If you give a man a fish...

Pete Editor
  • ...he'll live a healthier life! I don't know if you've heard, but omega-3 fatty acids are all the rage these days. Not only are they great for your heart, but new research indicates that a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids can lower your risk of developing type 1 diabetes.


    A primary resource for these fatty acids is fish (as well as walnuts and certain plant oils). Just last week, FoodFit's own Ellen Haas proclaimed the benefits of eating a seafood rich diet. Lately, I've been gravitating toward fish when I go out to eat, but I've always been a little scared of preparing it myself.

     

    This week I faced my fears with FoodFit's Grilled Salmon with Mango-Avocado Relish (click for recipe!). I don't want to spoil anything for you, but let me give you a small taste of how it turned out. This meal was awesome.

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    the stars of the mango-avocado relish, ready for prime time

     

    Let's talk about fear of fish. Ellen talked about what types of fish are safe and unsafe in her blog (grab the link from a few paragraphs up), and offers some resources to foundations and institutes working on making seafood safer for everyone. My main concern has always been freshness. One of the best ways to know you're getting something fresh is to talk to the guy selling it to you, so I took a trip to Washington DC's Eastern Market to get my salmon fillets from Southern Maryland Seafood.

     

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    the salmon got a light coating of olive oil and just a pinch of salt and pepper

     

    One of your greatest tools at the market is the opportunity to ask the farmers and producers any questions about the food they have. This includes asking for tips on the best ways to cook what you're buying right there. I've never run into a seller who wasn't more than happy to give me some pointers.

     

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    this has pretty much become a weekly staple

     

    I felt like I needed a side dish equally as festive and refreshing as my salmon, so I whipped up a Black Bean, Fresh Corn and Red Pepper Salad. Incidentally, it went perfectly with the fish.

     

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    Finally, I rounded off the meal with some Potato Chips Without Hips, sprinkled liberally with Old Bay to give them a kick. All in all, this turned out better than I could have hoped. If you are looking for an easy way to get into the habit of cooking and eating more fish, this is the way to go.

     

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    What will I make next week? You'll have to check back to find out!

     

    Full Disclosure: I am the web producer for FoodFit.com. I'm also a scorpio.

Published On: October 04, 2007