Sea salt is all-natural and does not go through any processing unlike the commercial variety. Because of this, more and more people are using it and discovering its health benefits. This amazing spice is proven to help boost the immune system - its alkalizing properties help fight against allergies, cold, fever and flu as well as more serious health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, osteoporosis and depression. It is also good for the heart, reducing the risk of strokes and heart attacks.
Salt Roasted Summer Vegetables
What you need:
2 red apples, peeled, seeded and sliced into 8 pieces
4 cups unpeeled gold potatoes, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
2 cups peeled carrots, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
2 cups peeled butternut squash, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
2 cups peeled red sweet potatoes, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
2 cups peeled white sweet potatoes, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
2 cups red onion, cut into 1 1/2-inch wedges
16 2-inch fresh thyme sprigs
8 fresh flat leaf parsley sprigs, coarsely torn
1/2 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon fine sea salt, divided
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Soak potatoes, butternut squash, red potatoes and white potatoes in separate containers for 10-15 minutes then drain. Place the vegetables in a large bowl and add the olive oil. Toss to coat. Add 3/4 teaspoon of the sea salt, red pepper flakes and thyme sprigs. Spread the vegetables in a 12x18 inch rimmed sheet pan and bake in a pre-heated oven (400 degrees F) for 25 to 30 minutes. Add apples, stir and bake for 30 minutes more or until apples and vegetables are brown and tender. Transfer to serving bowl, top with remaining sea salt and garnish with parsley.
Butter and Sea Salt Grilled Sea Bass
What you need:
1 kg. sea bass
2 cloves garlic, chopped
3 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped Italian flat leaf parsley
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
Lemon pepper to taste
Paprika to taste
Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat and cook garlic and parsley for about 30 seconds. Remove from heat and set aside. Combine sea salt, garlic powder, onion powder, lemon pepper and paprika in a small bowl. Rub the mixture onto the fish. Place the sea bass in heavy duty aluminum foil then grill over high heat for 5 to 7 minutes. Turn, drizzle with butter then cook for 5 to 7 minutes more or until fish is easily flaked with a fork. Drizzle with olive oil then serve.
Sea Salt and Parmesan Asparagus
What you need:
1/2 kg. asparagus spears, trimmed and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
1 lemon, juiced and zested
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon minced garlic
3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Place asparagus in a medium bowl then add lemon juice and zest, Parmesan, butter, garlic, black pepper and sea salt. Toss to coat evenly. Arrange spears in a baking dish evenly. Bake in a pre-heated oven (400 degrees F), stirring occasionally, for 10 to 15 minutes or until asparagus spears are tender.
These fulfilling sea salt recipes are ideal if you're in the mood for something salty yet healthy!
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