Chopped Veggie Dill & Sardine Salad

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Alright, guys!  Once again, I am giving a shout out to sardines!  I know that every time I write a post with a sardine recipe, I go on and on about how fantastic these tiny guys are, but I only do this because it’s true!!!  The following pin links to a site that explains 20 health benefits of Sardines.

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Some of these benefits include the following.

  • Reduces inflammation
  • Helps relieve depression and anxiety
  • Helps control blood sugar
  • Prevents blood clots
  • Prevents heart disease
  • Promotes healthy brain function

And that’s only 6 in this list of 20, and the list of 20 is only 20 in the loads and loads of health benefits that this fish provides!  If you haven’t been convinced to try them with my past posts, then hopefully this salad will get you on the sardine bandwagon!

This salad is SO yummy!  Loaded with veggies, sardines, and a healthy dill dressing, the nutrition in this thing is out of this world!  Best part?  It’s a salad, so it’s beyond simple to make!

CHOPPED VEGGIE DILL & SARDINE SALAD

Ingredients – makes one salad…feel free to use more or less of a certain ingredient – it’s up to you!

  • 2 cups baby spinach, finely chopped.
  • 1/2 cucumber, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 tomato, cored and finely chopped
  • 3 Tbsp. chopped red onion
  • 1 tin of boneless and skinless sardines (in water), drained
  • 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1-2 Tbsp. fresh dill, chopped
  • sea salt, to taste

Directions

1.) Layer your spinach, cucumber, tomato, and onion on a plate.  Toss to combine.

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2.) In a bowl, combine the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and dill.  Stir to combine.  Add the sardines to the bowl, and mash up with a fork.  Stir to combine.  Add the sardine and dill mixture to the salad.

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3.) Season with sea salt and mix well.

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You’ve gotta try this!!!  It’s SO yummy and SO good for you!  Enjoy! 🙂

Sardine Salad

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Yay! Another way to enjoy sardines!  I know I talked about sardines a lot in the past, but it’s only because they are SO good for you!  I know a lot of people don’t like sardines — I used to be one of them, but after learning how amazing these little guys are for your health, I decided to make an effort to learn to enjoy them.  This salad is a great recipe to make these things as tasty as can be!

Just to reiterate the health benefits of sardines, let’s check out this pin that lists some of the benefits of these tiny fish!

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Wow!  These guys are also packed with vitamin D, which a lot of people are depleted of these days!  Seriously, if you can learn to enjoy sardines, you are doing your body a HUGE favor!  Alright, I’ll stop gabbing about sardines now and get to the salad recipe.

SARDINE SALAD

Ingredients – makes one serving

  • 1 handful Spinach
  • 1 handful Arugula
  • 2-3 Tbsp. Parsley
  • 1/4 Avocado
  • 1-2 Radishes
  • 1/2 – 1 can of sardines packed in water
  • olive oil
  • lemon juice
  • sea salt
  • pepper

Directions

1.) Place your sardines in a small container, and cover with half the parsley, then sprinkle with lemon juice and sea salt.  Let sit for 10-15 minutes.

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2.) Arrange the spinach, arugula, avocado, radish, and the rest of the parsley.

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3.) Place the sardines on top of the salad.  Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with additional lemon juice, sea salt, and pepper.

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YUM!  Super healthy, and really yummy!  Enjoy! 🙂

Lentil & Sardine Bake

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This lentil and sardine bake is SO good!  I actually made it for breakfast, and it was a perfect way to start the day!  The lentils provide a whole bunch of iron, folate, fiber, and complex carbohydrates, which provides tons of energy to get your day going.  Even better, this dish contains the best of the best: sardines!!!  Sardines are a major power food.  They provide loads of omega-3’s, vitamin D, and vitamin B12.  What’s so great about sardines is that they are teensy tiny, so they don’t absorb much mercury like most fish and seafood. They are one of the few types of seafood that are safe to eat now-a-days.  The following pin explains 7 health benefits of sardines.

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All this in these little guys!  Another great thing about sardines is that they are a milder fish.  In all honesty, I don’t like the taste of fish, but sardines are actually pretty good.  I get the boneless and skinless sardines packed in water – YUM!  If you are looking to start including sardines in your diet, this bake is a good way to do it.  You don’t really taste the sardines in this, so if you don’t like the taste of them, it is well hidden with all the flavors going on in this yumminess!

All that being said, if you really are opposed to eating sardines, you can replace them with mushrooms in this recipe, and the recipe is still delicious!  It will have less nutrients, but will still be healthy.  It will also transform this into a vegetarian meal if that is what you’re looking for.

Okay, let’s get to the recipe!

LENTIL AND SARDINE BAKE

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup green lentils
  • 1 cup sardines (2 tins of sardines)
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • 1 bunch of dill
  • 1 bunch green onions
  • 2 tsps. thyme
  • sea salt, to taste

Directions:

1.) Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

2.) Prepare your lentils as directed on the package.  Strain well, and place in a large bowl.

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3.) While your lentils are cooking, prepare your vegetables.

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4.) Heat a bit of olive oil in a frying pan.  Add the onion and carrots, and cook for about 7 minutes. Put the cooked onion and carrots on top of the lentils in the bowl.

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5.) Add the parsley, dill, sardines, eggs, green onions, thyme, and sea salt to the bowl.  Mix well.

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6.) Place the content of the bowl into a prepared bread pan (greased and lined with parchment paper hanging off the sides for easy removal when done cooking).

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7.) Place in the oven and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

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8.) Allow to cool and set in pan for about 10 minutes.  Use the edges of the parchment paper to pull out of the pan.  Chop into slices and serve.

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YUM!  Enjoy! 🙂