Salmon Souvlaki with Cauliflower Rice and Tzatziki + 5 Eating Disorder Facts

 

This salmon souvlaki is marinated is a delicious blend of spices and herbs and served over my favorite - cauliflower rice! Don't forget the tzatziki! 

 
Salmon Souvlaki with Cauliflower Rice and Tzaziki
 

Hey guys! Hope your week has been fantastic!

So, I had the most serendipitous thing happen yesterday. I'm the education chair for our local dietetics association and in charge of setting up our continuing education seminars. Months and months ago I set up an education on eating disorders taught by my officemate, a fantastic eating disorder specialist from Eating Recovery Center. But I didn't realize until a couple days ago that I accidentally planned it during Eating Disorders Awareness Week! And not only that, but just this Wednesday, like, two days ago,Eating Disorder Awareness Day was signed into law for March 1st - like yesterday! So basically all of our local dietitians got to celebrate ED Awareness Day in the coolest way possible! Isn't that crazy? Or am I the only one super impressed with myself?

 
Salmon Souvlaki with Cauliflower Rice and Tzatziki
 

Since it is Eating Disorder Awareness Week and because I've been pretty slack about promoting it, I wanted to share some facts about eating disorders today. Eating disorders are really misunderstood - most people imagine someone wasting away, when in reality, most people are silently suffering while no one around them recognizes their pain. I want to break the stereotype so more people feel empowered to get help.

  • Dieting is the most significant eating disorder trigger, increasing the risk of an ED 5-11 times depending on the degree of restriction. And unfortunately (as we all know) dieting is really common. Over 60% of teen girls are dieting and 1/3rd of those fall in the "normal" BMI range.
  • 75% of women report some degree of disordered eating behavior. Y'all, that is 3 out of four women. So when I say the world has it's own eating disorder, like, it's not hyperbole.
  • 25% of people seeking treatment for weight loss meet the diagnostic criteria for binge eating disorder, the most common type of ED. Dieting only exacerbates it since hunger fuels binges.
  • Eating disorders don't just affect women. An estimated 25% of people with anorexia and bulimia are men as well as 36% of people with binge eating disorder.
  • Eating disorders occur across the spectrum of body sizes. In fact, the majority of people with eating disorders have a normal BMI or fall into the overweight/obese range.

I share all this because I think it's important that we are respectful with our language, especially about food and dieting, because the majority of people are fighting food in some way or another. If you are constantly feeling stressed about eating and anxious about your body, don't push it aside. Get help. NEDA has this really helpful screening tool if you are concerned you  might have a problem.

Food is nourishing. Food is fuel. Food is pleasure.

 
 

Here's a really tasty recipe for salmon souvlaki which I served with cauliflower rice, tzatziki and all the fixins'. I wrote about my thoughts on veggies masquerading as carbs awhile back. Generally speaking, I'm not a fan, but I have this weird love of cauliflower rice. Like, I enjoy it more than actual rice. If you're not on board, swap some rice, couscous, quinoa...whatever floats your boat!

 

Salmon Souvlaki with Cauliflower Rice and Tzatziki

Author: Rachael Hartley, RD, LD, CDE, CLT
Serves: Serves 4

Ingredients

Salmon

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Zest of 1 lemon, plus juice of half a lemon
  • 1 tablespoon mint, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dill, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 salmon filets, about 6 ounces each

Tzaziki

  • 3/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cucumber, grated and lightly squeezed to remove liquid
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon mint, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dill, chopped

Cauliflower Rice

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 lb bag riced cauliflower (or 1 head cauliflower, riced)

To Serve

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 2 roasted red peppers, sliced
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced
  • 3 ounces cubed feta
  • Arugula
  • Fresh mint and dill
 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  2. First, marinate the salmon. In a small bowl, mix together olive oil, lemon, mint, dill, oregano, smoked paprika, garlic and season with salt and black pepper. Place salmon skin side down on a rimmed baking sheet and spread tops of salmon with marinade. Let sit 15 minutes, then place in the oven and slow-roast for 20 minutes.
  3. While salmon is marinading, make the tzatziki. Mix all tzaziki ingredients together in a bowl, season with salt to taste and refrigerate until ready to use.
  4. While salmon is roasting, make cauliflower rice. Heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic and cook until translucent. Add cauliflower rice and cook until tender, stirring occasionally, about 7-10 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper.
  5. Divide cauliflower rice between four plates. Top with salmon, cherry tomatoes, roasted red peppers, avocado, feta, and arugula. Dollop with tzaziki. Garnish with fresh mint and dill.

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Greek Braised Cod with Tomato Sauce and Olives

Greek Braised Cod with Tomato Sauce and Olives

Giant Beans with Spinach and Tomatoes

Giant Beans with Spinach and Tomatoes

Zucchini White Bean Balls with Chopped Greek Salad
Zucchini White Bean Balls with Chopped Greek Salad
 
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