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My week is really no “brighter“, but a friend, her daughter and I did the Fashion Island Komen walk on the 25th and it did put me in a slightly better mood.  We finished the exact time we had left the vet’s office one week prior. It was good not to be in the house at that moment.

Since my heart is still more broken than feeling good-I thought I’d talk about the importance of heart health and getting your due amount of omega-3’s to protect it.

As Dr. Oz is always telling us, getting in your omega-3’s is not difficult and it really does protect not only your heart but against certain cancers and your brain health as well.

Don’t like fatty fish such as salmon or tuna?  Think about using freshly ground flax seed in your baking, or using a supplement.  

While I prefer a vegetarian diet-I do love salmon.  Yes, fish is getting pricier by the day-but there are ways to get in these important nutrients.

When you see a sale-stock up!  A couple of weeks ago Sprouts Market had Atlantic salmon, flown in fresh 6 days a week on sale for a mere $3.99 a pound!  Honestly-since even Costco had been selling salmon for about $10 a pound, we were sceptacle.  But it looked good and it wasn’t “fresh-frozen” -so we bought 5 pounds worth.  Bear in mind, the market packaged it up for us in 1/2 pound quantities (enough for our dinners for the 2 of us)which means we‘re good for 10 meals!

Another way to go-Costco has bags of 1/4 pound salmon burgers that have NO fillers, all salmon.  A dozen costs us $11.99.  Figuring out the cost-$4 a pound.  Not bad when you consider everything.

Now most of you know I’m not really crazy about canned things (except for beans), but canned salmon is a good substitute for tuna.  Both will get you the essential omega’s, but serve it up in sandwiches, over a salad or even in a quick pasta sauce over pasta or rice.

One of our favorites is to decide on herbs or spices, rub it on the fish and grill it to medium rare.

PLEASE-do not ruin expensive and tasty salmon by over-cooking it.  

Our favorite is to slice some fresh lemon, use some minced garlic and dill and “bag” it up in some foil and place it on a grill for about 10-12 minutes.  

Weather not good enough to grill?  Bake the fish at 400 for the same amount of time.  I don’t like to use the broiler in my oven even if it is self-cleaning, but broiling is most definitely an option.

If you want to marinate any fish-don’t do so for more than 20-30 minutes as the acid will start to break down (cook it really)the flesh and then it will not only be overdone, but dry and mealy as well.

I took out a package of salmon for dinner tonight-I’m going to create a bit of a rub with brown sugar, sea salt, chili powder and cinnamon.  A mere tsp. of each will do the trick.  We do like our sweet spices around here, but you could easily cut back on salt and cinnamon if you think those two ingredients will over power your meal!

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