FOOD FUN: Japanese-Inspired Salmon Appetizer | The Nibble Webzine Of Food Adventures - The Nibble Webzine Of Food AdventuresFOOD FUN: Japanese-Inspired Salmon Appetizer | The Nibble Webzine Of Food Adventures
For years, healthcare professionals have been promoting the benefits of eating more salmon for its omega 3 essential fatty acids. Omega 3s contribute to:
Decreased cancer risk (breast, colorectal and prostate cancer)
Eye health—both dry eye and macular degeneration
Improved mood and cognition
Beyond the well-promoted omega 3s, salmon has two equally strong health benefit components:
Salmon Proteins and Amino Acids
Recent studies have found that salmon contains small bioactive protein molecules called bioactive peptides. They may provide help with joint cartilage, insulin effectiveness and control of inflammation in the digestive tract (e.g., ulcerative colitis).
Selenium, An Antioxidant
Salmon is noteworthy for its high selenium content. High selenium intake is associated with decreased joint inflammation, and also with prevention of certain types of cancer, including colorectal cancer. Four ounces of salmon provide more than 60% of the Daily Value (DV) for this mineral.
As an antioxidant nutrient, selenium has also been shown to be especially important in cardiovascular protection through maintenance of the molecule glutathione.
Enough seriousness; now for the fun.
As an alternative to the conventional baked, broiled, grilled, roasted or sauteed salmon main course, here’s an idea for an appetizer or first course. You can also serve it as a salad course, plated with a green salad.
SALMON “ROLL” APPETIZER
This easy recipe was inspired by sashimi, but it isn’t raw. The ingredients are:
Salmon, cooked or smoked
Nori, the roasted seaweed sheets used to wrap sushi rolls
Optional: cucumber spears for smoked salmon roll
Optional: plate with Asian slaw or seaweed salad
For smoked salmon: Cut cucumber to size and roll in a piece of smoked salmon; wrap with a band of nori.
For cooked salmon: Cut thick fingers of cooked salmon. Wrap with nori and serve.