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Monday, January 11, 2010
Almond Crusted Alaskan Salmon with Brown Rice and Kale
It's been snowing generously in the Northern Ohio past week.Beautiful blue sky and sun shine after nearly a week,is definitely warming.
Make Hay while the sun shines.Rising Sun peeking through the window Icicles ,ain't that pretty ?
In celebration of the sunshine,here is another one of the quick and healthy 30-minute meals, I love to make more often with combination of different whole grains and greens.Be sure to buy the best ingredients to get the most health value.
Thriving more naturally in Wild ,Alaskan salmon are considered the healthiest and nutritionally better than Farm-raised,for its higher in protein ,omega 3s and lower in lower in Pro-inflammatory Omega 6s.There are many other good reason to avoid the farm raised fish,read here.
Recipe :Almond Crusted Alaskan Salmon
2(6 ounce) Alaskan Wild salmon fillets
1/2 cup raw almonds
5-6 fresh or frozen cranberries
1 tablespoon dried herb mix or use some finely chopped fresh herbs(rosemary or thyme)
1/2 teaspoon hot chili powder
1/2 teaspoon each of ground cumin and coriander
1 big clove garlic,minced or grated
1 teaspoon ginger,minced or grated
3/4 teaspoon salt
Process the almonds in a food processor or blender until coarsely chopped.Add the cranberries,salt and the spices ,pulse again until well mixed.
Preheat oven to 375F.Keep the salmon fillets in lightly grease baking sheet or large cast iron pan.Spread about a tablespoon of the mixture all over the top of the salmon fillets.Baked for 12-15 minutes until the fish is cooked through and the crust is toasted.Serve warm with any kind of whole grains.
Recipe : Spice Seasoned Brown Rice and Garlic sauteed Kale
1 1/2 cup brown rice
few whole spices like cinnamon sticks,cloves,star anise or bay leaf
1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger,(keep whole do not slice)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 small bunch kale,rinsed and chopped
2 cloves garlic,finely chopped
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
Rinse the rice and soak in 2 1/2 cups of water for 10-15 minutes to quicken the cooking process.Add the whole spices,ginger,salt to the rice,partially cover and cook for 25-30 minutes until cooked through.
Saute the Kale,heat oil in pan at medium heat,add the garlic and saute for a minutes then add the Kale and 1/4 cup of water.Season with salt and pepper.Cover and cook until Kale is tender,about 5-6 minutes.Mix in the cooked rice and serve with the salmon.Remove the whole spices and the piece of ginger before serving.