Thursday, May 5, 2011

Ginger-Walnut Salmon and Asparagus

I checked out an excellent cookbook from the library that I'd like to share with you. It has so many recipes I've marked to try, this book will most likely be one I will purchase for my own collection in the future. It's the 8th edition of The New American Heart Association Cookbook (ISBN 978-0-307-40757-3). The recipe below is one from their seafood section and is quick, easy to prepare and delicious! As it bakes in the foil pouch, the topping thickens and becomes a sweet and tangy glaze. The walnuts add a satisfying crunch, not to mention even more Omega 3 fatty acids to a dish already generous with them. It is truly a heart-healthy main course!

Ginger-Walnut Salmon and Asparagus
Makes 4 servings

Cooking spray
12-20 medium asparagus spears
4 salmon fillets (about 5 ounces each)
1/4 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
3 tablespoons honey or agave nectar
1½ tablespoons Worcestershire sauce (low sodium)
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon grated ginger root
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon crystallized ginger (chopped)

1. Preheat oven to 450-degrees. Lightly spray four 15" x 12-inch sheets of aluminum foil with cooking spray. Place 3 to 5 asparagus spears in the center of each. Top with the salmon, skin side down.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, honey, Worcestershire sauce, cornstarch and ginger root until the sugar is dissolved. Spoon over the top and sides of the fish. Sprinkle with the walnuts and crystallized ginger. Wrap the foil loosely and seal tightly (this leaves room for the heat to circulate inside). Place the packets on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes.

3. Being careful to avoid steam burns, slowly open a packet and check the salmon for doneness. If it isn't quite ready, reseal the packet and bake a few minutes longer. Open the packets carefully. Remove the skin if desired (tongs work well). Transfer the fish and asparagus to plates, top with sauce and serve immediately.

Nutritional Information per serving: 357 calories, 34 g carbohydrate, 10 g total fat, 1.5 g saturated fat, 118 mg sodium, 3 g fiber, 34 g protein.

Recipe from the book The New American Heart Association Cookbook 8th edition, Clarkson Potter Publishers, New York, copyright 2010. p. 159.

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