Trout: The Perfect Catch
This light dish featuring trout— one of the safest fish to eat— makes a perfect evening meal as summer moves into fall
Stand aside, salmon. Move over, mackerel. When it comes to healthy protein, trout is the catch of the day.
When Chef Jeannette sent me this recipe, the first thing I did was Google rainbow trout. That’s because every time you look, it seems there’s another hidden danger or environmental problem with fish. Farmed salmon is, according to the Environmental Working Group, the main source of polychlorinated biphenyls ( PCBs) in the U. S. food supply. Swordfish can have large amounts of mercury. And do we really trust the farm- raised tilapia from China?
On the other hand, rainbow trout seems to be on the “good” side of everyone’s “eat this, not that” list. In 2014, Women’s Health magazine listed it under “fish you should eat,” and as recently as May of this year, livestrong. com listed it as one of the nine safest seafood options. ( Mussels and Pacifi c sardines also made the list.)
Rainbow trout has more than 100 percent of the daily requirement for vitamin B , as well as more potassium than bananas. It’s also got a nice dollop of niacin, an important B vitamin. And the rest of the ingredients in this dish are superstar supporting players with a wealth of health benefi ts: garlic, the original medicinal food; tomatoes, with their healthy dose of the antioxidant lycopene; olives, with their legendary olive polyphenols ( the reason extra virgin olive oil is so good for you); and the underappreciated lemon, the subject of this month’s “featured ingredient” section. As my grandmother used to say, “What’s not to like?” — Dr. Jonny