This round of healthy seafood recipes is the perfect round-up of recipes for lent, meatless Monday, or when you’ve got seafood in the fridge, you aren’t sure what to do with!
For those of you who aren’t familiar with lent and maybe just clicked on this post for some healthy seafood recipes, it’s the time before Easter. For religious reasons, many Catholics chose to obtain from meat on Fridays as we do! I wanted to share a few healthy dinner ideas for lent to help inspire you!
I also have a list of high protein vegetarian breakfast ideas without eggs if you need some help with breakfast because you are eating eggs for lunch on meatless days (that’s what I do.) Smoothies are also a great option, and I have tons of unique high protein smoothie recipes here as well! So check those out if you are a smoothie person! And last but not least, I have a healthy canned tuna recipe round up if you want to keep things simple!
Or, if you want to keep things real simple, like you don’t want to cook at all, here are a couple of other recommendations:
- SmoothieBox – an online organic smoothie kit delivery service (read my full review here.)
- Daily Harvest – an online plant-based meal kit delivery service, they offer smoothies too, but I like the smoothie box ones better, I use them mostly for lunches. (read my full review here)
Where to Buy Seafood For Lent?
This is a great question! There are many excellent seafood delivery options, at the top of the mind are Sitka Salmon Shares, Vital Choice Seafood, and Butcher Box. However, I’m pretty picky about my fish. Wild-caught fish can have a SUPER fishy taste if it’s the wrong type. For instance, most wild-caught salmon available are sockeye, and I don’t like sockeye salmon. I love Atlantic, coho, and other less fishy types of salmon, though.
And I don’t always buy wild-caught. There is such a thing as sustainable, responsible, and healthy farmed fish. You just need to know what logos to look for. Seafood Watch by the Monterey Bay Aquarium is an excellent certification to look for, as is their recognized independent certifications.
I know this can get confusing, and it’s a lot of headaches, so here is what I do. If I’m looking at buying something farmed, I turn over the package and see where it’s produced. If it comes from a third world country or country known for shady farming practices (or just shitty food agriculture in general) – ie, China, India, etc., I skip it.
If it comes from somewhere, I think there is a chance at good farming practices – like Canada, the US, Europe, etc. I keep reading to look for certifications. Sometimes I’ll quickly google a certification to see if it’s legit, but by now, I’ve kind of got some of them memorized. It took a while, though, but now I recognize them more easily.
Costco and Trader Joe’s have some excellent options if you hunt for them that aren’t a million dollars!
What Kind of Tuna Should You Buy?
Speaking of affordable options, canned tuna is at the top of my list for lent. Many people worry about the mercury in canned tuna, but you can safely eat tuna three times a week without raising your mercury levels. Also, there is more than one type of tuna! I know, right? I didn’t realize that either until recently. Two common types you’ll see at the store are albacore and skipjack.
Skipjack is a smaller fish (the smaller the fish, the lower it is on the food chain, the less mercury it has), so it’s a lower mercury option than albacore. Skipjack is also easier to find wild-caught for a better price, so I usually buy that! Also, chunk light vs. solid white is lower in mercury as well.
There is also a premium brand of tuna called wild-planet. Unlike other canned tuna varieties, everything they have is wild-caught, but also, they leave all the fat in the tuna when they can it. This means in your standard can of tuna, you will get very little Omega 3’s, but in Wild Planet tuna, you’ll get a massive dose of Omega 3’s as long as you don’t drain the can. I like to buy their individual tuna packets to take with me on the go to throw on salads or eat with a Daily Harvest meal.
A ton of great lenten friendly meal options for you to enjoy for the next few weeks!
Healthy Seafood Recipes for Lent
Need some ideas on what to cook for lunch or dinner on Fridays during Lent? Or, practicing meatless Mondays? These healthy seafood recipes include enough recipes that there is something for everyone. Keep in mind shrimp, tuna, and salmon are my favorite, so this round-up features those the most!
