Grilled Salmon and Gruyere Grilled Cheese

If you missed it last week, I mentioned that April is National Grilled Cheese month. I wanted to share one of my grilled cheese recipes from my latest cookbook 150 Best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. I recently shared this recipe for Salmon and Gruyere Grilled Cheese with The Southeastern United Dairy Association’s blog Dairy Delivers along with some other cheese and nutrition tips. I love this super easy recipe which can be found here. For more recipes like this one order your copy today here.

 

10 Foods Great for Healthy Skin

Summer is now upon us, and this is the time of year to really take care of your skin. Many doctors say the more attention we pay to what we put in our body, the more it will help with skin problems later. I thought I would share some of my favorite foods that are great for healthy skin. Let me know if you have any favorites to add to my list.

 

1. Blueberries and Strawberries-Foods high in antioxidants are ideal for healthy skin. These should be on your summer list while they’re in peak season.

2. Green Tea-Green tea contains phenols which have anti-inflammatory properties. It has been said that drinking green tea daily can even prevent skin cancer.

3. Avocados-Filled with essential oils and B-complex vitamins, avocados are filled with Niacin (vitamin B3) which is important for healthy skin.

4. Almonds, Pumpkin Seeds and Walnuts-These nuts, filled with vitamin E, zinc and magnesium, are great for your skin.

5. Salmon-Contains essential fatty acids, omega-3 and omega-6 and can help create great moisturized looking skin.

6. Water-Many of us have heard it before, but water keeps you hydrated and keeps the skin healthy and younger looking. Make sure you drink at least 8 glasses a day.

7. Low-Fat Yogurt-Dairy products are full of Vitamin A necessary for healthy skin. Try Greek yogurt or even low-fat cottage cheese if you like.

8. Carrots-An excellent source of Vitamin A, carrots also contain high amounts of beta-carotene and antioxidants which helps prevent damage to the skin.

9. Mangoes-Mangoes are high in Beta Carotene and Vitamin A, and they are a good source of antioxidants. These have also been called an “acne cure”.

10. Kiwi-Kiwi packs more vitamin C than any other fruit which helps maintain collagen in our skin.  Collagen helps keep the skin firm.

Salmon-Pasta Salad

Salmon Pasta Salad has to be one of my favorite new salad recipes. My sister gave me this recipe which she found in Ellie Krieger’s Book, “So Easy”. She brought me some, and I was hooked. Made with Greek yogurt, fresh lemon juice, dill and peas, this salad can’t be beat. Use canned wild red salmon and frozen green peas to make things even easier and quicker. I love eating this every day for lunch, but this would make a fabulous recipe for Mother’s Day or a spring shower.

Under 30 Minutes: Salmon with Pineapple-Pomegranate Salsa

If you’re looking for a dinner idea under 30 minutes, try Salmon with Pineapple-Pomegranate Salsa. This main dish is incredibly heart-healthy, pretty and filled with great flavors. This salmon recipe is truly one of my favorites. Start simply by combining maple syrup and Dijon and brushing the mixture over the fish. Top it with the easy, fresh Pineapple Salsa combination made with chopped fresh pineapple, fresh cilantro, lime juice and pomegranate seeds. When pomegranate seeds are out of season, you can substitute fresh blueberries or dried cherries. Feel free to also grill the salmon when grilling season rolls around. Enjoy this dish for a weeknight or weekend, and serve it with your favorite rice and a mixed green salad.

My Top 10 Favorite “Power” Foods

I get a lot of email, and I mean, a lot. So many people ask me cooking questions, nutrition questions, entrepreneur advice, blog advice, social media advice, have comments and more. Sometimes, I get the simple questions such as, “How do you keep so fit? “What do you eat all day?” etc. I thought I would share my top 10 favorite “power” foods. When I say “power”, I mean foods that I love, foods that I feel give me energy, keep me healthy and foods I can’t go without most every day.

