simple salmon

This easy dinner provides omega 3'’s, protein and more.

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At the end of the day, cooking an elaborate meal is probably the least important thing on your to-do list. So why not make a quick dish that leaves plenty of time for lounging? This recipe takes less than 30 minutes to prepare, and it’s full of healthful ingredients: The salmon contains omega-3 fatty acids, which aid fetal eye development; and protein, which helps build your baby’s cells. The mango salsa adds beta carotene, a nutrient that’s important for your baby’s vision and immune system.

Salmon With Mango Salsa

Serves 4

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 12 minutes

1 large, ripe mango

1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped

1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

1 lime, cut in half

1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

Salt

Freshly ground black pepper

4 6-ounce boneless salmon filets

1 teaspoon olive oil

Slice mango lengthwise along both sides of pit and twist apart so you have two halves. Using a sharp knife, cut around the edges of the pit; remove and discard. Score the interior fruit of both halves to form a tic-tac-toe pattern. Using a spoon, scoop the mango cubes into a small bowl.

Add bell pepper, cilantro, juice of half a lime and cumin to bowl. Toss mixture gently and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Preheat broiler. Place salmon filets skin side down on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Coat fish with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Broil for 10–12 minutes, or until fish flakes easily.

Using a spatula, slide fish off baking sheet (the skin should stick to the foil; discard). Spoon salsa over fish and serve with remaining lime cut into wedges.

Nutritional information per serving (1 salmon filet and 3/4 cup salsa): 297 calories, 36% fat (12 grams), 17% carbohydrate, 47% protein, 2 grams fiber, 2 milligrams iron, 38 milligrams calcium, 15 micrograms folate.

For a complete meal: Mix together thinly sliced red cabbage, red pepper and blanched snow peas. Toss with a low-fat vinaigrette to make a quick and tasty salad.

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