A new take on a favorite, Greek roasted tilapia

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”

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

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.

low salt low sugar recipe
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”

A mussel options that keeps the salt relatively low

Mussels were once one of my favorite seafood restaurant choices, but these days I rarely order them because they’re made in sauces that include lots of salt and/or butter. Mussels are naturally salty, so adding salt makes no sense on my low-salt diet.

Trying to buy them prepared in the frozen case of a supermarket presented the same problems, until I found this variety.

My mussel treat.
My mussel treat.

As you can see on the nutritional panel, there’s about 520 mgs of salt in a package of these, which is about a third of my daily requirement. Continue reading “A mussel options that keeps the salt relatively low”

A flavorful take on cod, but is it low-sodium?

Cod is a fairly bland fish, probably most familiar to you as the fish in the typical fish and chips dish in which you taste the breading more than the fish itself. As you can tell, I’m not a big cod fan, but I came cross this recipe recently that gave a nice flavor boost to the white fish.

My panko-crusted cod.
My panko-crusted cod.

The recipe calls for coating the cod with a mixture of panko breadcrumbs, artichoke hearts, Parmesan cheese, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, basil and pepper. It also calls for adding salt but I did not. Fish does not need salt, period, in my opinion.

You mix all those ingredients and coat the cod fillets with it, then bake in a 400-degree oven for about half an hour.

The salt challenge in this is the artichoke hearts. Most canned ones have 4oo or more mgs per serving. with two-three servings in a can. I found one imported brand that had 240 mgs times three servings, or 720 mgs in the can. I used about a third of the can in the recipe, so 240 mgs of sodium spread over the four cod fillets, of which I ate two.  Continue reading “A flavorful take on cod, but is it low-sodium?”

Tilapia — with a little chili kick

Tilapia is one of my go-to fish choices these days because its quick to make. It’s not supposedly as healthy for us as salmon or other good-fat fish, but it can be made in lots of ways, check some of ym past recipes for it on our recipe page.

Tilapia is a fast, easy dish to make at home, or enjoy out as I did with this meal.
Tilapia is a fast, easy dish to make at home, or enjoy out as I did with this meal.

I recently saw this recipe from trainer Jillian Michaels on her site that I thought might interest you, especially if you’re into spicier fare. It includes chili powder and garlic powder. Continue reading “Tilapia — with a little chili kick”

A salmon dish for garlic lovers

Salmon is a fish I love and garlic is another favorite, a is lemon. So I was excited to try a recipe I saw in People magazine for salmon with lemon, garlic and leeks. Oddly enough, I can;t find the recipe online, it may be behind a People pay wall of some kind. So I’ll just detail it for you here.

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

Start with 4 pieces of salmon, about 6-7 ounces each. Cut up two scallions and mince two gloves of garlic.

Whisk together a quarter cup of olive oil, the scallions, a tablespoon of lemon juice, a tablespoon of honey and the garlic. The recipe also calls for tamari, a soy product. I’ve never used that and don’t have it in my house, so I just left it out. The dish tasted great without it.

Put the liquid mixture into a large zip-top bag and add the salmon to marinate it. The recipe calls for marinating 15 to 30 minutes at room temperature. I went with 15 minutes because we were hungry and it worked fine.

Continue reading “A salmon dish for garlic lovers”

An arctic char recipe for Christmas time, or any time

Fish of all types has become a bigger part of my eating routine since my 2012 angioplasty, so I’m always open to new varieties. Arctic char is a fresh water fish that started making its way here in the 1990s from northern climes in Europe and Iceland.

Slow roasted char, as featured ina  Bon Appetit recipe. Click the link to it in my post to get details.
Slow roasted char, as featured ina Bon Appetit recipe. Click the link to it in my post to get details.

It’s a bit of a cross between trout and salmon, with less fat than salmon, although it has a resemblance in terms of its somewhat pink color. It reminds me a bit of the steelhead trout I’ve blogged about here in the past. Continue reading “An arctic char recipe for Christmas time, or any time”

Primo in Gurnee (IL.) — a primo lunch spot

Italian restaurants always worry me these days, not because I don;t love Italian food, but because my post-angioplasty diet means I shouldn’t eat regular pasta, or any sauces that are high in sodium. So when a friend suggested meeting for lunch at Primo in Gurnee, Il., not far from the Great America amusement park, I was apprehensive.

Octopus and potatos at Primo's. Bravo!
Octopus and potatos at Primo’s. Bravo!

My fears were misplaced, however. First we were told the minestrone soup for the day was low-sodium, I cannot remember when I’ve been told that in a restaurant before. I did not try it, but did yet the octopus appetizer, along with a half-dozen oysters, for a seafood lunch. Continue reading “Primo in Gurnee (IL.) — a primo lunch spot”

Shrimp for everyone — if you like spicy, saucy dishes

Shrimp is something I can eat on my post-angioplasty diet, according to the nutritionists I’ve consulted. The days when shrimp were thought to somehow be bad for cholesterol apparently have past.

So I was excited to see this Cooking Light compilation of more than 100 shrimp recipes, until I started scrolling through them.

The first few have either too much spice or too much sauce or other item, like butter on a roll, that I can no longer eat.

The grilled lemon bay shrimp could be one I’d enjoy, minus the salt in the recipe. Here’s the ingredient list:

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil $
1/2 teaspoon salt [omit this see if you notice the difference]
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
32 large shrimp, peeled and deveined (about 1 1/2 pounds) $
32 fresh bay leaves
4 large lemons, each cut into 8 wedges
Cooking spray

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