I have never been a fan of Sarah Palin; she is one of those politicians who is great at using words to stir up people but short on actual practical solutions to the needs of this country. She is all flash but no substance. I was appalled to see her on TV this week, making fun of Michele Obama's campaign to fight childhood obesity. The clip was from her reality show and she was saying something about making smores because Michele Obama doesn't want us to eat dessert.
Making fun of a serious medical condition that threatens the lives of millions doesn't strike me as sensible, caring or informed. It is a petty attempt to make light of an opponent's agenda. My husband and I are passionate about trying to prevent obesity and to educate others. Few things make me so sad as to see a young person who is morbidly overweight because I realize all the health problems that person faces and the limitations on his or her life. The hope that I can help in some way is what keeps me writing this blog.
Eating is such a huge part of our lives but we seem to know so little about how to eat or what to put in our mouth. Humans always seek the path of least resistance so we eat what is convenient and tastes good with little thought of whether it is what we need. I often compare the body with a car; you wouldn't put just anything in your car and expect it to run so why put just anything in your body and expect it to function properly?
With that lecture out of my system, I will share the first new recipe of 2011. As usual, it meets all the qualifications of easy, fast, nutritious and great tasting. My family raved about it, plus I think the sauce would work just as well with chicken. Take a few extra minutes to grate some fresh ginger for this dish as it makes a world of difference and smells wonderful too.
Salmon with Pineapple Ginger Glaze
4 salmon fillets
1/2 cup pineapple preserves
1 1/2 tbsp. lime juice
1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 1/2 tsp. grated fresh ginger
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. soy sauce
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
Preheat oven to 425. Place fillets in a 9 x 13 baking dish coated with baking spray. Combine remaining ingredients and pour over fillets. Bake for 15 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. You can use bottled garlic and ginger.
Pair this with a salad or green vegetable and you will have a lovely, healthy dinner. This dish is nice enough to serve to company too.