Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Get Happy Eating Healthy
I was just thinking about happiness. Whether young or old(er), working, disabled or retired, one of the things that has always made me happy was knowing I was feeding myself and my family as well as I could. The largest portion of our monthly budget is food. It's not easy to prepare healthy meals when you're working full-time or not feeling especially well. And eating well is expensive. Eating well should include wild-caught fish as part of a good diet. Especially for those of us struggling with poor health or age-related issues and the little ones in our lives that are growing healthy bodies. I've always been aware that I should eat fish but I really have never enjoyed it - until recently. I buy only wild-caught- in- the- U.S. salmon. There are many reasons not to eat farm-raised fish and I'll let you google that. Wild-caught Alaskan salmon is expensive. My local supermarket frequently has specials on frozen Alaskan salmon so that's when I buy it. If I grill it and serve it with a side of rice, vegetable and salad, I prepare it this way: I put defrosted fillets in a shallow dish with even amounts of soy sauce, brown sugar, water, and olive oil (I use about a half cup of everything except the oil for which I use 1/4 cup. Shake on some lemon pepper. Leave this overnight or all day. When you're ready to grill (or broil), discard the marinade and grill or broil in the oven, skin side down until it flakes easily with a fork and has lost its raw appearance. It completely loses its fish taste and my family loves it. Now if you're looking to use wild-caught salmon and want to stretch it for a larger family (or just save some money), poach the defrosted salmon in a shallow pan in an inch of water which you've salted lightly and added some cut-up onion to flavor the fish. Again, when it's fork-flaky, remove the fish and cool it covered in the fridge. Boil up some pasta (I like elbows), gluten-free or not and chill those also. Make this part the night before and dinner is easy-peasy. Shred the salmon, removing any little pin bones. Add the fish to the pasta with whatever mayo you use. Cut up some celery, a bit of onion or scallions, salt and pepper. Now you can get creative with whatever you have in the fridge. You can add sweet pickle relish if you like that, a little mustard if you want some kick. Get creative and serve it on a bed of lettuce and other veggies with a bit of oil and vinegar or your favorite dressing on the greens. I hope you try these recipes and they make you feel happy about eating healthy.