One of the best ways to ensure Second life and Real Life longevity is to maintain a healthy diet. Eating too much red meat and dishes that are high in added sugars, sodium, trans fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol can lead to serious health issues such as coronary heart disease. One very good item to substitute red meat with is fish. My favorite fish is salmon.
Although it can be a bit costly, the health benefits are worth the money. Salmon is a great source of a powerful antioxidant, Vitamin E, and Omega-3 oil, which actually lower the risk of coronary heart disease. Omega-3 also decreases the risk of certain cancers as well. Moreover, it contains Vitamins A, B6, B12, and D. This particular fish is an excellent source of essential amino acids and high quality protein.
I find that salmon is a fast and easy dinner to prepare on a hot summer day. It can be grill or baked and take little effort to make perfectly. I would like to share with you one of my favorite dishes. In this recipe salmon is paired with another healthy food, Asparagus. Don’t take my word for it. Try it out and feel free to leave a comment below and let us all know how it turned out.
4 (6 oz) skinless salmon fillets
1 lb asparagus, tough ends trimmed
2 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 lemon thinly sliced
Fresh dill sprigs, or chopped fresh thyme, rosemary or parsley
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut four sheets of aluminum foil about 14-inch long.Divide asparagus into 4 equal portions (about 8 spears per foil packet) and layer in center of each length of foil.
In a small bowl stir together oil with garlic. Drizzle 1 tsp of the oil over portion of asparagus then sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Rinse salmon and allow excess water to run off, then season bottom of each fillet with salt and pepper. Layer fillets over asparagus. Drizzle top of each salmon fillet with 1 tsp of the olive oil mixture and season top with salt and pepper to taste.
Top each with about 2 sprigs dill and 2 lemon slices (if using fresh thyme or rosemary use about 3/4 tsp per each if using parsley use 1 1/2 tsp).
Wrap sides of foil inward over salmon then fold in top and bottom of foil to enclose.
Place foil pouches in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven until salmon is cooked through, about 25 – 30 minutes.
Unwrap and serve warm.