Battle The Effects Of Smoking With Omega-3

Sunrise Senior Living  |  May 21, 2012

We have all heard for years the negative affect smoking has on our health, and as you age, the habit can put you at a higher risk for a number of serious health problems. However, a new study suggests that consuming omega-3 fatty acids could help reduce the amount of physical harm smoking can cause.

The researchers found that those who consumed omega-3 fatty acids and smoked had improved their arterial stiffness compared to smokers who did not consume the nutrient regularly. Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in a number of fish such as trout, and lucky for you, the Sunrise Senior Living facility in Bethesda, Maryland had come up with a tasty dish featuring this seafood staple.

Pumpkin-Crusted Baked Trout with Mole Sauce
Sunrise at Fox Hill

Serves 8

8 boneless brown trout filets
1 3/4 c. toasted pumpkin seeds, chopped
1 c. seasoned flour
3 whole eggs
2 c. cooked blacked quinoa, cooked
1/2 c. dried blueberries
3/4 c. cranberry juice reduction
1/2 c. avocado oil
3/4 c. arugula
3/4 c. raisins
18 oz. dark chocolate
1 1/2 c. chicken stock
1/2 c. sundried tomatoes
1 c. fresh cranberries
1 1/2 c. water
1/2 c. honey

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Season trout with salt and pepper. Roll trout from head to tail. Place trout in the seasoned flour. Break the eggs into a bowl and beat gently; place the trout in the egg wash and then in the chopped pumpkin seeds. Cover the trout with the pumpkin seeds. Pour 1 oz. of the avocado oil over the trout and place in the oven for 8 minutes. Heat the quinoa with 4 oz. of the chicken stock; add the blueberries and season to taste.

Cranberry Juice Reduction
Simmer cranberries in a mix of honey and water for 15 minutes. Mash with a fork, strain, mix and then reduce the liquid by 50% or until syrupy. Let cool.

Mole Sauce
Heat the rest of the chicken stock, add the raisins and sundried tomatoes. Turn off the heat, add the chocolate, then place in a blender. Puree mixture and season to taste. Do not return sauce to the heat! Keep warm.