GINGER GLAZED SALMON WITH DIJON MUSTARD
How to Make Ginger Glazed Salmon with Dijon Mustard
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 20 MINUTES
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Finely grate the ginger.
3. In a small bowl, mix sunflower oil, Dijon mustard, ginger, salt and pepper.
4. Heat a small sautee pan. Add the oil-mustard mixture. Slowly mix in the brown sugar. When sugar melts, remove from heat.
5. Brush each salmon fillet evenly with the oil-mustard mixture. Arrange on a baking dish with space between. Bake 15 to 20 minutes. Remove when the flesh comes apart easily with a fork. When you remove salmon from the oven, drizzle fillets with honey.
Serve over mashed sweet potatoes, mashed cauliflower, or savory rice dish of your choice.
How Can This Ayurvedic Recipe Make You Feel Great?
Sweet and spicy glazed salmon is the creamy, restorative tonic you naturally crave this time of year. Salmon is a rich protein full of nourishing fats and oils that calms the mind and brings you back to earth. Fresh ginger and a bit of fiery mustard awakens the palate and stimulates the digestive fire. Finished with sweet hints of honey, this flaky and hearty meal makes a wonderful dinner that the whole family is sure to enjoy.
The Nourishment You Need
Salmon is fished on the shores of Alaska by hearty seafaring sailors, and provides the rich nourishment needed at those northern latitudes to make it through harsh winters. Hardworking fisherman brave the icy waters for this most prized catch, which promises to strengthen and warm their bodies. Not only is this fish absolutely delicious, but it also provides the rich nutrition needed to keep healthy while living on the physically demanding Northern coasts. Salmon is ideal for convalescing patients because salmon is rich and heavy yet easy to digest, unlike more difficult to digest meats like beef or turkey.
The ancient Greeks used honey to prevent the breakdown of muscles after heavy physical strain, to rebuild strength, virility, and to improve endurance. Honey is often a key ingredient in rejuvenating and re-energizing formulas, as well as to enhance the healing properties of other herbs. Imagine the strength of salmon swimming upstream. Honey paired with this powerful fish is a winning combination that makes you feel strong and satisfied.
Adding a ginger to hearty salmon makes this dish easier on folks with a weak digestive fire and slow metabolism. The glaze contains mustard and plenty of ginger not only to offer exciting flavor, but also to help your body process the heaviness of salmon. The oily quality of Ginger Glazed Salmon with Honey is an excellent tonic for a dry Vata digestive tract. Those who often have gas and constipation due to dryness will find happy relief after a plate of this dish.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Salmon is rich in omega three fatty acids. Omega 3's are major contributors to your healthy joints, powerful brain, nourished skin, and many other positive results. In Ayurveda, many of the benefits of omega 3 fatty acids are associated with the "oily" quality. Not-so-coincidentally, Ayurvedically "oily" substances contain a high content omega 3 fatty acids.
Good for all Doshas
Salmon in general is a great source of protein, energy and nutrients for all three doshas. Dijon Ginger Glazed Salmon with Honey may be a little too hot and oily for reactive pitta types. The sweetness in the glaze balances out the qualities, but only if modified to be less hot. Use half the quantity of ginger or omit it all together for those who react strongly to heat.
Although Kapha does best with light foods, hearty protein is still very important. If served with sauteed asparagus and quinoa, Dijon Ginger Glazed Salmon with Honey is a great choice for heavy Kapha. For Kaphas who are prone to mucus and congestion, omit the brown sugar. Feel free to increase the amount of honey since it helps with congestion.
Wild vs. Farmed Sourcing
Be sure to choose wild salmon whenever possible, as farmed salmon is often genetically modified and contains pesticides and other contaminants. As with all meats, it is best to choose organic and naturally raised animals whenever possible.
WHY EAT AN AYURVEDIC DIET?
Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. An Ayurvedic diet is
tailored to your individual body type and the specific imbalances you are working with
at any given time. Ayurveda shows you your specific body type’s needs and what
should be favored in your Ayurvedic menu. Watch as you eat less but feel more satisfied because what you
are eating truly nourishes you. Since Ayurveda believes all disease begins in the digestive
tract, food is your first medicine. By eating a healthy diet that’s ideal for your body, you
experience optimal health.
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AYURVEDIC MEDICINAL QUALITIES
Increases These Qualities (Gunas)
Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main characteristics
Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance.
By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick.
Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold).
You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.
ABOUT MOBILE GUNA
Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.
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ABOUT CLEAR GUNA
Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
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ABOUT GOOEY GUNA
Gooey is identified by anything gelatinous (such as oatmeal), or by mucus congestion.
LEARN MORE ABOUT GOOEY
ABOUT HEAVY GUNA
Heavy is identified by sedation, sluggishness, or increased weight.
LEARN MORE ABOUT HEAVY
ABOUT HOT GUNA
Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.
LEARN MORE ABOUT HOT
The 6 Tastes
Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food.
Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body.
Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food.
Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods.
Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion.
Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste.
One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes.
The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent.
Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?
ABOUT SWEET GUNA
Sweet refers to anything builds tissue, including macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
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The Three Doshas / Body Types
People tend to get sick, over and over again, due to similar causes and habitual imbalances that are unique to the person.
Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness.
Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency.
Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses.
The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.
The 3 functional body types
are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha).
Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy.
Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy.
Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass.
Catabolic people tend to be easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry.
Metabolic people tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed.
Anabolic people are heavy, stable and grounded, but if they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion.
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Ojas is the essence of healthy tissue, immunity, stable energy and happiness. Substances that improve ojas are recommended after long-term illness, debility, emotional and physical trauma, and even sadness.
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Prana is the Sanskrit word for vital life energy, similar to Qi in Chinese Medicine. Many herbs stimulate your energy, or improve the flow of prana through your body. Generally, prana needs to be increased in spring after a sleepy winter.
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Tamasic foods promote rest, sleepiness and stillness. Examples include wheat, mushrooms.
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Shorthand for non-vegetarian referring to recipes or people who eat a diet that includes meat. Typical demarcation on the outside of a restaurant in India!
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About the Author
John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a
healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda.
His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful.
His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week
provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands.
John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda
, which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition.
John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia.
John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion.
John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing.
In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots,
and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church.
Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick.
That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.
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- Natalie Immel, Asheville, NC 12-15-14
So simple and satisfying! I substituted the sugar w/xylitol and a bit of molasses for a bit healthier twist. I found it wonderful simply on a bed of steamed greens/carrots W/mushrooms and chives. Warm and happy!