14 Feb 20 Salmon Recipes for Valentine’s Day
20 of the Best Salmon Recipes all inspired by my recent back injury. It will make sense in just a few–I promise.
I just got back from my 3rd trip to the spine doctor since December 30, 2016.
“An annual tear can take up to 3 months to heal,” he said. “4-6 more weeks-2 times a week of physical therapy, ” he said.
Long story short, I suffered an annular tear on my L4-L5 disc and a herniation on my L3-L4. How did it happen? I think it was the repetitive motion of loading the dishwasher. Yep–loading the dishwasher. On the first night of Hannukah/ Christmas Eve.
On 12/25, I woke up with the most intense pain I’d ever felt. Ever. Worse than child birth. I couldn’t get out of bed, much less walk, dress or go to the bathroom without holding on to my husband. Searing, shooting pains would ripple up my spinal cord if I touched a sheet with my foot the wrong way. Sneezing? Coughing? Forget it. I had to brace myself by hugging a pillow as tightly as possible to muster up even the weakest cough. It was bad. And on December 30, I finally got some relief with a combination of steroids, pain killers and a piece of mind that there was no nerve damage involved in my injury and likely, no surgery.
Fast forward to today. I’ve finished all of my medications and have dutifully gone to PT 2 times a week since January 6th. I’ve made vast improvements in my recovery but I’m still only 70-75% of the way there. My anatomy back there is just still angry and inflamed. There’s that magic word-inflammation.
Inflammation happens in the body as a result of injury (like an annual tear or herniated disc) or when it is exposed to a harmful substance. Inflammation is the body’s natural way of healing itself. Small periods of inflammation could protect your health but when the inflammation lasts for extended periods, it could begin to be more problematic. Good news, though—a powerful tool to combat inflammation can be found in the foods we choose. Take, for example, fatty fish, certain nuts, olive oil, cherries, beans and whole grains.
Let’s start with fatty fish.
My go to is salmon. It’s filled with good for you omega-3 fats which could help to reduce inflammation, it’s widely available in the fresh, frozen and canned forms, and it’s a thumbs-up meal from my whole family. Salmon is also packed with protein and B vitamins. Protein is important for healing your body after an injury and can help you to feel more satisfied throughout the day. B vitamins support a variety of processes in your body, which includes taking the food you eat and turning it into energy for your body to use.
Let’s be honest. I’m in that same salmon rut you are terms of new ways to prepare this delicious fish. My full proof recipe is Alton Brown’s broiled sockeye salmon with citrus glaze. But after the 10th time, it’s time to expand the repertoire. That’s why I queried some of my favorite bloggers of all time for their go-to salmon recipes.
You’ll see they’ve sent me their best burger, nut crusted, Thai-inspired, microwaved, seared, salad and taco salmon recipes to make eating fish easier. The easier the recipe, the most likely we’re going to eat it; ensuring those anti-inflammatory properties have a chance to do their job. My back thanks these folks in advance!
Easy BBQ Kale Salmon Tacos from Marissa at Marissa Moore Nutrition
Red Thai Curry with Salmon and Vegetables from Katie at Mom’s Kitchen Handbook
Matcha and Pumpkin Seed Salmon from Danielle at Food Confidence
New World Fish and Chips from Gretchen at Kumquat
Lemon Herb Salmon en Papillote from Bailey at Simply Sissom
Sweet and Sour Smoked Salmon Pate from Vicki at Simple Cravings Real Food
Quick and Easy Pan Seared Salmon for One from EA at Spicy RD Nutrition
Smoked Salmon Frittata from Aggie at Aggie’s Kitchen
Simple Microwave Smoked Paprika Salmon from Regan at Healthy Aperture
Greek Salmon Gyros with Beet Tzatziki from Kara at The Foodie Dietitian Blog
Salmon Corn Chowder from Lindsey at The Lean Green Bean
Asian Salmon Sticks from Liz at Meal Makeover Moms
Roasted Avocado and Salmon Taco Salad from Deanna at Teaspoon of Spice
Sheet Pan Salmon and Veggies from Jenny at My Cape Cod Kitchen
Smoked Salmon Cucumber Bites from Chrissy at 80Twenty Nutrition
Slow Cooker Mediterranean Salmon from Ann at My Menu Pal
Salmon Bowl with Creamy Garlic Dressing from Sara at Sara Hass
Glazed Dijon Salmon from Marissa at Uproot Kitchen
Avocado Salmon Burgers from Meme Living Well Kitchen
Almond Crusted Salmon from Brittany at Your Choice Nutrition
Salmon Waldorf Salad from Jessica at Nutritioulicous
BrittanyPosted at 11:43h, 14 February
I definitely need to try ALL of these recipes! Thanks so much for including me. I hope you make a full recovery soon!
Liz WeissPosted at 12:31h, 14 February
Robin, I’m glad you are feeling 70% better. I told you there’s a light at the end of the tunnel! Love your roundup. Can’t wait to try some new salmon recipes too
Kara @ The Foodie DietitianPosted at 12:59h, 14 February
Sending all the healing vibes your way, Robin!! From one back injured to another 🙂
AggiePosted at 13:37h, 14 February
You poor thing!! Your injury sounds awful and I can’t imagine how frustrating it has been to get through. Hang in there and keep working on that recovery. xo
I am really making an effort to get salmon into my diet more regularly. Thanks for the inspiration! and thanks for including my frittata!
RobinPosted at 14:14h, 14 February
Aggie, I wouldn’t wish a back injury on ANYONE! Sadly, it’s a family trait and it was my turn. 🙁 Thanks for the well wishes—!xo
RobinPosted at 14:13h, 14 February
Thanks, Brittany! I am planning on trying most, if not all of these fabulous recipes. I’m more committed to eat anti-inflammatory than ever before!
KatiePosted at 11:57h, 15 February
Wow. What a line up. I don’t know where to begin….these all look so delicious with some really innovative ideas.