Grilled Miso Salmon

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I guess I’m on a fish kick, but I just didn’t want to miss telling you about this delicious salmon. After enjoying it in many SOCAL (Southern California) restaurants, I decided to go home and make my own. It has been a big success with friends and family.

NOTE: Use wild caught salmon. Farm raised salmon are fed soy and dyes (to get their red color).

Grilled Miso Salmon Recipe

Ingredients:
2-4 salmon filets (without skin)
3 tablespoons Miso Paste, white organic (refrigerated)
1 teaspoon dark sesame oil (in the Asian section of your supermarket)
2 teaspoons Bragg Liquid Aminos (a healthy,  low sodium and better tasting alternative to soy sauce)
Sesame Seeds, toasted

Instructions:
In a small bowl, combine miso, sesame oil, Bragg Liquid Aminos. Coat the top and bottom of the salmon with the miso mixture. Sprinkle sesame seeds on the top and bottom of fish. Grill fish. Fish is especially delicious if you grill it on a cedar plank pre-soaked in water.

If you live in Lawrence County, Tennessee, you can find white miso paste in the refrigerator section of Oriental Pearl in Florence, Alabama. Whole Foods or Earth Fare also carry it. If you can only find red miso paste, it’ll work just as well. Earth Fare carries organic white miso.

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Nut Crusted Fish Delish

Here’s a healthy alternative to breaded fish.  Nuts replace the bread crumbs. It tastes great on salmon, tilapia, orange roughy or halibut. My favorite is macadamia nut crusted salmon and almond crusted tilapia. Believe me, you won’t miss the bread! Besides, it’s been reported that people who eat a handful of mixed nuts on a daily basis are 20% less likely to die from heart diseases, cancer or other ailments. Read 7 Nuts That Help You Live Longer written by the Huffington Post.

Nut Crusted Fish Delish Recipe
2-4 fish fillets without skin (wild caught is healthier than farm raised)
1 cup roasted nuts (almonds, cashews, macadamia, peanuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachio, walnuts), ground
1 tablespoon basil (dried or fresh)
1 tablespoon Italian parsley, fresh
2 tablespoon parmesan, grated
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon of fresh ground pepper
2 TBS olive oil

Grind nuts, basil, parsley, parmesan, salt and pepper in a food processor. Place in a shallow dish. Coat each piece of fish with the crust mixture. Pack it on. Set aside. Heat a frying pan on medium-high heat with olive oil. Make sure pan is hot before adding fish. Cook fish about 3 minutes until brown, then flip it over and cook 2-3 minutes. If fish is thick, place in a baking dish and finish off in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes. Enjoy this delicious dish with my Asian red beans and rice.

Makes 2-4 servings

Asian Red Beans and Rice

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In my youth, my mother and father returned from dinner with friends with the most delicious recipe for red kidney beans using soy sauce. Having always loved that recipe, I decided to make something similar using red kidney beans, black rice, garlic, sesame oil and my alternative ingredient to regular soy sauce, Bragg Liquid Aminos.

Bragg Liquid Aminos, a natural soy sauce alternative, is the most delicious and healthy soy sauce you’ll ever use. It’s gluten free, kosher, no alcohol, not fermented, no preservatives, non-GMO (approved by the Non-GMO Project) and contains 16 amino acids. It’s lower in sodium at 396 mg per teaspoon compared to low-sodium soy sauce at 575 mg and regular soy sauce at 920 mg per teaspoon. If you live locally (in Lawrence County, TN), you can purchase it at Duncan and Sons Market. Whole Foods and Earth Fare also carry Bragg.

Kroger carries the black rice. (The black rice should really be called red rice. When it’s cooked, it becomes very red.)

Asian Red Beans and Rice Recipe
1/2 cup long-grain white rice
1/2 cup black rice
2 cups water
1 (12 oz.) can organic kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 TBS of Bragg Liquid Aminos, divided

Bring rice and water to a boil. Remove from heat and cover undisturbed for 20-30 minutes.

In a skillet, heat olive oil on medium high heat. Wait till heated. Add red beans. Once heated, add garlic. Stir for 1 minute. Add 1 tablespoon of Bragg Liquid Aminos. Stir till well combined and heated. Combine rice, beans and 1 tablespoon of Bragg Liquid Aminos. This side pairs well with chicken or fish. Serves 4.