Whether you are looking to update your everyday salmon recipes or searching for the perfect Valentine’s Day meal, this is the recipe for you. Prepared and on the table in 15 minutes, you can’t go wrong with this roasted salmon dish. Tart (yet sweet!) frozen raspberries combine with real maple syrup, whole grain mustard and thyme to create a perfectly balanced glaze that is beautiful, simple and delicious! While fresh raspberries may go hand in hand with the holiday they are ridiculously expensive this time of year! It’s hard to feel good about spending in the upwards of $6.00 on a snack-worthy size carton of these little buggers. My solution! Frozen berries (and vegetables) are a staple in our house this time of year. Truthfully, we keep them on hand all year long. They are often more affordable and can even be more nutrient dense.
Consider this: frozen fruits and vegetables are allowed to fully ripen. When they are ripe they are also at their peak nutrient density. Once harvested they are flash frozen. This preserves the majority of the nutrients leaving the frozen options more nutrient dense than their fresh counterparts that have been harvested prior to ripening and shipped long distances. The take-home? If you buy fresh, try to buy local and buy ingredients that are in season. If fresh, in-season ingredients are not available, you can save money and maximize the nutrient density with frozen options.
A little Raspberry Love:
Did you know that berries are a low sugar fruit? Add to that the fact that 1 cup of frozen raspberries boasts a whopping 9 grams of fiber along with a slew of Vitamin C and other immune-boosting antioxidants and well, you have a pretty awesome ingredient on your hands.
Have a bag of frozen raspberries on hand? Try this recipe for a Citrus and Spice Quinoa Breakfast Cereal with Raspberries. It is equally as easy to whip up and would look beautiful served up as a Valentine’s Day Breakfast Bowl.
- 1 1/2 pounds of Salmon cut into 4 filets
- 1 teaspoon whole grain mustard (or a country Dijon blend)
- 1 teaspoon real maple syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon orange zest
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
- 1/4 cup frozen raspberries, defrosted and mashed using a fork
- sea salt and pepper
- Turn oven to Broil (high)
- In a small bowl, combine the mustard, maple, zest, thyme and raspberries.
- Place the salmon in an oven safe baking dish. Season with salt and pepper.
- Glaze the salmon with the raspberry mixture.
- Broil the salmon (8-10 inches from flame) for 8-10 minutes depending on thickness of filet and desired doneness.
- You can mash fresh raspberries if you do not have frozen on hand