Fish and Fridays, they go way back, way way back. But cooking fish is so easy, so quick, so healthful, it's not just for Catholics anymore -- at least, it shouldn't be. And while we're at it, let's decide that fish isn't just for Fridays, either.
THE HISTORY OF FISH on FRIDAYS
Surprisingly, it's not about the fish, it about the meat. Catholic tradition calls for abstaining from meat on Fridays, especially on the Fridays during Lent, the weeks that precede Easter. So diet-wise, it's just as appropriate to fast on Fridays by eating a vegetarian meal.
The best thing about cooking fish? It's so easy; it's so quick. No wonder great fish recipes collect legions of faithful followers, religious tradition aside. So I've collected seven new fish recipes to try, all easy, all healthy, all delicious.
SEVEN FISH RECIPES for the SEVEN FRIDAYS of LENT
or SEVEN WEEKNIGHT HEALTHY SUPPERS
Diane's Dishes ~ Not Your Mama's Tuna Salad
"... why not take [tuna salad] to a whole new level! Who says you can't wow them with something really simple?"
Leite's Culinaria ~ Brazilian Fish Stew
"Just a little bit of coconut milk makes this colorful fish stew rich, but only in looks and spirit—one spoonful will reveal how unbelievably light it is."
Forking Delicious ~ Baja-Style Fried Fish Tacos
"I swear you can almost imagine yourself standing on the beach in San Felipe when you eat these. Served with an icy cold Mexican beer, there is nothing better."
Cook Sister! ~ Baked Salmon Fillets with Smashed Olives, Flat-Leaf Parsley and Garlic
"...smashing the olives imparts a burst of flavour that the same olives whole, or neatly sliced, simply do not possess - just do it. Even [husband] Nick, who usually has to be coaxed like a reluctant witness at a Mafia trial to tell me what he thinks of a dish, was effusive and lavish with his praise."
Not Eating Out in New York ~ Steamed Turbot Fillets with Potatoes and Turnips
"All too often, I hear the same question from home cooks: what do I do with fish? Not terribly much, is usually my answer. And as soon as you bring your catch home. ... So I’m going to share my latest favorite preparation, an unlikely hybrid of hearty winter vegetables and summery lightness."
The Way the Cookie Crumbles ~ Jalapeno Baked Fish with Roasted Tomatoes & Potatoes
"My favorite meals have all the ingredients jumbled together like this, protein and starch and vegetables. It’s especially nice on a weeknight so I don’t have to make side dishes as well. I haven’t found many fish recipes like that, so this is perfect – in every way, really."
The Perfect Pantry ~ Shrimp Lo Mein
"One of my all-time favorite restaurant-style dishes..."
And you, is fish on your menu during Lent? What's your favorite way to cook fish? Leave a recipe or a link to a recipe in the comments!
BlogHer food contributing editor Alanna Kellogg has a year-round favorite fish recipe, well, not fish exactly, but shrimp, it's Shrimp with Tomatoes, Spinach & Feta.
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