Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Superfood Dinner for Two: Salmon and Spinach


One of my New Year's resolutions is to add more foods high in nutritional benefits to my meals. This simple dinner combines several of these "superfoods." Salmon is known for being high in omega-3s, an essential fatty acid, which is effective in lowering your bad cholesterol. Spinach is filled with nutrients such as beta-carotene, lutein, omega-3 fatty acids and B vitamins which help in the fight against cancer, cataracts, cardiovascular disease and age-related macular degeneration. Garlic is known for reducing the risk of cancer and may lower cholesterol as well. Olive oil is high in antioxidants and it also aides in the battle against heart disease. This nutritious plate allows the flavors of the food to take center-stage.

Ingredients
8-12 ounces fresh salmon
Large container (11 ounces) fresh spinach
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
Extra-virgin olive oil
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 350°. Over medium-high, heat a few drizzles of olive oil in an oven safe skillet. Remove excess water from the salmon with a paper towel. Place salmon with skin side up in hot skillet. Cook for 5 minutes on each side. Put the salmon in the 350° oven for another 5 minutes or until it reaches an internal temperature of 130°. Remove from the oven to rest and it should reach a final internal temperature of 140°.

Over medium heat, warm a few drizzles of olive oil in a large pot. Add garlic and begin adding spinach to the pot; continue adding the rest of the spinach as it cooks down. This should take about 3 minutes.

To plate: Divide salmon and spinach into two portions. Serve salmon over a bed of spinach, then crack salt and pepper over top to taste. 


Serves 2 

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