Healthy Eats – Add Salmon For Omega-3s

Crab Stuffed SalmonA healthy diet starts with 3 servings a week of fish for those all important omega 3’s. It makes it even more critical to eat right when you have little ones in daycare that bring home every sickness known to mankind (or at least it seems that way sometimes)!

For those Moms that are always on the go, this recipe can be made quick and easy by using frozen crab cakes (I like the Phillips brand) in place of the crab stuffing recipe below.

Crab-Stuffed Salmon

Ingredients

  • 4 4-oz pieces salmon
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Creole seasoning (I love Emeril’s Original Essence, one of the best Cajun spice mixtures on the market)
  • salt, to taste

Crab Stuffing

  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons scallions or green onions, minced
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons red bell pepper, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 6-oz crab meat
  • 1/4 cup panko crumbs (gluten free are available)
  • 1/2 – 3/4 teaspoon creole seasoning

Topping

  • 1/4 cup Pecorino-Romano cheese, grated

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil.

Cut a pocket horizontally in salmon filets, slicing about 3/4 way through. Drizzle olive oil over salmon and rub seasonings on all sides.

Prepare crab stuffing by heating butter in large skillet and sauteing scallions, red bell pepper and garlic for about 5 minutes. Add crab meat, panko crumbs and seasoning. Stir well and remove from heat.

Divide the stuffing into 4 portions and stuff each filet. Top with cheese and bake in oven for 20-25 minutes. During last 2 minutes place under broiler to brown cheese.

Serves 4.

Wine Pairing: A creamy Chardonnay will nicely compliment the denseness of the salmon as well as the richness of the seafood stuffing.  If you would like something on the lighter side, opt for a Sauvignon Blanc which would pair well with the sweetness of the crab.

I use my T-fal Nonstick Oven Safe Fry Pan, which I bought to use in our timeshare, and now I don’t know what I would do without it. It is not an expensive pan and works extremely well. You can even use regular utensils, as it is resistant to scratches, which is a definite plus over some of the more expensive non-stick skillets.

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