What exactly is so great about salmon anyways? Besides the fact that, to those who understand, it is very delicious, salmon has a lot of health benefits.
It's rich in Omega-3, That in itself is a BEAUTIFUL reason to eat salmon!
It's good for your heart, you know, that thing you need in good working condition in order to survive? Yeah, salmon, helps keep that healthy.
It can help prevent certain types of cancers. Now who doesn't want (excuse me... need!) some good, old cancer prevention in their life?
It promotes a positive mood!
It can help prevent obesity. Enough said.
Lowers risk of cardiovascular disease! That's great since Heart Disease is in the Top 5 causes of death!
HELPS PREVENT CANCER. ALL KINDS. YOU NAME IT AND SALMON HAS ALL SORTS OF GOODIES IN IT THAT TRY AND KICK CANCER'S ASS, SINK IT'S BATTLESHIP, SUBMERGE CANCER'S COOKIE IN MILK. DO YOU GET THE PICTURE YET?
And, it helps controls high blood pressure.
Cooking salmon... let's talk about it.
Always buy fresh fish. Ask the butcher when the fish was caught, delivered, etc. They sometimes have a date on the counter top though. I prefer to take off the skin before I cook it. It is a pain to get off if you don't have the right knife handy, or a good technique down, but practice makes perfect! Wash it. Room temperature water is good. Just a good rinse. Cooking it should kill any other bacteria that may exist.
Nutrition Facts: Serves 3
Amount per serving: Cal- 180; Carbs- 15g; Fat- 6g; Protein- 25g
When you cook salmon, unless you're going for an Asian twist to it, you really don't need that much to make it absolutely delicious. It gives meaning to the saying "less is more." So... here is what I use for my delicious salmon foil packs!
3 fist sized fillets (about 4oz) of salmon
2 lemons (divided evenly among foil packs)
6 cloves garlic (two per foil pack)
3 tsp of fresh thyme
Sea salt and Pepper to taste
1 Tbsp olive oil
18 asparagus spears (6 per foil pack)
Enough foil to make three pockets to cook the salmon fillets in
1. Preheat your oven to 350°
2. Wash lemons and cut them into slices (not wedges) and layer them on top of the foil. Remove any seeds you come across.
3. Wash asparagus and cut off the hard part of the stock, usually a 1/2 inch on the bottom. Layer the asparagus on top of the lemon slices.
4. Place salmon on top of the asparagus
5. Using a garlic press, or finely chopping yourself, season the salmon with two cloves of garlic, 1tsp of fresh thyme, and salt and pepper to taste.
6. Drizzle with portioned olive oil and wrap up the foil pack.
7. Repeat these steps for remaining foil packs.
8. Place directly on oven rack and bake for about 15-20 minutes.
These foil packs are wonderful for a nutritious quick dinner after a busy day, a weekly meal prep, or a nice weekend lunch with minimal effort!
If you give it a try, let me know what you think in the comments below and feel free to share!