Do you regularly include salmon or fish in your weekly meal plan? We believe fish, particularly salmon to be an important proponent of our weekly food plan, here's why.
Salmon features an abundance of all the things you need to rebuild your body to both look and perform better - high in protein and a great source of fats.
Proteins make up 20% of the human body - everything from our muscles, and tissues to the very structure of our cells. From an exercise standpoint, proteins are required to repair and rebuild our muscles after exercise and injury.
The good fats are an integral part of every meal - not only do they satiate, they boost brain development and speed up recovery from exercise or injury. A number of vitamins and minerals are fat soluble meaning that the human body cannot absorb them without the presence of fats, so it is important to include good fats on a daily basis. Salmon is a fantastic source of good natural fats because it is high in the omegas.
Anyone struggling with sore muscles post injury should look to include salmon twice a week – the additional protein will also help with muscle recovery.
When buying salmon, look for non-farmed or as ‘free range’ as possible; farmed salmon is shownto be higher in mercury and heavy metals.
Today we are including a lot of garlic and ginger to boost the metabolism and strengthen the immune system, as well as tomatoes, which are high in lycopene, a compound said to help protect against cancer.
As usual we have lots of green leafy vegetables - today we’re having broccoli!
Here is our Salmon Couscous, a simple family favourite which is perfect for busy evenings in a rush because it's tasty, nutritious and ready to serve in 15 minutes.
The Recipe - Fresh Salmon with Couscous
In a large frying pan, heat coconut oil,
1 clove garlic
1 red onion
½ cm fresh root ginger
Cook until fragrant and soft.
Add chopped tomatoes or ½ a can of tomatoes
Place salmon fillets flesh side down in the sauce, season with salt and pepper,
Cover and steam until cooked to your liking (about 5-10 minutes).
Meanwhile, prepare couscous and broccoli
In a saucepan, add 1 part couscous to 1.5 parts water, a dash of chicken stock, a little bit of butter, plus pepper to taste. Simmer gently until the water is absorbed.
In a third pan, fry garlic in coconut oil until fragrant, add chopped broccoli and a splash of water, cover and steam until cooked.
Serve couscous topped with salmon, fresh parsley or coriander and the tomato sauce with a side of broccoli.
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