Peggy Swistak, consulting nutritionist at Pacific Northwest Ballet, gives one of her favorite dinner recipes for dancers: brown-sugar spiced salmon.
“Here’s a simple recipe with ingredients that most people already have in their pantry. You can serve it hot or cold, with couscous, a whole grain of your choice or a bagged salad, and leftovers are great for lunch the next day. Salmon is a great source of protein, and it’s full of healthy omega-3 fatty acids.”
• 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
• 1 tablespoon chili powder
• 1 teaspoon kosher salt
• 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
• 4 6-ounce salmon filets (could substitute fish of choice)
• Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
• Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.
• In a small bowl mix together all the dry ingredients.
• Put the salmon on the baking sheet, skin side down.
• Evenly distribute the sugar-spice mixture on the top of the fillets. (Be generous, and coat it thick!)
• Bake for 10–15 minutes, depending on fillet thickness.