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

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

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

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

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

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

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”

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