You don’t need to be Catholic/Christian to enjoy a tasty meal of fish on Friday! Think of Fish Friday as an alternative or partner to Meatless Monday. Fish offers numerous nutritional benefits and many nutritionists recommend eating fish at least once a week. So why not on Friday, when you have the time to cook fish and want to enjoy a delicious meal after a long work week?
What exactly about fish makes it so nutritious? Fish is one of the best sources of omega 3 fatty acids, which reduce inflammation, improve recovery, and boost athletic performance. Fish provides a high source of protein, which additionally assists in the recovery process.
While you could receive the benefits of omega 3 fatty acids from fish oil pills, as with many nutrients the actual source is preferable to the supplement. No supplement can provide the rich yet light taste of a bright pink salmon filet or the mouth-watering flavor of a fresh piece of blackened cod on a fish taco.
Many people avoid cooking fish based on the misconception that fish is messy and difficult to prepare. In my experience, quite the opposite is true. Fish requires a short cooking time and can be poached, baked, pan fried, or seared, meaning that there’s a method for preparing fish that will fit your culinary style.
Fish Fridays can pose a challenge in terms of meal planning, finding recipes, and knowing which type of fish to select from the market. So, as Lent begins next week, this week I’m sharing a round up of Lenten fish recipes!
These fish recipes contain no other meats (since bacon-wrapped scallops may be delicious but don’t meet the meat-free requirements of Fish Friday). With this many options, you can eat fish for lunch and dinner each Friday in Lent without ever repeating a recipe. Pair your fish with whole grains or potatoes and some roasted vegetables or a side salad and you have a nutritious and satisfying meal.
- 2 6 oz. cans Alaskan pink salmon
- 3 small eggs (fresh from the farm!)
- 1/4 cup ground chia seeds
- generous 1/4 cup red onions, diced
- generous 1/4 cup mixed bell peppers, diced
- freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- garlic powder, to taste
- cayenne pepper, to taste
- Mix all ingredients together and form into patties.
- Place onto Foreman grill and let cook for ~5-7 minutes.
- Top with guacamole, hummus, cole slaw, spring mix…sky’s the limit!
5-INGREDIENT SALMON MEATBALLS
- 2 6oz cans of wild salmon
- ½ cup of panko bread crumbs
- 3 gloves of garlic minced
- ¼ cup of chopped onion
- 1 egg
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
- Line a cookie tray with parchment paper
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl then form into small balls (about 1 or 2 tablespoons)
- Should make about 10-12 meatballs (about 4 per serving)
- Bake in oven for 15 minutes