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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Tandoori Salmon--seriously good!

It is great fun to venture into the taste buds of another culture. The spices used, the aromas and the flavors can be so different from what we are used to that they can awaken our senses to new and enjoyable meals. This simple Tandoori Salmon (246 cal) did just that for us recently. The spices were a mix of ginger, turmeric and cumin (all really good spices for our health!). The mix definitely woke up the palate without setting it on fire. The addition of the Cilantro-Yogurt Sauce helped balance of the heat. So did the cauliflower mashed potatoes (101 cal). The meal was rounded out with roasted brussel sprouts (37 cal/the link I provided adds 2 tablespoons of olive oil but I save calories by only using olive oil cooking spray).

Here are the recipes I couldn't find a link for:

Tandoori Salmon-
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 (6-ounce) salmon fillet
Cooking Spray
Cilantro-Yogurt sauce

Heat up the broiler. Combine first 5 ingredients in a small bowl; rub over fillets. Place fillets on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray; broil 9 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness. Serve with Cilantro-Yogurt Sauce. Yield: 4 servings (serving size 1 fillet and 1/4 cup sauce).

Cilantro-Yogurt
1 cup plain low-fat yogurt
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon grated lime rind
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
2 garlic cloves, minced

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Cover and chill until ready to serve. Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1/4 cup). From Cooking Light Fresh Food Fast 24/7.

All in all it was an easy meal to make which offered interesting flavors for a satisfying meal. It got a thumbs up from the family. A definite repeat. Total calories for the meal: 384. From Cooking Light Fresh Food Fast 24/7.