I have always enjoyed spicy foods, especially blackened catfish. However, I wanted to add a twist to a nutritious fish, such as salmon. Therefore, I decided to try blackened salmon. My friends recently introduced me to butternut squash, while they were doing a fast. They made spaghetti out of butternut squash and added turkey meat with tomato sauce. This motivated me to make something new with butternut squash! Butternut squash adds a nice twist to meals because it is hearty and people typically do not eat it, but I think you all will like this!

Blackened Salmon

Courtesy of the Food Network


  • 1 tbsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Paprika
  • Fresh Thyme
  • 1 tbsp Oregano
  • 1 Whole Lemon
  • 4 Pieces of Salmon


Mix the cayenne pepper, paprika, thyme and oregano in a bowl. Dip the salmon, face down, into the mixture. Put in a skillet with heated olive oil face down for three minutes. Flip and allow the skin to cook for six minutes or until the skin is crispy. Once all the salmon is done, squeeze lemon juice over it.

Butternut Squash


  • 1/2 of a fresh butternut squash or one container of butternut squash
  • 2 tbsp of honey
  • ¼ cup of balsamic vinear
  • 1 tbsp of lemon pepper seasoning
  • 3 tbsp of olive oil


Preheat oven to 400 F. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and add the butternut squash. Put on a sheet pan lined with oiled foil. Bake for 15 minutes, flip over and cook for another 15 minutes.

These are healthy fall recipes. Filled with omega 3 and vitamin C! These are created courtesy of Food Network. A nice green vegetable would complement this meal, such as broccoli, kale or asparagus. Even though it is getting closer to holiday season, it is important to watch your consumption of food and the types of food you are consuming. Try to make healthy substitutes to make for a healthier holiday recipe holiday. Remember the healthier the food you consume, the better you will feel!

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