Great Alaskan dishes you should try

I was writing in my previous blog post about eating healthy and how you can do so by including seafood in your meals twice a week, at least. Now I realize that even though I gave some tips on what kind of fish you should in introduce in your diet, I haven’t talked about what delicious dishes you can prepare using fish. So, because I have some insight on Alaskan cuisine, I’ll share with you some simple recipes that you might like.

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The first has as a main ingredient salmon (don’t forget that wild Alaskan salmon is the best option you have when it comes to avoiding the consumption of endangered species), dipped in a sauce and sprinkled with dill. What you need for it is fresh salmon fillets, mayonnaise, mustard, some fresh thyme (chopped), dried oregano, chopped basil leaves and dill (fresh or dry, but I personally prefer it fresh).

As you may have guessed, you need to prepare the sauce by mixing together the mayonnaise, mustard, thyme and add oregano and basil. In the meantime, place the salmon in a baking pan, lined with baking sheet (or aluminum foil) and preheat the oven at 190 degrees C. Once your sauce is ready, spread it on top of the salmon and bake it for about 40 minutes max. You’ll love its wonderfully refreshing taste and, at the same time, you will enjoy all its health benefits, as it is very rich in essential nutrients.

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A second recipe that I cook quite often, and it’s also easy to make, as most my recipes are, is tacos with halibut. The fish you choose depends on your personal taste. I prefer using wild-caught Alaskan halibut for this dish. Yes, I know tacos are not from Alaska, but I’m using Alaskan fish and tacos are so popular everywhere that you could say they’re part of many traditional cuisines if prepared with traditional ingredients.

So how do you make these? First, you go to the supermarket and buy tortillas, some salsa and cheese for topping and you add the halibut. Then you cut the fish in medium sized pieces and fry it (you can also boil it or bake it) and season it with condiments – whatever suits your taste best. I prefer grilling it and then cutting it, but, as I said, any other method works, and it depends entirely on personal preference. However, for a good taste, I suggest that you prepare a mix of finely chopped parsley, cumin, red pepper, garlic, olive oil and salt. It would be great if you had a chopper to turn them fast into a past. If you can’t cut them really fine, add some salt and blend these ingredients until they acquire a saucy texture. You dip the fish in it and then grill it for several minutes. Then place the fish in the heated tortilla, you add raw red onion, shredded into fine strips, and finally add some salsa (guacamole works perfectly for me) and topping, and you’re good to go! Tasty and easy to make.

Add fish to your eating routine

The issue of eating healthy is something that seems to interest people much more now than it used to in the past. I remember being less worried about what I’d eat a couple of years ago, before my cancer period, but I believe eating healthy is something we should all worry about, especially now when we have less control on the ingredients that our food contains or on the cooking methods employed for our restaurant dishes. A friend of mine who traveled to China has recently told me about how they cook food in restaurants there, using huge quantities of fried oil to have it ready quicker, due to the increased number of clients. I’m not saying that doesn’t apply to the way food is cooked here, but it got me thinking to write a new blog post about how to eat healthy in the 21st century.

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I guess by now everybody must know some things about good and bad foods or the fact that vegetables are mandatory and low fat foods are much better for our bodies, while a lot of fat will entail cardiac problems at a certain age, that there are some foods that are seen to be poisonous by specialists and so on. Well, I’m here to say the exact thing, but throw in some fish.

Seafood, as any good nutritionist would tell you is great if you want to live a long and happy life. There are exceptions to that nevertheless. Not all fish is good for your organism. From a general point of view, there are many advantages to be drawn from eating fish: it contains proteins, minerals and omega-3, all of which are good for your body. But, to enjoy the long-term benefits of eating fish, try eating it at least twice a week.

right1I would like to emphasize something of the utmost importance when eating fish: eat species that will not endanger the environmental balance or that are not on their way to becoming extinct. Sardines are one of the seafood varieties you can eat with no worries. They are tasty, easy to find on the market and are not expensive. Moreover, they contain a lot of nutrients and a lot of omega-3.

One other tasty fish you can eat without thinking that chances are you won’t find it in an year or two anymore is salmon, but only wild species from Alaska (other species of salmon are endangered). Its taste makes it a favorite amongst those who love fish and it can be cooked in many ways and accompanied by many other ingredients. It has a high content of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D.

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For the moment, I wouldn’t recommend eating Bluefin tuna, as it has been added to the list of endangered species by The World Wildlife. Certainly, there are many others that should be avoided, but I know how much tuna is loved by everyone. Its numbers are, unfortunately decreasing and I’d prefer having it around for a long time.

So, there you are, some species of fish you can safely eat twice a week without fearing it will vanish because you ate too much of it and that will balance your lifestyle.