A Heart Healthy Valentine's Meal

A Heart Healthy Valentine's Meal

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A Heart Healthy Valentine's Meal

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If Valentine’s Day means a quiet candlelight dinner for two at home, we’ve got a meal suggestion that does double duty—it’s heart healthy AND has all the makings for romance! Just think about it. Salmon shows you care, and it’s even pink

Now, before you go running away thinking, “I don’t know how to fix salmon,” let’s talk. For example, our neighborhood Hy-Vee is running a special right now specifically geared to seafood—suggesting lobster tails or salmon as two great choices this week. To help shoppers, they’ve even placed a flat screen TV monitor in the seafood case area and are running videos showing how to do it.

We talked with Chef Chadwick, who told us, “It is a heart healthy option, of course, and it’s a nice meal to do for a fancier dinner at home.” He recommended pairing salmon with a broccoli salad for a great flavor combination.

Here are a few other tips we’ve picked up:

Grilling is a great way to fix salmon, tuna, swordfish, marlin or maui. All you need is a light olive oil blend, or vegetable oil. They recommend not using straight olive oil or straight butter because it can burn at a high heat. So create a blend. Then, add a little salt and pepper, and you are good to grill. If you prefer, there are other seasonings that work well—a garlic and sea salt blend, for example, or a lemon herb blend.

Then you simply heat your grill, dry off the fresh fish with a paper towel, add your selected seasonings, and coat it lightly with the oil. Brush the grill lightly with the oil, and place the fish directly on the grill. Let it cook 3-4 minutes per side, then move it to a cooler part of the grill and put the lid down for another 15-20 minutes. Using your food thermometer, the internal temperature of cooked salmon should be 120 degrees for medium rare, 135 for medium, and 150 for medium well.

Need more? Here are a couple of great Food Channel-created recipes:

Planked Salmon

Cedar Planked Salmon

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