Monday, November 26, 2012

Between holidays: Let's eat healthier!

Went to my gym this morning and it was more crowded than usual. It's rather obviously an appropriate time to atone for the (wonderfully long) holiday weekend indulgence with better health habits than most of us probably practiced over Thanksgiving.
Simple dinners, consisting of gently cooked lean protein and fresh vegetables, will be on our menu this week -- along with a few remaining leftovers such as turkey and cranberries.

Here's a recipe for poached salmon, from Food & Wine, that I think you'll enjoy. 

Recipe: Poached Salmon with Cucumber Raita
Serves 4
1 1/2 quarts water
1 1/2 cups dry white wine
3 tablespoons vinegar
1 onion, sliced
1 carrot, sliced
9 sprigs parsley
3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon peppercorns
3 bay leaves
3 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and grated
1 3/4 cups plain yogurt
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground
black pepper
Four 6-ounce salmon filets

1. In a large deep frying pan, combine the water, wine, vinegar, onion, carrot,
parsley, thyme, peppercorns, bay leaves, and 2 1/4 teaspoons of the salt. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, for 10 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, in a medium glass or stainless-steel bowl, combine the cucumber and the remaining teaspoon salt. Let sit for 10 minutes. With your hands, squeeze the cucumber and discard the liquid. Put the cucumber back into the bowl and add the yogurt, garlic, mint, and ground pepper.Refrigerate until ready to serve.
3. Add the fish to the liquid in the pan and bring back to a simmer. Simmer, partially covered, until the fish is just barely done (it should still be translucent in the center), about 4 minutes for a 1-inch-thick fillet. Remove
the pan from the heat and let the fish sit in the liquid for 2 minutes. Transfer to plates and, if you like, remove the skin. Serve the salmon warm or at room temperature. Top with the raita and then sprinkle the raita with the paprika.

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