Food Day is one week from today (Monday, October 24).  It’s the nationally recognized day devoted to “Eating Real” — real food, that is.  It’s about evolving your eating and banishing the processed stuff for whole, unadulterated foods.  What better day to embrace plant-based foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans and legumes?!  It’s about making choices that count toward your health and the health of our planet.

In my book, I highlight how real food can come to your rescue by fending off diseases, keeping excess weight off and allowing you to age well and gracefully.  For the next seven days, I am posting some of my favorite real food recipes for my book, The Essential Guide to Healthy Healing FoodsI hope that you’ll try some (if not all) of these simple, tasty and healthful recipes.

Recipe 1:  Ginger Sesame Salmon








Serve the salmon with wild rice, whole grain soba noodles, or black bean salsa – and plenty of colorful fruits and veggies to fill at least half of your plate.

Yield:    2 – 6 oz. servings
Prep time: 5 minutes ; Cook time: 25 minutes

1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce

1/4 cup lemon juice

1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar

1 tablespoon agave nectar

1 heaping tablespoon sesame oil

1/4 cup canola oil

2 6-ounce Atlantic salmon filets, wild*

2-in. piece of fresh root ginger, peeled and cut into matchsticks

1.   Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. In medium bowl mix together soy sauce, lemon juice, rice wine vinegar, agave nectar, sesame oil, and canola oil.

2.   Place the salmon (skin-side down) in a foiled lined shallow baking and cover with a third of the sesame oil marinade.

3.   Bake fish for 20 minutes and then baste with more marinade and top with ginger sticks. Turn the oven to broil setting on high. Broil for 5 minutes, checking the fish
frequently to make sure it doesn’t burn. Remove salmon from oven when golden
brown and ginger is sizzling (about 5 minutes). Serve immediately with extra
marinade on the side, if needed.

* Choose wild salmon whenever possible; it contains less mercury and contaminants.

Nutrition Information:

603 calories

46 total fat

5 g saturated fat

0 g trans fat

94 mg cholesterol

343 mg sodium

14 g carbohydrate

1 g fiber

10 g sugars

35 g protein

11 percent iron

Get the scoop on Food Day here.  And “Eat Real” every day!

I’d love to hear how you are evolving your eating…