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!