We love this recipe for not only the taste but also the added benefits it gives to your skin. Tomatoes contain lycopene (the potent antioxidant that gives them their red color and has been shown to lower acne-promoting hormones.) Fish are high in omega-3 fatty acids. Studies have shown that omega-3s can slow the process of skin wrinkling. Olive oil and brown rice both help to maintain skin’s moisture. Olive oil contains linoleic acid, which can help prevent water loss through the skin. Brown rice contains lipid molecules called ceramides that also aid in maintaining skin’s moisture. Foods like tomatoes, olive oil, fish and brown rice can all help you body create strong, water-tight cells that will give you that gorgeous Murad glow. Enjoy!
Recipe: Grilled Salmon with Tomatoes and Basil
Total time: 30 Minutes
Recipe & photo from: EatingWell.com
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 whole wild salmon filet (about 1 ½ pounds)
1/3 cup plus 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil, divided
2 medium tomatoes, thinly sliced
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1. Preheat grill to medium.
2. Mash minced garlic and 3/4 teaspoon salt on a cutting board with the side of a chef’s knife or spoon until a paste forms. Transfer to a small bowl and stir in EVOO.
3. Check the salmon for pin bones and remove if necessary. Measure out a piece of heavy-duty foil large enough for the salmon filet. Coat the foil with cooking spray. Place the salmon skin-side down on the foil and spread the garlic oil mixture all over it. Sprinkle with 1/3 cup basil. Overlap tomato slices on top and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper.
4. Transfer the salmon on the foil to the grill (leave the salmon on the foil). Grill until the fish flakes easily, 10 to 12 minutes. Use two large spatulas to slide the salmon from the foil to the serving platter. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of basil on the salmon.
*Serve this dish with a side of brown whole grain rice for some extra moisture in your skin.
Per serving: 248 calories; 10g fat (2g sat, 5g mono); 80mg cholesterol; 3g carbohydrates; 0g added sugars; 35g protein; 1g fiber; 367mg sodium; 799mg potassium.