12 days of no-salt, no-sugar Christmas recipes — try a simple scallop dish

We started our 12 days of no-salt, no-fat, no-sugar Christmas meals with a great new chicken recipe I tried recently that includes a strawberry/pineapple salsa. So let’s follow that tonight with a simple but delicious scallop dish.

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My finished scallops, seared brown and delicious.

Scallops can be made simply on the stove-top in hot oil. Add flavorings that you enjoy to spice them up, or have them plain as I do and enjoy the natural flavor.

I’d pair the scallop with a fun side-dish like the roasted carrots with red onions, fennel and mint that I wrote about as a possible thanksgiving side-dish option. It’s a bit more complex and so would be a nice accompaniment to the simple scallops. One simple, one complex makes a nice combination for your taste buds.

 

 

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Salmon so simple anyone can make it

Some people shy away from cooking fish at home because they think it too complicated. But eating fish at restaurants often means getting more salt and fat added than you want or need. So check my recipe page for a variety of fish recipes I think you can handle. Or start with this simple yet tasty way to make salmon at home.

My lemon salmon. I used leek instead of scallions and it came great. I loved the garlic flavor.
My lemon salmon..

Salmon is a great fatty fish, with what’s being called good fat these days, so enjoy it in place of steak or other meats you once ate but are giving up now because of “bad” fat concerns. Continue reading “Salmon so simple anyone can make it”

New guidelines for safer fish consumption, will these be the last?

The Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency recently put out new guidelines regarding fish consumption that includes this handy infographic showing which fish have less mercury (that’s the interpretation of healthy, or best choices, here).

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The chart is aimed especially at pregnant women and parents but we all should be aware of mercury content in the fish we eat. The FDA and others position fish as a healthier alternative to fatty meats, but mercury content is the wild card here that throws a wrench into all of that. Continue reading “New guidelines for safer fish consumption, will these be the last?”

Garlic-herbed scallops — hold the butter, still delicious

The end product was a very tasty dinner that was simple to make, enjoy.

Recipes cards at supermarket fish and beef counters seem a bit old-school, bu I still like to pick them up when looking for new ideas to meet my low-salt, low-fat, low-sugar diet requirements. I recently grabbed one for garlic-herbed scallops because I knew I had a package of scallops in my freezer and hadn’t been sure how to cook them.

My dinner of garlic-herbed scallops, zucchini slices and whole-wheat spaghetti.
My dinner of garlic-herbed scallops, zucchini slices and whole-wheat spaghetti.

I love garlic, herbs are fine, so I thought this would be worth a try. When I looked at the recipe, I saw it included butter and salt. I decided to leave those out. The result was a still very tasty olive-oil-based basting sauce that conveyed a wonderful taste to the scallops. Continue reading “Garlic-herbed scallops — hold the butter, still delicious”

A fun seafood restaurant in food-heavy Highwood, Il.

The atmosphere is very casual and the staff was very helpful and friendly. And the menu had several other offerings I hope to try on future visits.

Highwood, a far northern Chicago suburb, has been known traditionally for its Italian restaurants but the foodscape there is becoming much more diverse these days. Lucky Fish Deli is just one example, a fun seafood shack that can make you feel like you’re in some sleepy East coast fishing town. Indeed, the decor was inspired by a trip the owner took to Maine, according to one story I’ve read.

Grilled octopus and asparagus at Lucky Fish, loved it.
Grilled octopus and asparagus at Lucky Fish, loved it.

The seafood was excellent. I went with a half-dozen oysters, which came out clean, fresh and cold as they should be served. I think the waiter said they were bluepoints. I was a little surprised there weren’t several varieties to choose from, but was very happy with what was available. Continue reading “A fun seafood restaurant in food-heavy Highwood, Il.”

Some simple, yet tasty, salmon recipes from Costco Connection

The second requires a bit more prep because it involves putting salmon pieces and veggies on skewers with onions and mushrooms.

Low salt, low fat and low sugar recipes are the main reason readers come to this site, so I’m always on the look-out for more great, and easy to make recipes. I found these two salmon recipes in the May issue of The Costco Connection, Costco’s magazine.

In another sheet of aluminum foil, place your four pieces of salmon and separate with aluminum foil. Then rub in marinades for each.
Grilling salmon is a luscious experience. Click the links here to see two grilled salmon recipes form Costco.

One is for grilled salmon with grilled vegetables. I’ve done variations of this many times, either grilling veggies on skewers or in big pans. This calls for putting zucchini, pepper and onions in foil, seasoning with basil, garlic and olive oil and then just grilling the packet for five minutes. What could be easier? The salmon itself int his recipe is simply brushed with olive oil and grilled. Continue reading “Some simple, yet tasty, salmon recipes from Costco Connection”

Try scallops for a taste of seafood that doesn’t overwhlem

Scallops are great for when I want just a taste of the sea without drowning in it.

Seafood of all kinds has become a larger part of my diet since my 2012 angioplasty, but sometimes I get tired of making fish like salmon, tuna, swordfish, trout, walleye and others I’ve written about here.

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Scallops browning in olive oil

Scallops are great for when I want just a taste of the sea without drowning in it. True, they are very expensive, at least in my Midwest world. So they’re definitely not something to pig out on. But they are nice add-on to a pasta dish, which is how my wife and I had them recently. Continue reading “Try scallops for a taste of seafood that doesn’t overwhlem”