By Leah Dudley
There are so many ways to prepare tasty foods while you are learning to change your eating habits. It just takes a bit of imagination and a little creativity in your kitchen!
One really smart thing to do is to stock your pantry with a variety of spices and learn how to use them in your cooking. I buy organic spices in bulk (they are much less expensive) store them in my freezer. You can make all sorts of spice mixes to use with your food. But even if you don’t want to go to that extent there are many good spice mixes available at the grocery store to enhance the flavor of your food.
I also cook with olive oil. It has many health benefits and is a wonderful source of monounsaturated fatty acids and antioxidative substances. You should look for organic extra virgin first cold pressed olive oil. It also makes a really good base for all kinds of salad dressings.
This is a quick and easy recipe that makes a really good meal whether you are cooking for yourself or having a dinner party.
Grilled Salmon and Wild Rice with Toasted Sesame Seed Lemon Broccoli
Fillet of wild caught salmon for 4 servings
Uncle Ben’s Original Wild Rice
3-4 Broccoli heads
Blackened Salmon Seasoning or similar product
Kosher Salt and Black Pepper to taste
2 Tablespoons Butter
Brush salmon with olive oil and sprinkle with salmon seasoning on both sides. Let marinate for at least 30 minutes. Place on baking sheet and grill under broiler or in skillet on a burner with a little additional olive oil for 4-5 minutes per side or until it loses transparency and flakes with fork.
Cook wild rice according to directions on package. I usually add 1 Tablespoon olive oil instead of butter.
Wash and cut broccoli into large flowerettes. Steam broccoli until just tender crisp…it will be a bright green color. I usually do this right before serving my meal.
In small dry skillet heat about 3-4 tablespoons sesame seeds over medium high heat until toasted. Add butter and stir until just melted. Remove from heat and add 2 tablespoons olive oil and zest and juice from lemons.
Plate your food with wild rice topped with salmon. Arrange broccoli flowerettes around edge of plate and drizzle with sesame seed mixture.
This recipe will make approximately 4 servings.
Hope you like my recipe…have fun in your kitchen…
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