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?”

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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.”

Low-sodium Thanskgiving hacks from across the Web

So don’t despair about enjoying your Thanksgiving meal, you can get the salt out.

Finding low-sodium options for Thanksgiving has been a passion of mine since my angioplasty in 2012. I’ve written about being sure to buy a low-sodium turkey, making low-sodium stuffing and low-sodium sides.

Time to eat all those turkeys! Happy Thanksgiving!
Time to eat all those turkeys! Buy a fresh one to cut salt that comes in self-basting, frozen ones. Happy Thanksgiving!

But the online world is amazing for the amount of information out there. I did a search for low-sodium thanksgiving turkey, for example, and found some other greats sites worth checking out as you plan your Thanksgiving.

Hackingsalt.com has what it terms a complete guide to a low-sodium Thanksgiving that includes a low-sodium apricot mustard glazed turkey and many sides.

Sodiumgirl.com, a site I love, has a guide to low-sodium turkey that includes the tip I’ve used of injecting salt-free broth into a turkey to juice it up.

And the dailydishus.com has 50 low-sodium Thanksgiving dishes to pick from.

So don’t despair about enjoying your Thanksgiving meal, you can get the salt out.

No salt, no sugar Memorial Day recipes — bring out the shrimp

This shrimp salad is worth a revisit this Memorial Day weekend, something lighter to balance out your larger meals.

Memorial Day is almost upon us and if you’re like me, you’ve probably been cooking outside already this weekend. This is my third no salt, no sugar Memorial Day recipe this year after writing one about chicken and then grilled strawberries.

A wonderfully simple shrimp, fennel and cucumber salad
A wonderfully simple shrimp, fennel and cucumber salad

Bon Appetit recently sent me a roundup of 39 shrimp recipes, some for grilling. Looking through them, I found a lot I wouldn’t try because of salt or heavy spices. But I came across one that sounded good. Continue reading “No salt, no sugar Memorial Day recipes — bring out the shrimp”

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”

A new take on a favorite, Greek roasted tilapia

The recipe calls for reduced fat feta, I substituted fat-free feta which I find is relatively easy to find in my area. I also leave out the salt suggested.

Tilapia is a favorite of mine, especially when I want to make a relatively quick, healthy meal. So I’m always looking for new ways to prepare it. I have several you can check out on my recipe page.

My Greek roasted tilapia ready to go in the oven.
My Greek roasted tilapia ready to go in the oven.

Recently, I came across this recipe for Greek Roasted Tilapia in People magazine. Here’s a version that looks very close on Food.com (I can;t find People recipes online, they must be behind a pay wall).

The recipe calls for reduced fat feta, I substituted fat-free feta which I find is relatively easy to find in my area. I also leave out the salt suggested. The recipe is for half a pound of tilapia. Other ingredients are parsley, garlic, tomatoes and black pepper along with olive oil, so it’s pretty basic. Continue reading “A new take on a favorite, Greek roasted tilapia”

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”