Did you know that mustard can provide the body with some great health benefits? Mustard seeds have been a medicinal (provides healing properties) and culinary prize spice for centuries. Used to liven up dishes and amp up the body’s response to various symptoms and ailments. The mustard plant blooms in the winter bearing golden yellow flowers. The tiny round seeds are then found in the fruit pods (similar to discovering green peas in a pea pod). The main varieties grown worldwide are: white, black, and brown mustards.
Mustard seeds are rich in antioxidants, minerals, nutrients, and phytonutrients. They are considered an oily seed providing high quality essential oils, proteins, and dietary fiber. This seed is also an excellent source of B-complex vitamins which helps regulate metabolism and support nervous system function. Other vitamins and minerals provided include: calcium, E, copper, selenium, manganese, iron, and zinc. Mustard seeds have been used in various cultures to relieve muscle pain, arthritis, and to stimulate hair growth.
Do you know where mustard gets that vibrant yellow color from? Turmeric! Grounded mustard seeds are usually dull gray or a brownish color. You must add Turmeric to give it that bright yellow appearance we are so used to spreading over a freshly grilled hotdog! Turmeric is a super spice that provides many health benefits. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects, it’s a strong antioxidant, and it provides antiseptic benefits. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, possesses many medicinal qualities and is used to protect the body from free radicals, liver damage, kills cancer cells, boosts brain function, lowers risk of brain diseases, reduces arthritis symptoms, stomach upset, and more. Chronic inflammation is a contributor to many diseases , and the benefits of curcumin may help reduce these events.
The following recipe is quick, easy, and soooo delicious! A great way to include a little yellow mustard in your daily diet. This is one of those go-to-meals I like to make after a long hard day at work. I want something satisfying, but I can’t imagine spending more than a few minutes in the kitchen to prepare it. Try my Maple Mustard Glazed Salmon and you will be amazed how quickly this restaurant style dish will make it to your table!
Servings: 4-6 Salmon Filets
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil (also some oil for frying in skillet)
- 1 teaspoon Tamari (gluten-free soy sauce) or 1 teaspoon Coconut Aminos (gluten and soy free)
- Salt and pepper for seasoning filets
- Rub salt and pepper on Salmon filets and set aside.
- To prepare your glaze place the rest of the ingredients in a small bowl: chili powder, yellow mustard, maple syrup, coconut oil, Tamari.
- Whisk until completely combined. Set aside.
- Preheat a large heavy skillet (I prefer to use a black iron skillet) over medium heat allowing it to warm up at least 1 minute before adding the coconut oil.
- When the skillet is hot add oil. Lift and turn the skillet to evenly distribute the oil.
- Brush salmon with the maple mustard glaze and place in the skillet. Let the salmon fry for at least 2 minutes without disturbing it (if you turn it too soon it will stick because it has not had time to sear). Once seared the salmon will lift freely from the bottom of the skillet.
- Sear the salmon fillets for 3-5 minutes per side. While searing brush the top of the fillets with the leftover glaze. The filets are done when the inner flesh is no longer transparent.
- Transfer the glazed salmon filets to plates and serve with a side of spinach and kale sauté. Enjoy!