You may not be aware but March is Endometriosis Awareness month. For this occasion, I thought I would share a recipe that is endometriosis friendly, but first; what is Endometriosis?
It is a disorder that unfortunately affects an estimated 176 million women worldwide*. It is a major factor in fertility problems and comes with an array of painful symptoms. It occurs when tissues normally found in the endometrium (womb lining) are found elsewhere in the pelvis or other parts of the body such as the bowel.
Symptoms can vary but include:
- Painful, heavy or irregular periods
- Spotting or bleeding between periods
- Abdominal bloating, constipation or diarrhea, especially during periods
- Deep pain during or after intercourse
- Pelvic pain, especially during period or near ovulation
- Pain when urinating
- Back or leg pain
- Fatigue, lack of energy, depression
- Fertility problems
If you have been struggling with infertility, make sure you consult you health care provider to rule out endometriosis.
Women with endometriosis tend to benefit from a diet void of inflammatory foods such as refined sugar, wheat, dairy products and caffeine. In the same fashion, increasing their intake of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich foods can help tremendously.
And there isn’t much better than omega-3s for anti-inflammatory food!
This is why I decided to combine walnuts and salmon for this dish. They both are very rich in omega-3s which have been shown to reduce inflammation. Besides, salmon is an excellent source of protein, full of vitamins and even contains some anti-oxidants. And same goes for walnuts!
*Source from www.endometriosis.org
Walnut crusted salmon
- 2 salmon filets
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 1 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
- 2 tbsp dijon mustard
- 1/2 tbsp honey
- 1 garlic clove minced
- salt & pepper to taste
- Preheat oven at 400F
- In a food processor, crush the walnuts finely
- Combine the walnuts and parsley then set aside.
- In a separate bowl, combine the mustard, honey and garlic.
- Pat your salmon dry and season with salt and pepper then cover in a layer of mustard mixture.
- Press the walnut and parsley mix on the salmon firmly so it sticks.
- Place in the oven on a parchment lined baking sheet and cook for 15-20 minutes or until your salmon is cooked.
- Serve with honey and thyme glazed carrots.