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Recipe: Baked salmon with kale (gluten free)

As a therapist specializing in helping people cope with speciality and restricted diets, Elika Kormeili, knows the importance of finding tasty recipes. Here is an easy recipe (gluten free) that you can try at home. It also comes with a little speil about nutrition.

Proper nutrition is an important factor in healthy living.  Why is what you eat so important?
1) Food provides fuel to keep the body running smoothly.
2) You are what you eat-do you really want to be a glazed donut?
3) The food you eat impacts your mood, your energy and even your sleep!

We know, we know, you don’t have time to cook. Well, here is a healthy, tasty and easy recipe that doesn’t take much effort!

What is the health benefit of salmon?

Salmon is high in omega-3 and also rich in vitamin D and selenium. Salmon may help with inflammation, eye health, cardiovascular health, cancer prevention, cognitive functioning as well as skin and hair health (to make your dermatologist proud). When the body experiences selenium deficiency, a variety of health problems can develop, such as thyroid disorder, psoriasis, heart illness and viral infections. A diet rich in omega-3s and selenium is also great for your skin and hair (who wouldn’t want to look better by eating?)

What is the health benefit of kale?
Our Founder, Elika Kormeili, read a great article about the many benefits of kale such as it helps with cancer prevention, it is a great source of calcium which helps with bone health, and is great for vision and oral health (less painful trips to the dentist would make me happier).

4 fillets of wild caught salmon (wild caught is healthier because it doesn’t have all the extra preservatives).
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
2 cloves garlic (also a source of selenium)
4 cups raw kale
1 tomato
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 cup water

1) Preheat the oven (or toaster oven) to 375. Boil 1 cup of water.
2) Mix the vinegar with the mustard. Finely chop to garlic and add to the mixture. Chop the tomato and add it to the mixture (add salt and pepper to taste). Add the olive oil. Put the fish in the bowl with the mixture to marinate (best if you can let it marinate while you are at work or overnight to get rid of the fishy smell).
3) Place the kale in a steamer and let it steam (about 3-5 minutes).
4) Place the fish on an oven safe dish (skin side down) and spoon the marinate on top.
5) Bake the fish for 20-25 minutes.
6) Once cooked remove the fish from the oven. Divide the fish and kale equally into 4 plates.
**Can enjoy with brown rice or quinoa but it really doesn’t need it.
****Don’t put the kale in the oven-it becomes dry and tastes bitter (lesson from experience).

Easy enough? Tasty? Let us know what you think of this recipe.

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