The trend in eating these days is healthy. The perception that seafood is healthier than other foods consumed has driven sales of fresh seafood to new highs. During the International Boston Seafood Show, the premier trade show of the seafood industry, the Perishables Group, an independent consulting firm focused on innovation and creating value for clients in the fresh food industry, reported that 82 percent of consumers said they bought more seafood because they are trying to eat healthier.
The Mayo Clinic Women’s Healthsource describe the benefits of eating fish; “Fish is generally a healthy protein choice, lower in saturated fat, total fat and calories than a comparable portion of meat or poultry. Some fish, particularly fatty, cold water fish such as salmon, mackerel and herring are high in omega-3 fatty acids, a type of fat that helps make your blood less likely to form clots that may cause Heart attacks. . Anchovies, sardines and lake trout are other good sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Especially for those at risk of heart disease, the benefit of eating fish that’s rich in omega-3 fatty acids outweighs potential risks.”
During a recession, families eat in restaurants less often. Home cooks look for new, healthy and interesting ways to prepare fresh seafood. There is no doubt that fish is taking the place of other proteins.
Consider the fish taco. Tacos usually come with beef, but now fish tacos are a fixture on many restaurant menus. The slider often referred to as the mini designer hamburger is being replaced on many menus as the fish slider. Mahi -mahi, crab cakes and salmon are replacing the beef in the slider. Fish Tacos are a healthy and delicious choice for your family. These recipes are easy to make, and the price for the ingredients is affordable.
Fish Taco Recipe
Juice of one lime
1 lb. fish your choice-snapper, flounder, tilapia, whatever, Cut into ¾ inch pieces
¼ C flour
2 T yellow cornmeal
1 T chili powder
1 ½ t dried oregano leaves
1 t cumin
½ t salt
Vegetable or canola oil for frying
2 C shredded cabbage
1 lime quartered
1 jar store bought salsa
½ C sour cream
1 jalapeño sliced thin
½ lime juiced
Dash of sugar
Salt to taste
Marinade the fish pieces in lime juice for about an hour. Prepare the green chili cream, shred the cabbage, and dice the avocado and tomato. Combine the flour, cornmeal and the seasonings. Dredge the fish pieces in the flour mixture and cook in skillet. Pieces cook quickly. Wrap the flour tortillas in paper towel and heat in microwave or in a flat skillet. Drain fish on paper towel and spread chili cream over tortilla, place fish and assemble fish taco with all the trimmings. Wrap or roll and enjoy. Bet you will return for seconds!
Fish is an excellent low-fat food, rich in vitamins and can even help reduce a chance for a heart attack. Enjoy this recipe and eat more fish.