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Tomato & Basil Salmon

low carb dinner ideasWe’re know you’re always looking for new low carb dinner ideas, so this week we found a recipe for a healthy and delicious meal that’s quick and easy to make. It’s perfect for a solo meal, a family dinner or entertaining. Our medical weight loss clinics recommend fresh, nutrient-rich meals like these since they are low in both calories and carbohydrates.

Salmon is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, amino acid and protein, making it an ideal entrée for healthy meals. The omega-3 fatty acids reduce LDL “bad” cholesterol, lower blood pressure and elevate our moods, while the lean protein content satiates our hunger for hours on end and promotes healthy digestion. Tomatoes contain lycopene, a powerful antioxidant from the carotenoid family that has been shown to help prevent diabetes and several forms of cancer. In addition, lycopene reduces bad cholesterol, promotes eye health and helps combat aging. Basil is also packed with antioxidants that reduce inflammation and fights free radical damage. Now you can understand why our medical weight loss clinics favor recipes like this!

Let us know what you think when you try this recipe and any of our other low carb dinner ideas.

Ingredients

  • 1 wild-caught salmon filet 
  • 2 medium tomatoes, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Himalayan sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon cold-pressed, extra virgin olive oil
  • ¾ cup thinly sliced fresh basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Directions

Preheat the grill to medium heat. Mash the garlic and sea salt into a paste in a bowl. Add the olive oil to the mixture.

Place the salmon filet on tin foil, lightly coated with olive oil spray. Spread the garlic paste onto the filet and then sprinkle half of the basil over it. Place overlapping tomato slices on top and sprinkle with the rest of the sea salt and fresh pepper.

Grill the salmon until it flakes, approximately 9 to 12 minutes.  Remove the salmon and sprinkle the rest of the basil onto it.  Fast, simple and healthy!

Image courtesy elanaspantry.com

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