(BPT) - The summer heat calls for lighter dishes and less time in the kitchen. The key to tasty and simple warm weather dining is a meal that cooks quickly and doesn’t heat up your home! One of the easiest, most nutritious (and delicious!) choices for summer is salmon. Registered dietitian, Bianca Tamburello, explains that Chilean salmon is her top choice because it’s packed with health benefits for the whole family and is so versatile.
Choose the best in taste and nutrition
Taste and nutrition vary among salmon options. Tamburello recommends looking for Chilean salmon because it's low in mercury and high in healthy omega-3 fats, which are fantastic from a nutrition perspective and hard to find in other foods. Tamburello explains, “Omega-3 fats in fish support healthy brain and eye development for growing babies and children. Research shows that omega-3s are beneficial for heart and joint health and associated with a longer life-expectancy.” She also notes that the high healthy fat content gives the fish a luxurious taste and buttery texture.
Opt for summer-friendly cooking methods
Try these warm-weather cooking methods to eat more fish and stay cool this summer.
For more recipes for poke, cedar plank grilling, and other delicious ways to cook salmon, visit chileansalmon.org.
Pair with sides that showcase the best of summer
Salmon pairs perfectly with simple summertime favorites like salads, slaws and grilled vegetables. Embrace the taste of summer with in-season vegetables like cucumbers, zucchini and peppers! Chilean salmon poke pairs deliciously with rice made with a rice cooker (no stove needed), fresh garden cucumbers and avocado. Your favorite salad could also serve as a light bed for fish poke. For cedar plank salmon, grilled vegetables are a no-brainer. Brush your veggies on the grill with your favorite dressing for more flavor!
Cooking in the summer shouldn’t be complicated — but it should be delicious! Salmon is the perfect choice for a weeknight dinner or family cookout.