Monday is the start of the new week and I try to make a nutritious dinner to start the week off right. Tonight’s dinner consists of Trader Joe’s Herb Dijon Salmon, sautéed baby broccoli with olive oil, garlic and sundried tomatoes and Trader Giotto’s ‘spearean risotto.
Salmon is a nutritional powerhouse containing omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D (4-oz. = daily requirement), B12, niacin, selenium, B6 and magnesium. There is some controversy regarding wild vs. farmed salmon, wild salmon nutritionally speaking is the better choice but farmed salmon does pack a nutritional punch too, but due to possible PCB’s should only be eaten once a month. For more on PCB’s visit this website. Today’s salmon was farm raised but considering my husband is not a big fan of salmon we will not being eating it more than once a month.
Baby broccoli, garlic and sundried tomatoes. The name baby broccoli is misleading, baby broccoli AKA broccolini is actually a hybrid cross of broccoli and kale. Broccolini carries high amounts of vitamin C, potassium, iron, fiber, and vitamin A. Some of garlic’s many health benefits are anti-fungal, anti-viral, helps prevent blood clots, cancer, and also helps lower blood pressure and LDL cholesterol. Sundried tomatoes are a good source of dietary fiber, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, iron, magnesium and phosphorus, and a very good source of vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium, copper and manganese.
Risotto with Asparagus from Trader Joe’s. Asparagus is low in calories and sodium. It is also a good source of fiber, potassium, folacin, thiamin, vitamin B6, rutin (a compound that is important for healthy blood vessels) and glutathione (a compound helpful for healthy liver function). Asparagus is also a natural diuretic.
A delicious dinner packed with nutrition and to add just a little more color to the mix dessert was some red frozen grapes.
How do you pack nutrition into your meals?