Salmon is an excellent source of low fat protein, and it contains several vitamins and minerals such as potassium, selenium, and vitamin B12. But it is salmon’s healthy fat known as omega 3 fatty acids which tout the fish as a “brain food”. The human body is capable of producing many types of fats, but omega 3 fatty acids are not one of them. Eating foods that are high in this fat is the best way to help prevent certain health conditions. Omega 3 fatty acids help reduce the blood fat known as triglycerides; high levels of triglycerides are known to lead to heart disease. Omega 3 fatty acids may also aid in the fight against depression, asthma, Alzheimer’s, and dementia. Other foods that are great sources of omega 3 oils include walnuts, flax seeds, soy beans, caviar, sardines, chia seeds, and sweet red peppers.
Grilled Lime Cilantro Salmon
First prepare the sauce for the salmon and refrigerate.
(makes 2 servings)
1 – 5.3 oz. container pineapple yogurt (I use Chobani)
Juice of 1 lime
1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
6 oz. fresh cilantro, stems removed
Combine all sauce ingredients in electric mini chopper until smooth and well blended
Refrigerate sauce while preparing salmon
2 salmon fillets
1 tablespoon olive oil
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
Preheat panini press or indoor grill to 350 degrees.
Using a food or pastry brush, apply olive oil to the top of each salmon fillet
Season each salmon fillet with salt and pepper
Place on grill and close lid to obtain sear marks. cook for approximately 4-6 minutes, depending on thickness of salmon fillets.
Using a spatula, carefully remove salmon when fillet becomes light and flaky, and color turns vibrant.
Place salmon on a plate, and drizzle with lime cilantro sauce