Some Great-Tasting and Healthy Meatless Meals for Lent

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Last year, we introduced you to some of our delicious and healthy meat-free dining options for the Lenten season. This year, Easter is coming much earlier (April 5th) and therefore, Lent is already underway. If you happen to be someone who for religious reasons abstains from eating meat on Fridays during Lent (or even for the whole season) we have a new guide of great selections for you in 2015. After we share with you some of the meals that you can enjoy on both taste and health levels, we’ll share with you a recipe from Epicurious.com for a gourmet dish by the name of Lobster Curry.

Our first suggestion is for you to indulge in some delicious salmon. We have so many varieties of this delicious and nutritious fish that you can try a different one for every Friday in Lent. Our salmon varieties include Sockeye salmon, Atlantic salmon, King salmon, Coho salmon, Irish salmon, and Norwegian salmon. For a new twist on a classic fish, we also offer salmon burgers.

Clearly, we offer a large array of choices when it comes to salmon.

Clearly, we offer a large array of choices when it comes to salmon.

Salmon is one of those foods that truly lets you have it all. It not only tastes great, but it also provides several key nutrients a human needs to function at their best. Every salmon variety is an excellent source of Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids. As you’ve likely heard, omega-3 fatty acids offer numerous health benefits and are especially helpful to the brain. Regular consumption of foods rich in these acids has been shown to have positive effects on people suffering from depression, ADHD, Alzheimer’s Disease, dyslexia, autism, and schizophrenia.

At the time of this writing, it’s still winter. Lovers of warmer weather may be a little sad that we still have nearly 3 weeks to wait until spring comes and more than three months until summer. Do you want to have a little bit of summer in winter? We can think of no better way than by indulging in some delicious lobster, arguably the official food of summer here in New England. As is the case with our salmon, you have many different choices when it comes to lobster at Atlantic Seafood Market. You can get whole live lobsters (we’ll even steam them for you!), fresh picked lobster meat, lobster salad, lobster cake, and lobster rolls. A couple of tasty lobster rolls turn lunchtime from a meal into an event.

Delicious Atlantic Seafood Market lobster rolls - you know you want one.

Delicious Atlantic Seafood Market lobster rolls – you know you want one.

Lobster also has many nutritional benefits to offer that you might not be aware of. By the pound, lobster meat contains almost 24 grams of protein, has less than 1 gram of fat, 1.5 grams of carbohydrates, and is a great source of calcium1. Once you’ve eaten the meat of your lobster, don’t hastily throw the body away. Inside the body cavity lies a green substance by the name of tomalley which is both delicious and completely safe to eat. If you’re lucky enough to have a female lobster on your plate, then you’ll also see the red roe which is also a sumptuous and safe treat.

As great as lobster is, it’s not the only fish in the sea that you can enjoy during this season. We also offer several varieties of clams that are perfect for steaming.

Mmm... Steamers

Mmm… Steamers

We carry Littlenecks, Cherrystones, and Quahogs, which are basically the small, medium, and large in the world of steamers. In addition to our steamers, we also sell diced clam meat which is ideal for making sauces and/or chowders at home. Along with our clams, we also offer scallops and mussels, as well as three mouth-watering varieties of oysters.

 

 

If you’re looking for some meat free options that taste good and are good for you but aren’t a fan of seafood, we still have much to offer to you. Take our beet salad for example. Few people realize the great amount of nutrition that comes in this humble little vegetable. Beets are a great source of potassium, magnesium, fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, and boron2. Unless you’re into chemistry, you may be unfamiliar with boron, but you surely don’t want to overlook it. Boron is a mineral element that serves to replenish human sexual hormones – basically it’s nature’s Viagara2. Aside from these benefits, beets also help to lower blood pressure and raise levels of trytophan, which helps to create a sense of calm and well-being in the human mind. All of these great benefits can be yours when you order a delicious beet salad at our counter.

Ah, the benefits of beets

Ah, the benefits of beets

Another healthy and great-tasting salad we make fresh daily is seaweed salad. Many people bristled at the thought of eating seaweed in the past, but it is fast catching on as a tasty way to acquire proper nutrition in today’s modern diets.

Treat your tastebuds and health with some seaweed salad.

Treat your tastebuds and health with some seaweed salad.

Our seaweed salad is rich in calcium as well as in Vitamins A and C. Seaweed is also one of the best sources of iodine among all foods. Healthy levels of iodine mean a healthy thyroid, which in turn will give you a well-regulated metabolism and lead to ideal body hormone distribution levels as well. If you lack iodine in your diet, you’ll be likely to feel listless and weak much of the time.

 

As mentioned earlier, we’ll now share with you an amazing Lobster Curry recipe, courtesy of Epicurious.com

Lobster Curry

Ingredients: 12 peeled pickling onions, 4 whole lobsters, 1 stick of cinnamon, 1 cup of fish stock, vegetable oil, 4-5 curry leaves, 1-2 sliced and seeded chili peppers, 2 tsp crushed garlic, lemon juice, salt, and black pepper (all three to taste), 1 tsp ground coriander, 1/2 tsp tumeric, 4 large skinned and sliced tomatoes, and 1/4 tsp cardamom3.

Directions:

1. Separate the tails from the lobsters’ bodies and wash them well. Cut of the telson (fanned tail) and set it aside. Then, cut the lobster tails in half lengthwise.

2. Boil the fish stock in a large saucepan and then add the lobster bodies and tail fins. Continue boiling for six minutes.

3. Remove the lobster from the stock and remove all claws and legs. Set these aside, as they will be used for a garnish later on along with the tail fins.

4. Strain the saucepan and keep the remaining stock.

5. Heat a small quantity of vegetable oil in another pan and cook the lobster tails in it for about 1 minute before removing them.

6. Add a little more oil to the pan and then brown the onions and garlic. When this has been achieved, add in the chili peppers, curry leaves, cinnamon, coriander, tumeric, cumin, and cardamom. Allow to sizzle for 30 seconds.

7. Add the tomatoes, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and stock. Cover and allow to simmer for 10 minutes.

8. Return the tail meat to the sauce and cook for 3 more minutes.

9. Pour portions into bowls and garnish with the lobster’s claws, legs, and tail fins3. Optionally, you may serve yellow rice as a side dish.

Works Cited

1. Author Unavailable
Steamed or Boiled Lobster
FatSecret.com
http://www.fatsecret.com/calories-nutrition/generic/lobster-steamed-or-boiled

2. Dumas, Kiley
6 Health Benefits of Eating Beets
FullCircle.com
http://www.fullcircle.com/goodfoodlife/2012/05/10/6-health-benefits-of-eating-beets/

3. Snyman, Lannice
Lobster Curry Recipe
Epicurious.com
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Lobster-Curry-231242

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