarified butter."  Ghee is a bit pricey, but if you think butter tastes good, this stuff is RICH to a whole new level!  If any of you try it let me know what you think.  As a side note, I have, and ghee + sweet potatoes = paleo candy.
Back to the food: place the salmon in the oven and bake at 375 for ~20min- QUICK!  As for the asparagus...  Once it becomes lathered in the coconut oil, add the chopped garlic in as well as some salt/pepper if you wish.  Cook the asparagus on medium until the fish is done, mixing occasionally.  You want the vegetable soft, but not soggy.

I couldn't resist the parmesan cheese in my fridge, so I grated some on top.
Ready to be devoured in 20min.
When the fish is done, so is the asparagus.  Convenient right??  Literally, 5 minutes to prepare, 20 minutes to cook.  It is nothing fancy, but is delicious and perfect for post workout nutrition recovery.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did (and frequently do)!

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