1. Greek Yogurt-With 2.5 grams of protein per ounce and hardly any fat or carbs, what could be better? I stir honey into mine with blueberries or bananas, nuts or whole grain cereal, and I eat it for breakfast or an afternoon snack. It is so filling and tastes great (I use the nonfat or low-fat by the way). See Greek Yogurt Banana Bread

2. Blueberries-These have the highest antioxidant value of all fruit plus they have many vitamins: B, C, E, and they boost your immune system. We always have a bowl of fresh blueberries ready to grab. See  Blueberry Pancakes

3. Almonds or Walnuts-These are a great heart-healthy snack filled with protein, vitamins, minerals and good for your digestive system. I don’t go one day without a handful. See Chunky Granola

4. Acai or pomegranate juice-Acai has been said to have antioxidant benefits and anti-aging properties and omega fatty acids. I think it gives me energy as well. You can buy the frozen Sambazon smoothie packs at Whole Foods, in solid bars, or in a bottle (I like the 100% Genesis Today Acai juice).  See Cranberry Pomegranate Granita

5. Salmon-High in the health promoting fat, omega 3 fatty acids, high protein, and low in calories. I prefer Alaskan wild salmon. Salmon is one of my tried and true favorites. The best part of all is that my 3 kids love it too. See Salmon Burgers

6. Edamame-High in protein, fiber and calcium and low in calories and fat.  I can’t get enough of these. I purchase them already shelled in the frozen section and just thaw. They are great served in a salad, as a snack or as a topping. See Edamame Salsa

7. Gold Bars-These bars are my all-time favorite snack bars. With 11 grams of protein from soy, nuts and whole grains, these satisfy my hunger as well as sugar cravings. I love them in the morning with coffee or as a snack. See Grab the Gold Bar

8. Flaxseed-High in fiber and omega 3 fatty acids, I put ground flaxseed in everything from cereal, to yogurt, granola and even as a crust on salmon or chicken. See Flaxseed Crusted Salmon

9. Arugula-High in Vitamin C and K, I love arugula for it’s peppery taste and beautiful color. Try it with golden raisins, nuts and freshly shaved Parmesan or simply topped with grilled chicken or steamed shrimp. I’m a huge fan and can’t get enough of it. See Black Eyed Pea Salad over Arugula

10. Dark Chocolate-Dark Chocolate is said to contain flavonoids so it’s heart healthy, contains antioxidants and may even reduce aging. Try Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Easy Healthy Comfort Food: Salmon Croquettes

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I grew up eating salmon croquettes once a week, so I like to occasionally make them for my family for dinner. I developed this lower in fat, high protein version using wild Alaskan red salmon (I like Pillar Rock), panko breadcrumbs, egg whites, Dijon mustard, nonfat yogurt and basil. These are fabulous served with a salad and your favorite side dish and, to me, are true comfort food that are family-friendly.

Simple Salmon with Fresh Herbs and Vegetables

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We love salmon at my house and eat it once a week so I am always trying to come up with new ways to prepare it. That way I can keep serving it, and the kids won’t get bored with eating it. People ask me all the time, how do I get my kids (7, 9 and 11) to eat fish? I really don’t have any special trick. I just cook it often, and they started eating it. I also shared with them how healthy it is, and that was an added bonus. In the past few years, I have developed probably over 100 salmon recipes, most of which were cooked on the grill. But, I also like salmon cooked in the oven. In developing this recipe, I have to be honest. I truly just looked in my refrigerator and pulled out what I had in the vegetable bin: fresh herbs, bell peppers and a can of diced tomatoes from the pantry. Everyone was very impressed! The presentation was outstanding, and the flavors were even better.  

Easy Salmon with Fresh Herbs and Vegetables

Prep: 20 minutes

Cook: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

11/2 pounds wild salmon fillets, skinned

Cooking spray

2 teaspoons olive oil

2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1/2 red bell pepper, thinly sliced

1/2 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced

1/2 small onion, thinly sliced

1 clove garlic, minced

3 tabespoons chopped fresh basil

2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley

1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme

1 (141/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano

Preparation

1. Preheat the oven to 400F.

2. Place salmon in an aluminum foil-lined 13- x 9-inch baking dish lightly greased with cooking spray. Sprinkle salmon with olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Top with bell peppers and remaining ingredients.

3. Bake until the salmon is just cooked through, about 20 minutes or until desired degree of doneness.