No-salt, no-sugar recipes for Christmas Eve: it time for lots of fish

What are the traditional seven fishes? No one answer exists for that, oddly enough. The answer depended on where people live in Italy as they rely on local fish for their Christmas Eve vigil meals. In that way, they were way ahead of the local food movement only now taking hold in the United States.

Christmas Eve in the Italian-American culture I grew up in was a time for a family feast of seven kinds of fish.

Whether you’re Italian or not, what better thing to make for Christmas Eve if you’re on a no-salt, no-sugar, no-fat, or low of any of those, diet? Fish is low in fat and most are low in salt. If you’ve been reading along, you’ve seen my 12 Days of Christmas recipes lean heavily on fish dishes.

The Crab Pot seafood feast
We had this seafood feast at a restaurant in Seattle, but you can make your own at home for Christmas Eve.

What are the traditional seven fishes? No one answer exists for that, oddly enough. The answer depended on where people live in Italy as they rely on local fish for their Christmas Eve vigil meals. In that way, they were way ahead of the local food movement only now taking hold in the United States.

So see what fish looks good at your supermarket fish counter or local fish store and then use any of the salt-free, low-sugar marinades I’ve written about here.

Enjoy.
John

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