Friday, 25 May 2012

What’s Going On The BBQ Tomorrow – Stuffed Salmon

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You’re thinking what I’m thinking....or dreaming..  Let’s take advantage of this sizzling weather and relax with friends over a BBQ.  Sound good?  I think so.  So what are we cooking?

Did I hear someone say salmon?  Fantastic choice.  I do love salmon.  There’s simply something about its coral and rose coloured flesh that always makes my belly shimmy in joy. 

Why salmon?

Along with other fatty fish, it’s rich in omega-3 polyunsaturated fats of course!  These essential fatty acids have been well documented for their heart protective role.   

What’s more is that an Australian study in Nutrients implied that omega-3s may play a role in appetite suppression and a shift in metabolism for the accretion of lean body tissue.  Obviously we need long-term and well controlled studies to confirm these effects but it certainly is food for thought.

Don’t forget that PUFA rich diets can lower your levels of plasma triacylglycerols and cholesterol too.  This does not mean loading up your plate with PUFA rich oils.  Instead, trade in your saturated fats from butter, baking, processed foods and takeaway meals for nuts, fish, walnuts, soybeans, DHA fortified margarine and canola oil to name a few.

Stuffed salmon

But that’s certainly enough geek talk for now.  Here’s a great suggestion for a BBQ.

Last summer, a wonderful French lady I know picked up a large fresh salmon from a fishmonger.  She then proceeded to fill the centre with sliced onions, carrots and tomatoes.  We dressed the salmon with lemon juice, freshly cracked black pepper and dried herbs. 

After wrapping it in aluminium foil, pop it in the oven or on a blazing hot BBQ for a remarkably regal feast.

Believe me; your guests will be blown away by this exquisite meal.  While that’s cooking, escape the heat for some fresh air with my Spanish Sangria.

Have a wonderful weekend everybody!  Please don’t hesitate to share your favourite salmon recipes below.  I love hearing from you.