These healthy tuna melt quesadillas are cheesy, lightly crispy, filling, and a delicious easy meal ready in less than 15 minutes!
Shrimp & Broccoli Omelet is a super easy protein packed healthy one-dish meal perfect for any meal!
Shrimp Enchilada Spaghetti Squash Boats is a fun and extremely flavorful way to eat your veggies! A winning dinner every time!
Cilantro Jalapeno Creamy Shrimp Stir-Fry comes together in under 15 minutes, uses three ingredients & is an incredibly delicious healthy gluten-free meal with less than 300 calories!
These healthy freezer tuna cakes can be made up to 3 months ahead and are the perfect back up protein option to have in your freezer for any meal.
Want tacos fast? Try these super easy salmon tacos that will get tacos on your plate in 20 minutes or less!
Need dinner in less than 15 minutes? This Mu Shu Shrimp dish is ready in less than 15 minutes, is gluten-free, healthy and low carb!
Salmon is loaded with omega 3s and is easy to cook, making it the perfect choice for healthy eating and meal prep.
Restaurant quality creamy, slightly crunchy, and spicy shrimp tacos with creamy chipotle sauce in less than 15 minutes. Taco night is every night of the week with this recipe!
These baked coconut shrimp start with juicy shrimp that are coated with flavorful seasonings & coconut flakes, then they are baked to a golden crispy perfection in less than 10 minutes. Serve with an easy spicy mango sauce for the win!
Succulent shrimp, crunchy veggies, doused in a delicious sweet & spicy sauce! This recipe will have dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes!
This barbecue salmon in foil recipe is an all in one dinner with zero clean up that yields tender flaky salmon, juicy corn, and delicious green beans.
Cajun Shrimp Deviled Eggs are a cold and spicy flavorful appetizer everyone will love!
Spiralized zucchini makes a delicious zucchini pasta known as zoodles, a refreshing, healthy way to enjoy creamy lemon shrimp, one pan, and just three ingredients!
Skip frying and try baking instead! These crab cake bites are baked to a golden brown slightly crunchy perfection.
Pan Fried Salmon with Macadamia Arugula Pesto served on top of a bed of pesto carrot noodles is a delicious one pan dinner served in less than 30 minutes!
Get dinner on the table in no time with this great sheet pan recipe!
How to Make Cedar Plank Salmon & Veggies In The Oven – honey dijon salmon and herb roasted vegetables oven roasted on cedar boards for an unbeatable flavor.
The easiest most delicious pasta salad you will ever make! This bruschetta shrimp pasta is a healthy filling dinner that can be enjoyed hot or cold!
These crispy mini shrimp tacos are made from mini corn tortillas are filled with creamy guacamole and juicy shrimp then baked to a golden perfection, served warm with fresh Pico de gallo! A fun appetizer everyone will love!
Sheet Pan Baked Jamaican Jerk Salmon & Zucchini is an easy set it and forget it healthy meal ready in less than 30 minutes!
This paleo sheet pan meal is with simple gluten & dairy free baked cod glazed with a delicious coconut sauce surrounded by lemon garlic roasted asparagus!
Hemp seed crusted cod is the perfect easy dinner featuring a crunchy, slightly spicy crust on top a perfectly cooked flaky fillet of fish.
Baked Garlic Dill Salmon with Lemon Herb Butter pairs classic flavors that enhance the richness of the omega 3 rich salmon. Perfect for a special holiday meal or a quick weeknight dinner!
Almond Meal Crusted Cod & Fish Tacos is an easy, delicious, gluten free meal made in 30 minutes flat! Delicious eaten on its own or featured in fish tacos!
Add this Spicy Tuna Salad to some toast and you have an easy, no fuss lunch!
Lunch is made easy thanks to these Tzatziki Tuna Pitas.
Switch up your dinner routine with this salmon recipe. Topped with a tasty sauce, you certainly can't go wrong with this!
Taco tuna sliders are bursting with flavor and are super easy to make!
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Take your classic tuna salad and turn it up a notch!