During the Lent season, or the period between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday, many people who observe these holidays abstain from eating meat on Fridays. While this might sound tedious to dedicated carnivores, Friday doesn’t always have to be a pizza night. If you’re already tired of spaghetti and scrambled eggs, think about incorporating seafood into your breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
If you observe Lent, keep your meals interesting on Fridays throughout the season with these spectacular seafood recipes that are filling, healthy – and even family-friendly.
Crab Quiche: Skip your boring morning scramble and instead of eating your eggs plain, opt for a quiche packed with succulent crab that will give your taste buds a preview for spring. This is one recipe you’ll want to save after the Lent season has passed.
Lox-of-Muscle Crisps: If you crave crunch in the morning, top a crispy cracker with fat-free cream cheese and lox to quell potential bagel cravings. The best part? This protein packed snack or breakfast could help you shed pounds and eventually add muscle.
Healthy Tuna Salad: You might already be eating tuna salad for lunch but there’s no reason why you shouldn’t make it even healthier. Swap out higher fat mayonnaise to let this figure-friendly tuna salad pack a nutritional – and tasty – punch.
Salmon Burger: If you’re used to enjoying the occasional burger as your weekly splurge, you still can – just use salmon instead of saturated fat-packed red meat.
Thai Lobster Salad: Use Lent to get a little exotic with your lunches. Whip up an easy lobster salad that pulls influence from Thai cuisine. Not only is it diet-friendly, it is the perfect way to shake up your diet this spring.
Angel Hair with Rockin’ Red Clam Sauce: Pasta can be delicious but it can also get boring – and fast! So instead of sticking with simple spaghetti, try angel hair with a red clam sauce that will taste better than your favorite store-bought version.
Baked Stuffed Shrimp: Shrimp are low in calories and high in protein – the perfect alternative to a cheese laden pizza or pasta gut bomb. After a Friday night dinner like this you’ll feel great to hop out of bed for a Saturday morning workout.
Lemon Butter Baked Halibut: Even if you’re not the world’s best cook, it doesn’t get easier than this lemon butter baked halibut. Lean white fish is a nice contrast to the buttery taste in this dish – but you won’t trade it for red meat even after Lent ends!
March 18th, 2011