Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Sweet and Spicy Glazed Salmon

According to www.lowcarbdiets.about.com some of the health benefits of salmon are:


People who eat fish seem to be protected from a host of conditions. Some of this is probably due to the omega-3 fats, but there may be other benefits apart from this. The science isn’t clear yet as to all the reasons why eating fish (particularly fatty fish such as salmon) seems to be so darned good for us.

Omega-3 fats seem to primarily work through reducing inflammation in our bodies. Inflammation is turning out to be at the base of many health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, some types of cancers and arthritis. Omega-3’s also help prevent the blood clots which cause many strokes.
An exciting, fairly recent development is the realization that omega-3 fats have potential to help slow cognitive problems such as Alzheimer’s disease and age-related cognitive decline. Also, people who have sufficient levels of omega-3’s (especially as compared to omega-6 fats) seem to have less depression and suicide risk, as well as less aggression -- in one study, giving prison inmates this type of fat (plus vitamins) reduced aggressive behavior by a third in a mere two weeks.

This is actually a fairly simple recipe that combines sweetness and spiciness that complements the flavor of the salmon perfectly. I paired the fish with some savory herbed brown rice couscous (Lundberg brand) and a side salad for a complete meal. I hope this recipe brings health and happiness to your home.

Here is how:
1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

2. Combine in a saucepan:
- 3 Tbs. dark brown sugar
- 1 Tbs. gluten free tamari sauce (I use San J brand)
- 4 tsp. Chinese-style hot mustard
- 1 tsp. rice vinegar

3. Bring to a boil and remove from the heat.

4. Place 4 (6 oz.) salmon fillets on a foil-lined jelly roll pan coated with cooking spray; sprinkle with 1/4 tsp. salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove from oven.

5. Preheat broiler.

6. Brush the sugar glaze over the fish; broil 3 inches from heat for 3 minutes or until the fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness.

Here is to healthy meals with flavor! xo

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