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The Good (Fat), the Bad and the Cilantro


The only way I can get my kids to eat fish is if it's grilled, it's salmon and it's covered with a rich buttery sauce. They get really good fat and really bad fat all in one shot, but it tastes really good. This time I flavored the sauce with lime juice, wine and shallots. Because cilantro and lime juice are a great match, I decided to season the couscous, my favorite quick-fix carbohydrate, with freshly chopped cilantro.

Steamed asparagus rounds things out. Dessert can be simple too. A bowl of frozen yogurt is a cool (low-fat) finish to the meal.


Cilantro Couscous

Grilled Salmon

Steamed Asparagus

Frozen Yogurt

Cilantro Couscous

Active Work Time: 5 minutes * Total Preparation Time: 15 minutes * Easy * Quick

2 tablespoons butter

1 clove garlic, chopped

2 cups water

1 (10-ounce) box couscous

1 bunch cilantro, about 3/4 cup, chopped

* Bring butter, garlic and water to boil. Remove from heat and stir in couscous and cilantro. Let sit 5 minutes. Fluff with fork and serve.

4 servings. Each serving: 372 calories; 68 mg sodium; 16 mg cholesterol; 6 grams fat; 66 grams carbohydrates; 11 grams protein; 0.54 gram fiber.

Butter Sauce

Active Work and Total Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Juice of 1 lime

1/2 cup white wine

1 large shallot, chopped, about 2 tablespoons

3 tablespoons whipping cream

1/4 cup butter

* Bring lime juice, wine and shallot to boil and cook until reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium. Add cream and whisk to incorporate. Add butter 1 tablespoon at a time, whisking well as the butter melts.

1/2 cup. Each tablespoon: 74 calories; 62 mg sodium; 19 mg cholesterol; 7 grams fat; 1 gram carbohydrates; 0 protein; 0.01 gram fiber.

Grilled Salmon

Active Work and Total Preparation Time: 10 minutes * Easy * Quick

1 1/2 pounds salmon filets

1 tablespoon oil



* Rinse salmon and pat dry thoroughly. Brush with oil and season with salt and pepper to taste.

* Place on grill. Cook 4 to 5 minutes on each side, depending on thickness. Fish is done when it begins to flake. Remember that fish will continue to cook once removed from grill.

4 servings. Each serving: 223 calories; 134 mg sodium; 75 mg cholesterol; 12 grams fat; 0 carbohydrates; 27 grams protein; 0 fiber.

Steamed Asparagus

Active Work Time: 5 minutes Total Preparation Time: 10 minutes * Easy * Quick

1 pound asparagus

1/4 lemon


* Trim tough bottoms off asparagus and peel spears if especially thick. Place asparagus in steamer or shallow pan with only 1/2 inch of lightly salted boiling water. Steam until just tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove to serving dish, sprinkle with lemon juice and salt to taste.

4 servings. Each serving:

29 calories; 76 mg sodium; 0 cholesterol; 0 fat; 6 grams carbohydrates; 4 grams protein; 0.94 gram fiber.


30 minutes before: Chop cilantro, shallot and garlic. Squeeze lime juice. Wash and trim asparagus.

25 minutes before: Make butter sauce and keep warm.

15 minutes before: Begin boiling water, garlic and butter for couscous. Rinse salmon, pat dry, brush with oil and season with salt and pepper. Put salmon on grill.

10 minutes before: Remove boiling water from heat and add couscous.

5 minutes before: Steam asparagus. Spread couscous on serving platter. Place salmon on top of couscous. Pour butter sauce over fish. Serve with asparagus.










Whipping cream

White wine

Shopping List

1 bunch asparagus

1 bunch cilantro

1 (10-ounce) box couscous

1 1/2 pounds salmon filets

1 pint frozen yogurt

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