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Very often we mum's think of healthy and interesting food options that we can make for our kids especially when they are back from school knowing that their lunch boxes never come back home empty. Hence I always feel its important to give them a healthy and wholesome snack once they are home. When my kid comes home from school I always try and give him some source of carbohydrate combined with proteins along with this, a fruit and milk, or puddings made from milk. Kids normally can't eat too much at one time, so the portions can be small but giving them a little from each of these food group ensures a balanced meal.

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Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Steamed Salmon.

Salmon fillets (I have used 2 fillets).

2-3 tbsp of ginger cut into thin and long strips.
Chopped spring onions (use the green part of the stalk).
Fresh lemon juice.
1-2 tbsp Kikkoman soy sauce. (You can also use light soy or dark soy sauce, dark soy will give you a darker color).

The bottom part of spring onion's stalk. These are more whitish and less greener. Cut diagonally into thin diamond shaped strips. Keep this aside as it will be used for garnishing in the end.

1-2 tbsp sesame oil.
Few stems of fresh green coriander.

Wash well in running tap water, drain excess water and marinate the salmon fillet with little salt (as the soy sauce will have salt in it as well). Sprinkle all the ginger on the fillets.

Squeeze lemon juice.

Add all the chopped spring onions (use the green part here).

Pour the soy sauce onto the fillets. You can put 5-6 fresh coriander stems on top of the fillets about 3-4 inches long.

Prepare your steamer and allow the water to come to a boil.

Once the water has started to boil, steam the salmon fillets for 20 minutes on a medium high flame. Keep the steamer covered with a lid during the entire steaming process.

I have kept a heavy container so as to not allow any steam to escape.

After 20 minutes switch off the flame and open the steamer 5 minutes after switching off the gas. Do not open immediately as the hot piping steam coming out may burn you hands.

You may want to pour some more soy sauce on top of the fillet.

Now heat sesame oil in a small container. Once the oil has become hot, pour it onto the fish fillets.

Add the diagonally chopped spring onions that were kept aside to be used for garnishing in the end.

Steamed salmon is ready. You can have it just like that accompanied with some salad or even with rice. In the picture below you can see the watery juice. You can pour the juice on rice and have it. It has a great flavor with all the steamed ginger and spring onions.

The health benefits of eating salmon include speeding up your metabolism. This facilitates your sugar absorption rate and can lower your blood sugar level, which in turn lowers your risk of developing diabetes.
The Omega-3 acids and amino acids help prevent macular degeneration. This is an age-related condition that affects older people that can result in vision damage and loss.
If you want shiny hair, bright eyes and healthy skin salmon consumption can provide that as well. Credit those Omega-3 fatty acids and selenium in the salmon for that.
Four ounces of wild salmon gives you a full day’s required amount of Vitamin D. The same amount of salmon also gives you more than half of the B12, niacin and selenium that you need daily. In addition, a four ounce serving of salmon gives you almost thirty grams of protein. That is more than half of the Food and Drug Administration’s recommended daily amount.
Salmon’s health benefits are far too many to ignore. It is power packed with disease fighting acids, minerals and vitamins. So whether you bake it, broil it, grill it or eat it raw salmon is a powerful addition to your healthy lifestyle.

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