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5 Ways to Prepare Salmon: Salmon Ideas for Your Low-Cholesterol Diet

Quick and Easy Salmon Ideas for Your Low-Cholesterol Diet

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Updated January 24, 2011

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Packed with protein and omega-3 fats (and only 55 mg of cholesterol per 3 oz. serving), salmon is a heart smart choice that can be enjoyed any time of day. Aim to eat fish (a serving is considered 3.5 ounces cooked) twice a week as part of your low-cholesterol diet.

At Breakfast Start your day with a filling protein-packed meal of Scrambled Eggs With Smoked Salmon.

At Lunch Spring Salmon Salad is a satisfying lunchtime dish that will keep you energized throughout the afternoon.

For a Barbecue Want a healthier alternative to burgers and hotdogs? Try Grilled Salmon Steaks or Seattle Salmon Burgers (use reduced-fat mayonnaise) and surprise your diners with a gourmet-style meal.

As a Party Appetizer Use fat-free cream cheese in this Salmon and Cream Cheese Appetizer to make it a cholesterol-friendly party food.

At Dinner Salmon and Asparagus in Foil Packets are a quick and easy way to prepare a nutritious meal. As an added bonus, this colorful dish makes for a beautiful presentation.

PREPARATION TIPS

Seasonings: Top with fresh or dried dill, lemon, lemon pepper, garlic, coriander.

Toppings: Try tangy citrus (orange, pineapple) salsa, spicy or honey mustard, or low-fat plain yogurt topped with dill.

Sides: Hearty grains like quinoa and couscous, or vegetables such as steamed broccoli or grilled asparagus, pair well with salmon dishes.

Marinade: Try a mixture of low-sodium soy sauce, honey, brown sugar and fresh lemon juice for a delicious marinade.

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