With the start of the new year, comes the inevitable New Years Resolutions. Suddenly everyone has begun resolving to study harder, be kinder, party less, party more, quit smoking, and, of course, get in shape! When it comes to getting in shape it is important to remember that eating healthy and exercising go hand in hand. To get the best results and to feel the healthiest, you must do both. In creating the proper diet to allow for an active lifestyle, people often turn to high-protein foods. Protein is one of those super nutrients that, when digested, gives people greater energy as well as helps develop muscle.
When most people think of high-protein foods, their brain immediately turns to heavy meats like steak and ground beef. Now I can certainly appreciate the art in a well cooked, juicy steak, but when looking to make healthy meal choices, it isn’t really your best option, and let’s not forget the issue of being on a student’s budget. Although meats like steak and ground beef are high in protein, they are also high in fat. And I don’t know about you, but when I have steak it is always accompanied by potatoes, which adds additional carbs and fat to the meal. The next time you’re looking for a healthy dish to make for dinner, set your sights on the sea! Not only is fish high in protein, it is also very lean, not to mention it pairs beautifully with vegetables, allowing you to step away from the carbs. Popular fish like salmon is readily available at any supermarket, as well as the ingredients required to prepare the fish. Two of my favourite salmon recipes, Maple Glazed Salmon and Citrus and Fresh Herb Salmon are easy, fast, healthy, satisfying and do not require many ingredients! The portion sizes of these recipes can also be altered easily to cater to more or less people.
Tip: Serve steamed vegetables on top of your fish and garnish with additional fresh herbs to create a striking presentation!
The Drink: Since you’ve been so good with this healthy meal, why not cheat a bit! Serve your baked fish with a wheat beer. The creamy texture and sweet flavour of the beer complements baked, grilled, and pan fried fish. Look for Belgian and German beer for the best and largest variety of wheat beers. Belgian witbiers are also spiced with orange peel and coriander an excellent accompaniment to your salmon. Mill Street’s Belgian Witbier is a homegrown selection, and there are many imports available.
1/4 cup maple syrup
4 tsp grainy mustard
4 tsp soy sauce
2 Il salmon fillet
pepper to season
1. In a bowl, whisk the maple syrup, grainy mustard, and soy sauce until combined.
2. Season salmon fillets with pepper and lay in one layer in a baking dish.
3. Spoon the glaze over the fish reserving a few tablespoons.
4. Bake fish in a 400º oven for about 10 minutes, or until fish flakes easily.
5. Serve with reserved glaze drizzled on top.
2 salmon steaks or fillets
3 lemon slices + about 1 tbsp more
3 lime slices + about 1 tbsp more
3 thyme sprigs
3 oregano sprigs
6 lemon balm leaves (if you don’t have lemon balm, simply grate some lemon zest)
8 fresh chives
salt and pepper to season
1. Preheat oven to 400º. Season both sides of salmon steaks or fillets with salt and pepper.
2. Lay salmon onto a piece of aluminum foil, large enough to securely fold salmon up with.
3. Arrange herbs evenly on top of salmon and top with lemon and lime slices.
4. Fold in aluminum foil to completely cover and seal salmon.
5. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until salmon flakes easily when tested with a fork. Let sit in foil for an additional 2 minutes. Remove, squeeze about 1 tbsp each of fresh lemon and lime juice over, and serve.
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