Lemon Basil Salmon

Good morning!

Today’s recipe is brought to you by one of my favorite foods – fish! I love seafood, but it is often forgotten about when it comes to meal planning. This recipe is easy to use and I hope this post encourages you to include more seafood in your diet!

First of all, what are the health benefits associated with fish like Salmon?

  1. Fish is a healthier source of protein than other meats because it is leaner, meaning it holds less calories and fat than your chicken, pork, or beef choice. Salmon is also lower in cholesterol.
  2. Salmon is known for it’s kick of those healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for cardiovascular and cognitive health.
  3. Other vitamins and minerals found in salmon include: selenium and B vitamins which are good for mental health and boosting your metabolism.

Note: When buying fish, it is always best to go for wild-caught as opposed to farmed.

Being someone who knows more about produce than any kind of meat, I am definitely intimidated to go to the seafood counter at the grocery store. However, both Steven and I wanted to have fish last night, and we knew it would be more cost-efficient, and healthier if we bought and cooked it ourselves as opposed to going out. I am so glad that we sucked it up and asked the guy at Publix for help – he was SUPER helpful and explained the best way to shop for fish. His tip was to have the pieces individually wrapped so you can freeze what you don’t use and save it for later.

Now onto the cooking!! Salmon doesn’t need a lot of fluff because it has so much flavor on it’s own! Here is a basic recipe!

Here is what you’ll need:
Salmon
Juice of 1/2 lemon
dried basil
Olive Oil
Sea Salt
Pepper

Marinate the salmon in lemon juice, basil (or other seasoning), and olive oil. We put it in a glass container, covered in the fridge over night and through the day. Then last night’s cooking was really easy – bake in the oven on 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Take out and add S&P. That’s it, you’re done!!

I served it with black beans and sautaed asparagus tips. So yummy!!

Now tell me, do you like fish? Do you ever cook it at home – are you at all intimidated at the seafood counter?

 

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