have little experience cooking. Let me share with you some tips and techniques to
help you exercise your culinary muscles healthfully and with flair!
Here’s the thing: it’s all about the love. What better way to express that love
to your sweetie than to prepare a meal that is not only delicious but also is
Yep, I said it. The easiest way to stay healthy is by
staying put in your own kitchen, where you have control over the quality of the
ingredients. The salmon in my recipe is high in Omega-3 fatty acids, and the
fruits and vegetables pack lots of antioxidants. Now that’s the real food of love!
Part of why I always have loved salmon — the main attraction in this dish
— is because preparing it is so simple. But simplicity isn’t all it’s about. This dish
is full of flavor, too. The extra virgin olive oil, garlic and lemon give it a clean,
fresh taste. And the brightly colored vegetables add texture and flavor that’s
delicious with fish! Portobello mushrooms add a steak-like element your sweetie
won’t want to miss.
To take advantage of the full health benefits of salmon, you’ll want your fish
to be fresh. When choosing salmon, look for these three signs of quality:
1. The freshest salmon filet will be firm to the touch.
2. The flesh will be a nice light red (containing high amounts of healthenhancing
3. The fish won’t smell “fishy.” A light, mild scent is what you should seek.
Your fishmonger at the market will be happy to cut your salmon into 1-inch
cubes, the perfect size for our recipe.
It has been said that the way to the heart is through the stomach. This is almost always true, so why not try being a chef for your sweetheart this year? Here’s one last hint: True love would be doing the dishes, too! Are you feeling the love already?
Chef Robert’s Salmon Skewers of Love
2 medium-size fresh salmon filets
2 tablespoon fresh garlic
. cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon fresh basil
2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 red pepper
2 green peppers
1 red onion
1 large Portobello mushrooms
4 bamboo skewers
Skin salmon and cut it into 1-inch pieces if your fishmonger hasn’t already
done the job for you. Mix garlic, oil, basil and lemon juice in a bowl. Combine
with salmon and refrigerate for 2 hours.
Place skewers in cold water for 10 minutes before building them. (This will
keep them from burning.) Cut veggies into 1-inch pieces.
Alternate peppers, onions, mushrooms, and salmon on skewers. Place on a
hot grill for 8 to 10 minutes, turning often, or place on a baking sheet in a 375-
degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Serves 4.
Nutrition per serving: 226 calories, 26.5 grams fat, 9.31 grams carbohydrates
and 40 grams protein