September 10, 2013

Sweetened Grapes on Baked Salmon

{Disclosure: By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Table Grape Commission and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time}.

Let’s talk about trends. Am I the only one who freaks out when something is getting fashionable? (Freak out in the sense that this new fashion-thing is horrible). The thing is, I always end up liking it. Going way back to the times when everyone was wearing Converses, I remember I used to hate them. However, I got a pair a while later. Then not too long ago people began wearing these thick eyeglasses which I thought were too nerdy. But now I have a pair of those too. Now, what’s with the skull printing everywhere? I’m not liking that just’s dark and scary.

Since I’m no fashion blogger, let’s talk about food trends. Let’s say...for example...pumpkin. Just when I thought I had to begin cooking pumpkin stuff, this contest appeared in my life. (And “life” just sounded very dramatic). I don’t hate the pumpkin trend and, above all, I know I’m going to start cooking pumpkin things really soon, but I have to admit I got really happy when I read about this contest. Great idea to escape the pumpkin invasion! Plus, I LOVE grapes. I even had some friends write me “Happy Birthday” using grapes a couple of years ago on my birthday. Not until this contest came up I ever considered eating grapes in a different way than taking them straight off the vine or on top a toast with P&B. And let me tell ya’, it tasted incredibly delicious and I cant wait to try other things as well. One more healthy recipe for the collection!

FIY: Grapes of all colors – red, black and green – are a natural source of beneļ¬cial antioxidants and other polyphenols. One serving of grapes (3/4 cup) contains just 90 calories, no fat, no cholesterol and virtually no sodium, and also provide potassium and are a good source of vitamin K. (Fall in Love with Grapes, California Table Grape Commission). 

Total time: 25 minutes. Serves 2. 

-1 ½ cups green or red California grapes 
-2 pieces of salmon (150g each) 
-1 tablespoon reduced sodium soy sauce 
-2 tablespoons honey 
-1/4 cup 1% cottage cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350◦F. 
2. In a medium bowl, add the salmon. Pour the soy sauce on top to cover the salmon with it. Discard the remaining soy sauce. 
3. Put the salmon in a glass oven tray and bake for 15 mins. 
4. Meanwhile, cut the grapes in 4 and add them into a small bowl. Combine them with the honey and cheese. 
5. When salmon is cooked, top with the grapes mixture. I served it over a bed of quinoa (highly recommend it!). Enjoy! 

By Raquel D’Onofrio