It’s snowy here in the Northeast and we tend to be cooped up inside. I love it in the beginning–it gives me time to be in the kitchen to try new recipes. But after awhile, I like to spend time around a table with friends and family.
Last night, in honor of Heart Health Month, I prepared Maple-Glazed Salmon with Pineapple and Maple Vinaigrette. It is a family favorite and so simple and tasty. It’s even good enough to serve to guests 🙂
In addition to being tasty, here is another reason I like to serve this dish:
Studies show that eating two or more servings of fish a week is associated with a 30% reduction of risk in developing coronary heart disease. Fish like salmon is high in omega-3 fats, which help lower levels of triglycerides in the blood that may contribute to blood clotting. Other good sources of omega-3 include flaxseed oil, chia seeds and walnuts.
To round out my heart-healthy meal, I chose a red wine recommended by Lori Schaefer of Pairings Wine and Food: the Pietra Santa Pinot Noir, a full-bodied Pinot Noir from Cienega Valley, California that runs under $20. Black cherry and hints of smoke in the bouquet and minerally spices and tones of mocha in the mouth. Nicely balanced and persistent.
Scientific literature indicates that people who drink moderately are less likely to have heart disease than those who abstain. Alcohol seems to raise HDL levels — the “good cholesterol”. Red wine “thins” the blood (making it less prone to clotting) and also contains powerful antioxidants: flavonoids that prevent arteries from taking up LDL and cholesterol. The trick is to stay within moderation — remember one drink equals 5 oz of wine, 1.5 oz of liquor or 12 oz of beer.
There you have it: another delicious heart-healthy meal, tasty enough to serve to guests! So why not invite some friends to gather around your table and nourish both body and soul. The meal is all planned out — all you have to do is pick up the phone 🙂