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Meatless Fridays

February 19, 2013

By: Coach Maria – Salus Nutritionist & Food Expert

Last week marked the official start of the Lenten season for Catholics around the world. 

Lent is the period of the Catholic Church’s calendar leading up to Easter. The traditional purpose of Lent is to prepare the believer – through prayer, alms-giving and fasting – for Easter.
The period is symbolic of the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert preparing for his public ministry.

Every Friday, for the next 6 weeks, Catholics abstain from meat.

This first Meatless Friday recipe is a very basic meal, but the flavors and texture are far from basic.  The pecan crust can be used on any fish of choice!

Pecan Crusted Salmon
serves 2

1/3 c pecans, finely chopped (food processor!)
1/4 c freshly grated parmesan (omit if dairy-free and substitute with unsweetened and finely shredded coconut)
1 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp olive oil
sea salt & pepper to taste
2 – 6 oz salmon filets

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a bowl, mix together all ingredients, except salmon.
Place salmon filets on baking dish and top with pecan mixture.
Bake until fish flakes easily with a fork. 12-20minutes, depending on thickness of filet.
Serve immediately with roasted vegetables or salad.

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