Black Pepper Encrusted Salmon with Basil Parmesan Spaghetti Squash

Here’s an easy recipe for a delicious, low-carb dinner made with creation-based ingredients.  If you like black pepper, basil, or salmon, you’ll love this meal.  While the salmon is coated with pepper and does have a bit of a kick to it, the baking process removes much of the spiciness.  It’s a robust meal, full of flavor.  The oiliness of the salmon pairs well with the spice of the pepper, as well as the bright notes of the basil.  It will also pair well with a small glass of red wine, such as cabernet sauvignon.  Scroll down to the bottom for more information on the health benefits of the ingredients.

Ingredients:

Serves 4 – total prep time: 40 minutes

2 – 8 oz wild-caught, Alaskan sockeye salmon filets
1 cup of finely shredded fresh basil
1 cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp pink himalayan or sea salt
1/8 cup freshly milled coarse black pepper
2 tbsp Kerry Gold (or organic) butter
2 tbsp virgin olive oil
1/2 of a large spaghetti squash

Directions:

-Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
-Shred 1 cup of parmesan
-Finely chop 1 cup of fresh basil
-Prepare 2 tbsps of butter, 1/4 tsp of himalayan or sea salt, and 1/8 cup of coarsely ground black pepper.

Squash: 

-Cut a large spaghetti squash in half lengthwise.  Remove seeds and pulp.  Set one half aside for later.  Set the other half face down in a baking dish with a 1/4″ of water.  
-Bake in oven for 35 minutes.  
-Remove from oven and check for tenderness with a fork.  If tender, scrape squash away from shell with a fork.
-Place cooked squash in a large bowl and gently toss with parmesan, basil, butter, and salt.  Cover while letting salmon rest.

Salmon:

-Brush the meaty side of both salmon filets with 1 tbsp of olive oil each.
-Place pepper on a plate and dip the oiled side of the salmon in the pepper, 
-Place filets in a baking dish, skin sides down, peppered sides up.
-When the squash has 15 minutes remaining, place salmon in the oven with the squash.
-Remove squash and salmon at the same time.  Prepare spaghetti squash and let salmon rest for several minutes, then serve and enjoy!  

The health benefits of this creation-based meal:

Wild-caught salmon from Alaska is full of Omega-3 fatty acids (for cardiovascular health), high-quality protein, vitamins and minerals (especially B12 and zinc), and inflammatory reducing pigments, like astaxanthin. Alaskan fisheries are also amongst the cleanest and most sustainable fisheries in the world.

Pepper has anti-oxidant properties. It also contains a chemical called pepperine, which helps the body absorb important micronutrients.

Basil has one of the highest anti-oxidant ratings of all known foods. In addition to having been studied for potential effectiveness against cancer, it also had anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.

Spaghetti squash is low in carbohydrates and a good source of fiber. It also incredibly filling and contains a little bit of almost every vitamin and mineral. It makes a great vehicle for a variety of sauces and spices.

Dairy from grass fed cows, when part of a creation-based diet, is an excellent source of sugar-free energy and important vitamins like A and K2.

Red wine, when enjoyed in moderation (4 oz or less, a couple times per week), is an excellent source of polyphenols, like resveratrol, that provide anti-oxidant and cardiovascular benefits.

Originally posted 2012-11-14 21:27:00.