In a scene straight out of the TV cooking show series, “Chopped” I was looking to make something tasty for dinner and being in a hurry, I decided to just use what I could find in the fridge.
Hmm…an orange, cilantro, some fresh cranberries, and a piece of frozen salmon.
What to make?
Well, I decided to make salsa out of the cranberries and serve it with the salmon. I was delighted with how good it was! You will be too, when you try this recipe.
The tart taste of the fresh cranberries mixes with the sweetness of the orange and picks up the flavor of the salmon in a fresh new way. Your taste buds will be absolutely delighted!
Cranberries are one of the few foods totally native to North America.
Native American Indians ate cranberries cooked and sweetened with honey or maple syrup. Cranberries were also used as a medicine and a poultice for wounds. The tannins in them help to contract tissue to stop bleeding, and we now know that compounds in cranberries have powerful antibiotic effects as well.
While cranberries are best known for helping urinary health, recent studies now suggest that this little red super berry is beneficial for the gastrointestinal tract, prevents cavities, helps prevent kidney stones and gallstones, aids in recovery from strokes, prevents cancer, lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol, and raises HDL (good) cholesterol. Not bad for one little berry, huh?
These phytochemical powerhouses are packed with five times the antioxidant content of broccoli, and rank higher in antioxidants than most fruits and vegetables!
Several newly discovered compounds in cranberries have also been found to be toxic to cancer cells including lung, cervical, prostate, breast and leukemia cancer cells. So you see, there is no reason to NOT eat cranberries!
2-4 wild caught salmon fillets (sockeye salmon is great with this-it has a firmer texture and sweeter taste)
Jerk seasoning (I used a pre-made powdered rub)
1 cup (or so) fresh cranberries, chopped, or lightly processed in food processor
½ small red onion
1 orange or blood orange, sectioned and cut
Juice of half a lime
Hot pepper flakes, to taste
2-4 Tbsp. chopped cilantro
1 tsp honey
Chop cranberries, and mix with orange, onion, lime, cilantro and hot pepper flakes. Season the salmon with jerk seasoning, and grill or broil till tender and flaky. Serve topped with cranberry mixture. Enjoy! Serves 2-4.
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