One of my favorite restaurants is Red Lobster, or “Red Slobbers” as I called it as a child. We go there for my birthday almost every year, and you’ll always find me with an Ultimate Feast or a plate of Snow Crab Legs in front of me. I learned from a young age how to crack the legs, divest them of the meat, and then manipulate the claw to “talk”. My husband, on the other hand, is not a fan of seafood. Luckily my favorite restaurant also has a few non-seafood options. But the one food we can agree on is fish.
I’ll admit, growing up the fish we had most often in our house was canned tuna. I don’t really remember eating any other kind of fish unless it was at Red Lobster, but I’m sure I must’ve. I know I liked salmon before I was married, though I don’t recollect eating it…except for salmon patties. Those I remember eating at my Grammie’s house. My hubby, however, was well established in his like of tilapia and not much other fish by the time I met him. Since we’ve been married, we’ve explored the fish waters further together.
Today we’ve added dishes such as Fish en Papillote and Black Fish Tacos to our menu. Mahi Mahi, Salmon, and Tilapia are the kinds most often found in our house, though we do have a bag of Cod in the freezer. And why not? With so many health benefits, fish is the perfect and easy week night dinner addition.
Apart from Omega-3s and Vitamin D, fish is also rich in calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, magnesium, and potassium. The American Heart Association recommends eating fish at least two times a week even if you’re pregnant. If you are pregnant, though, you do need to be more careful of the type of fish you eat, just fyi. Fish is really good for cardiovascular and brain health (read DHA for growing brains!) Of course you should take this advice with a grain of salt and contact your doctor if you have any questions.
This week I plan on making Mahi Mahi fish tacos using a Baja Taco seasoning packet. I finally tried this recipe a couple weeks ago and it was so good, I ended up eating the fish by itself! Another easy favorite of ours is Joanna Gaines’ Black Fish Tacos. The pairing of marinated fish and mangos is just…mwah. I suppose it helps that I absolutely love both fish and mangos on their own, so…you know.
If you’re searching for a way to mix up your week nights and want something healthier to eat, look no further than fish. There are plenty of recipes out there. I recommend Black Fish Tacos from Magnolia Table and Fish en Papillote from Gwyneth Paltrow’s The Clean Plate cookbook as two places to start. Do you have a favorite fish recipe? I’d love to hear it! Happy Eating!