Steamed Salmon & Salad

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When it comes to salmon I can be pretty picky. I mainly like salmon raw as sashimi or sushi. I very rarely like Salmon cooked in terms of being fried or baked in an oven. There was one time my husband made salmon that was a complete freak accident, and it was amazing. The skin on each side was perfectly seared and crispy, while the inside was perfectly cooked. Never again have we been able to recreate it. Never. No matter what we do the sides do not come out crispy, so I gave up. But last week I tried steaming salmon in the rice cooker and it came out perfect! This is now in rotation for dinner because it’s so easy and only takes 30 minutes or less. All I do is put salt and lemon pepper seasoning on top of the salmon, and then drizzle some lemon or lime juice on top and let it steam. Surprisingly the white rice option on our rice cooker perfectly cooks both the rice and fish at the same time limit. I cook basmati rice along with the fish so my husband doesn’t starve, and then we both have it with salad.

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For the past few weeks I have really been liking putting kale into our salads. Kale has a bitter taste that adds both flavor and texture to a salad. I use both kale and red leaf lettuce, with tomatoes and avocado. I also add capsicum if I have any in the fridge. I think salads are usually more appetizing when they have a lot of textures and flavors going on in them. My husband also makes a light dressing that is really good using the following:

Dressing

1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar

1/2 Tbsp Olive Oil

1 Tbsp Steak Sauce

1 Tsp Italian Herbs

Don’t be thrown off by the steak sauce, it adds an extra bite to the flavor! Apple cider vinegar is a great alternative to store bought dressing because it has so much flavor. It’s both tart, sour and sweet. The perfect combination for salads. Apple cider vinegar has countless health benefits too, so this salad is like a superfood beast!

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Strawberry Fields with Sprinkles of Cinnamon

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I had some strawberries that were starting to go to the dark side so I thought I’d add some to my greek yoghurt today. I also like to add cinnamon to a lot of things because it smells and tastes amazing, and it has numerous nutritional benefits. I was dealing with a low immune system and some related health concerns last week and it really made me wonder how much we can help cure and protect our bodies with food and natural remedies, rather than taking medicine, namely antibiotics. The misuse, and overuse of antibiotics is creating superbugs, and it scares me to think that they may not work one day when we really need them.

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I used a plain Greek yoghurt that was 140 calories, with a few cut up strawberries and sprinkled cinnamon on top. I think overall this would only be about 200 calories, which is pretty decent for a very filling breakfast, or snack.

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  • Contains fiber, calcium, iron and manganese.
  • It has the ability to kill certain bacteria, fungi and parasites, and it is used in food preservation.
  • It helps your digestive system, especially if you have an upset stomach.
  • It regulates blood sugar level, which is especially good for diabetics.
  • It can reduce bad cholesterol.
  • It can also aid in weight loss by slowing down the body’s process of breaking down glucose.

I’ve also been trying my hand at making different kinds of healthy desserts that I can serve to my sister-in-law and her husband who have been vegan for over a year now. I’ve tried making vegan cupcakes, and rum balls at Christmas time which turned out pretty good. Today I just made a very basic dessert of strawberries and bananas with cinnamon and dark chocolate (no dairy). The cinnamon once again kicks up the flavor and just makes it a simple and easy little dessert to have at family get-togethers.

Simple Ingredients

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End Result

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With Cinnamon

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So as you can see it’s nothing that’s going to change any lives here, and nothing that probably hasn’t been done before. I did think adding cinnamon gave it a nice twist though, but it depends on whether you like cinnamon or not. I also love to bake peaches and pears with cinnamon, and some honey. Peaches and pears aren’t fully in season yet though so I also used up some bananas that were getting too ripe. I just used the same basic idea again. Nothing to write home about.

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I sprinkled cut up banana pieces with cinnamon first, and then dipped them in the melted chocolate. The melted chocolate by the way was just dark chocolate squares melted down with a bit of water. I didn’t want to add any more sugar to the mixture.

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Bananas are very squishy as you know and hard to deal with so I used sticks to hold them up. It’s easier for people to eat them too. This would also be a good idea for kids birthday parties to have some healthier alternatives. Sprinkles definitely make them look more festive and fun. You could decorate them however you wanted with assorted sprinkles, nuts, or even edible glitter.

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