Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Go ... Fish!

Do you want your hair to shine, your nails to grow and your skin to stop being dry, your joints to stop aching and how about the prospect of better brain and eye function as well as a myriad of other health related benefits? Well then – go with Fish!

Fish contains Omega 3 fatty acids. This is not just any fatty acids, this is polyunsaturated fatty acids. As much as you might hope that you could obtain all these great benefits from hamburgers, French fries, pie and ice cream, it won’t come close to happening. The saturated fats that come from these types of food are not healthy for you and should be eaten only in moderation.

Your body can’t live without fat. Even your brain is 60% fat (we could get some great jokes going right about now). Healthy fat is needed in all your cells in order to function and a continuous supply of these fatty acids are needed in order for your body to function at its optimum. Since your body doesn’t naturally produce essential fatty acids on their own, you need to be supplying them to your body on a regular basis.

The American Heart Association recommends two servings of cold-water fish a week. The following recipes: (Walnut Crusted Salmon, Zesty Shrimp Alfredo) will help provide your body with some of the ever needed essential fatty acids. Remember, they are called essential for a reason, but if you just aren’t a seafood lover you can use fish oil supplements. Some of the other sources of Omega 3 fatty acids are flax seeds, walnut, almonds and dark leafy greens.

Seafood can be served in such a great variety of ways. Fish definitely offers superior nutrition and diversity to your menu.

Walnut Crusted Salmon Salad

1 cup finely chopped Walnuts
2 teaspoons dill
6 Tablespoons bread crumbs
1 Tablespoon fresh grated lemon peel
1 Tablespoon olive oil
½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
2 Teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 Pound salmon fillet

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees. Brush the top of the salmon with Dijon mustard.

Mix: The chopped walnuts (or pecans) with the bread crumbs, lemon rind, dill and pepper.

Add: the oil and mix thoroughly with a fork. Press the crust mixture onto the mustard basted salmon to one side only, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes. This will help the crust to adhere to the fish. Place the salmon on a baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes or until the salmon flakes with a fork.

Spicy Alfredo Shrimp

16 large shrimp
2 ½ Tablespoons of butter
1 Tablespoon of Cajun spice

On Medium heat cook the shrimp in the skillet with butter and Cajun seasoning, until the shrimp turn pink. If you are using already cooked shrimp, it only takes a minute to warm the shrimp thoroughly. Prepare two packages of Alfredo sauce according to the instruction on the package. Add the sauce to the spicy, buttered shrimp. Serve this over Linguini or Angel hair pasta. 

Fish is good and good for you!

1 comment:

  1. Love fish around here and fish is abundant in the great Northwest! Thanks for the recipes! :)