Mediterranean Inspired Salmon (and turning a negative into a positive)

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I’m always looking for new ways to cook salmon (that and chicken breasts). My usual go-to recipes are Salmon Teriyaki or Basil Lemon Salmon with Spaghetti. But since I have to watch my sugar and carb intake I’m challenged to find new recipes. It’s always uplifting when something that seemed like such a negative event (like finding out I had gestational diabetes) actually became a somewhat positive event in my life. I always thought I knew a fair amount about healthy eating and nutrition, but after attending a program on diabetes and having to monitor my glucose levels during pregnancy, I realized how much I didn’t know and how important it was to actually apply what I learned.  And since my unborn baby’s health is dependent on me and my diet, I have to be even more proactive and discipline with my nutrition and sugar/carb intake (I just hope that I haven’t learned too late into my pregnancy).

So in search of healthier ways to prepare salmon, I came upon this recipe on allrecipes.com.  I made a few changes to what I had at home, instead of basil and cilantro, I used fresh thyme and rosemary. I left out garlic salt and used regular kosher salt. Since I had to bake some vegetables also, I baked my salmon at 450 Fahrenheit instead of broiling. I squeezed some lemon before serving and just like that, I have a new husband-approved recipe to add to my salmon repertoire! And best of all, this recipe does not use any sugar and is still so flavorful and delicious.

So although I was not exactly thrilled when I found out I had gestational diabetes (there may or may not have been some tears 😅), it has made me learn to eat better and healthier, not only for myself, but for my daughter, husband, and this little baby growing in me.

Mediterranean Inspired Salmon (serves 3)
1/4 cup olive oil
1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 fillets salmon
2 sprigs thyme
1 sprig rosemary (3-4 inches)
Salt and pepper

  1. Mix together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, thyme and rosemary in a baking dish. 
  2. Arrange the salmon fillets in the shallow baking dish, sprinkle with salt and pepper, turning once to coat and sprinkle salt and pepper on other side.
  3. Set aside to marinate for 15 minutes. Using a spoon to pour marinade on top of fish every so often.
  4. Preheat oven 450 degree
  5. Bake for about 10 minutes.
  6. Gently turn salmon over. Bake for another 10 minutes.
  7. Squeeze some lemon on top.

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Enjoy!

Fig or Date and Almond Smoothie

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This post was actually suppose to be for a Date and Almond Smoothie recipe, but in my hastiness, I grabbed my bag of dried figs instead of dried dates in our pantry. I didn’t realize it (even as I took this photo) until I finished making the smoothie. Once I noticed my mistake, I gave it a taste to see if it was good enough to still write a post and it was! I felt it was just as good as using dried dates. Even my daughter kept asking more “milkshake”.

I first had this smoothie when we used to live in Loma Linda and once in a while would order produce and meal kits from The Prep Table. One time I ordered a kit for a Date and Almond smoothie to give it a try and was so surprised at how tasty it was. It was super easy to make and helped us incorporate healthy ingredients to our diets like dates and almonds.

You can make this smoothie with any kind of milk you prefer. A positive is that the dried fruit and bananas have so much natural sweetness you don’t have to add any extra sweeteners. I’ve used whole milk in the past but today I used coconut milk and really liked it. I’ve also seen some recipes add turmeric which I was tempted to do, but left it out today to keep it as similar to the smoothie recipe from The Prep Table as possible. So if you’re in a smoothie or snack rut, give this recipe a try, I think you’ll be very happy with it!

Fig or Date and Almond Smoothie (Makes 1 large serving or 2 small servings)
1 cup milk (coconut, almond, or cow)
1/4 cup dried figs or dried pitted dates
1/4 cup almonds
1/2 banana
1/8 tsp of cinnamon
1/2 cup ice

1. Blend on high until very smooth.
2. Pour into glass and enjoy!

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Creamy, sweet, and refreshing!

On that note, see, I promised you guys my next post would be about food!