Salmon with Burst Tomatoes and Green Beans
This meal (or some variation of it) is pretty much a weekly staple in our house, we almost always have salmon on hand and this recipe is so simple, yet it tastes like you’ve spent all day slaving in the kitchen to prepare a delicious and nutritious meal for your friends and family. In reality it takes less than half an hour from start to finish and keeps great in the refrigerator if you have any leftovers. Salmon has to be one of my all time favorite proteins, because of its delicious flavor and numerous health benefits.
There are only two foods that contain more omega-3’s per serving than salmon, and those are walnuts and flaxseeds, however their omega-3’s are in the form of ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) rather than EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) or DHA (docosahexaenoic acid).
Eating salmon as part of your regular diet can put you at a reduced risk for a plethora of cardiovascular diseases including heart attack, stroke, heart arrhythmia, high blood pressure, and more, plus it can improve your mood and cognition. Salmon’s omega 3 to omega 6 ratio is quite impressive as well, and experts agree having a ratio below 1:4 leads to decreased inflammation and can even have anti-aging effects.
That being said, the average person who eats the Standard American Diet (SAD) has an omega 3 to omega 6 ratio approaching 1:25, but if you are following a diet that emphasizes whole sustainable food sources your ratios will naturally be much lower.
We eat a lot of salmon at my house, and I guess I’m making up for lost time. Until I met my wife, and she started cooking for me, I was absolutely repulsed by seafood. I might have been able to handle a blackened tilapia, but everything else was out, no shrimp, no scallops, definitely not any sushi, but I didn’t grow up eating a lot of seafood. The only seafood restaurant near my childhood home was Long John Silvers.
Anyway, I’ve read that our tastebuds completely change every 7 years (I don’t know it that’s true) so go out and try something different, because you may love it now, just like I’ve found a love for salmon and pretty much every other sea species out there. Even Lauren's disdain for ground beef and celery has changed. Crazy huh?
Check out these other resources to read more about the health benefits of salmon and learn more about omega fatty acids:
SALMON WITH BURST TOMATOES AND GREEN BEANS
This quick skillet dinner of Salmon with Burst Tomatoes and Green Beans is as nourishing as it is delicious.
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 (6oz) salmon fillets
- 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
- 6 ounces fresh green beans
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Heat the butter over high heat in a large cast iron skillet. Season salmon with listed spices then place the salmon in the pan skin side down. Cook 5 minutes.
- Add in the green beans and tomatoes around the salmon then transfer to the oven for 5-12 minutes depending on the level of doneness you'd like your salmon to be.