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Make ahead desserts (check!), make-ahead appetizer (check)… Let’s move on to the main dish! While most people think turkey on Thanksgiving, and I’ll admit it, I am one of them; I am harnessing the power of #tbt and serving Apple Bourbon Glazed Salmon for Thanksgiving dinner!
While there isn’t a written menu of what was served at the first Thanksgiving we can take some educated guesses. Historians believe that along with some type of wildfowl, fish and shellfish were likely part of the first Thanksgiving meal. But, it’s been 8 years since I could eat poultry, and with the most recent development that fish/shellfish are safe again, fish will be starring on my table!
Yeah, I said it. And while this is mostly based on the fact that I can eat salmon but not turkey, I’ve got a few other scientifically nutritious reasons why it’s true. Though, I should note that I’m not a doctor or nutritionist and that diet may be beneficial, it is not an instant solution to any mental health diagnosis.
First off, let me say that despite the low-carb bandwagon everyone seems to be riding these days… Carbs are good for you, ESPECIALLY at Thanksgiving! Whether you’re eating turkey or salmon, stock your plate with carbs too! Why? Because both proteins contain tryptophan, an amino acid that is essential to humans. And, when consumed with carbs, tryptophan gets absorbed into the brain better!
For anyone with depression and anxiety, the holidays can be a lot to try to handle. Large gatherings in and of themselves increase anxiety levels. Add in the family part and, it can be tough to field questions about your life while you feel like you’re not measuring up to everyone’s standards… But as I wrote in my “Depression Diet” there are foods that provide nutrients to assist the body in creating and neurotransmitters (aka happy chemicals) in your brain. Let’s take a look at how turkey and salmon compare with each other.
Am I the only one who gets nerdy about nutrition? Comparing foods and labels is something I actually enjoy doing. No? Well alright. Let’s play a quick word association game then. When I say “Flavors of Fall” what comes to mind? No. Stop it! I’m not doing a pumpkin spice salmon. Try again… What about Apples? Brown sugar? Cinnamon? Heck in Kentucky, we’re coming into Hot Toddy season, so I think bourbon and honey too. All of these flavors come together so well in other dishes… I started thinking about how to use them to dress up salmon for its starring role on the Thanksgiving table.
So, I tend to make salmon at least once (maybe even twice) per week. In order for me to serve salmon for Thanksgiving, it needed to get a flavor boost. During the week we tend to go simple and bake a large filet with simple salt and pepper, or some blackening seasoning. For it to be different for Thanksgiving, it was going to need some fall flavors and a special element to make it a show stopper! That’s when it hit me. Apple Bourbon Glazed Salmon!