Festive Holiday Salmon

While enjoying Christmas with the family, do you ever wonder what that secret ingredient is that makes your favorite dish so satisfying? Well, more than likely that ingredient is BUTTER! That, or sugar - taken right from a page out of a cookbook! Despite this knowledge, it doesn’t change the fact that the meal tastes amazing, but for everyone with dietary restrictions, metabolic disorders, or weight watchers in general, these added sugars and calories could really do some damage to our bodies.

According to research posted in New England Journal of Medicine studies show that the weight you gain in the next 3 months can take over 5 months to lose! Most Americans tend to overindulge during the next couple of months, and not only is Holiday weight-gain real, it also takes our bodies a while to undo the damage. So this year, why not opt for healthier options during Holiday meals, skip those extra sticks of butter, and prepare to look great for the New Year!! Move over Turkey, Salmon is coming in for the win!

Different countries celebrate different Holidays, but many such celebration periods have one thing in common: an increased intake of favorite foods. No one ever said these foods HAVE to be unhealthy. Fish is a great alternative to your Christimas ham or turkey simply because it is more nutritious. Both are a healthy choice for lean Protein for those looking for low-fat, low-calorie options. However, fish contains Omega-3 and essential fatty acids which are beneficial for overall health. Whereas turkey is high in omega- 6 which studies have shown a diet high in omega-6 fatty acids disrupts the balance of pro- and anti-inflammatory agents in the body, promoting chronic inflammation and elevating the risk of health problems such as asthma, allergies, diabetes and arthritis. Salmon is high in Omega-3s which help lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, as well as help to reduce inflammation.

READY IN: 30mins SERVES: 4
4 salmon fillets or 4 salmon steaks
1⁄3 cup cranberry sauce
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon chop shallots or 1 tablespoon onion
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons chopped parsley
salt and pepper

YIELD: about 2 cups   READY IN: 15 minutes
12 ounces fresh cranberries, thawed if frozen
Zest of 1 orange
3/4 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 cup, plus 2 tablespoons honey (plus additional 1 to 2 tablespoons to taste)
1/4 cup water
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

This salmon dish is Christmas-ready and will take less time to prepare, meaning less time in the kitchen and more time with loved ones! We’ll start this recipe with the easiest part, the sauce. Homemade cranberry is the way to go. Simply bring fresh cranberries, orange zest, orange juice, 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of honey, water, and salt to a simmer over medium heat. Continue cooking, stirring often, until the cranberries break down and the sauce thickens. Remove from heat and mix cranberry sauce, Dijon mustard, and shallots (or onions) stir well in a bowl and set aside.


Next, we will prepare the fish. Lay out salmon fillets, in a greased broiling pan,in a single layer. Rub salmon with olive oil, lemon juice, parsley salt and pepper.



Broil salmon in oven for 7 minutes. (about 8 inches from heat source).

  photo via ajillofalltrades.com

photo via ajillofalltrades.com

Remove salmon from oven, spread with cranberry sauce mixture, over top of each fillet. Make sure layer of sauce is fairly even. Place salmon back in oven and broil for another 5-7minutes. Until salmon is done and topping is bubbly.


Server over quinoa or wild rice, with a sprig of rosemary or thyme as garnish (optional.) Now, you’ve just served up a healthier alternative to our Holiday favorite! Balancing your diet with Omega-3-rich salmon is a great start to the Holiday feasts. Christmas is fast approaching, a time traditionally celebrated by taking a moment to give thanks for all that we have. Yes, we live during a time which promotes the road of excess and overindulgence, but there is always an opportunity to cut a new path toward a healthier one. This simple yet satisfying meal will provide sustenance and nutrition within half the amount of time as traditional Thanksgiving main course meals. Cut back on those extra “secret” ingredients like sugar and butter and replace them with complex flavors and healthy alternatives. As traditional and enjoyable as it is to spend that time preparing meals for the ones you love, it is also stressful. Achieve the same sense of satisfaction by creating a meal that is less time consuming and ultimately, more healthy. Happy Holidays from our SMART Pressed family to yours!

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