Not Just For Diabetics

As a personal chef, I deal with a lot of what I call “serial dieters”…people who try one diet after another, in search of the perfect waistline. For those people, I suggest a diabetic diet. Controlled portions, lower carbs and meals that are in balance help people get and stay healthy, while enjoying really good food.  Next time you’re in the mood for salmon, try this recipe:

Salmon with Fresh Fruit Salsa

Serves 4

1 pound salmon fillets, cut into 4 portions

1/2t chili powder, salt-free

1C fresh pineapple, diced 

1C fresh cantaloupe, diced

1/2C red bell pepper, diced

1/4C seasoned rice wine vinegar

2T fresh cilantro, finely chopped

1/4t crushed red pepper flakes

Preheat your oven to 350F. Spray a 9″x9″ baking pan with olive oil cooking spray. Place salmon in the pan in a single layer and sprinkle with chili powder. Spray the fillets lightly with cooking spray and bake, uncovered, for 35 minutes or until the thickest part of the fillet is translucent.

Meanwhile, combine the rest of the ingredients in a small bowl and set aside. When ready, plate the salmon and top each fillet with 1/2C of the salsa.

Don’t expect leftovers.

Recipe courtesy of “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Terrific Diabetic Meals”

Photo courtesy of

Kent McDonald is a Certified Personal Chef, living and working in Phoenix, AZ. (c) All rights reserved, 2011

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