Summary: Generations have grown up eating fried fish on Fridays, but now health and weight concerns are re-shaping the ways cooks (and their families) are approaching the bounty of the rivers and oceans.
Busy cooks looking for fresh Lenten seafood ideas will enjoy these healthy and authentic recipes instead of the usual fried fish fare.
“We understand cooks are on the lookout for healthy and different ways to celebrate the season without the usual deep-fried menu of fish and French fries,” says Chef Joe Cottage, Mrs. Wages(TM) Test Kitchens. “We’ll confess: the secret to their great taste is in the Mrs. Wages premixed and premeasured all natural Guacamole, Fruit & Cilantro, Jalapeno and Chipotle & Garlic seasoning mixes.
“Cooks consider these pre-mixed seasonings a blessing because they are not only easy but will spice up Lenten meals.”
- The Scallop & Tomato Stew features a guacamole seasoning that gives the stew a cilantro and jalapeno flavor. “It blends well with the tomatoes and the softer sweetness of scallop,” adds Chef Cottage.
- Swiss Chard Wrapped Salmon with Oranges and Chipotle Salsa features sweet and spicy salsa and complements the salmon perfectly, as well as poultry that can be served as an appetizer with pita chips. The smoky chipotle and heat level of Mrs. Wages Chipotle & Garlic Salsa seasoning is a unique flavor to contrast the oranges.
- Shrimp Ceviché Tacos feature fresh citrus fruits including lime, orange and grapefruit along with Mrs. Wages Fruit and Cilantro salsa mix. Says Chef Cottage, “The acids from the citrus fruit ‘cooks’ the shrimp in a marinade overnight – firming its flesh and turning it opaque. The fruit and cilantro salsa mix complements the citrus flavor and shrimp – a great alternative to traditional shrimp dishes.”
Photography and Images
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Additional Digital Resources/Story Angles
We’ve found a number of additional information and resources to help you with any of a number of angles for your story about these delicious Lenten recipes:
- Various explanations as to why some people don’t eat meat on Fridays during Lent (from answerbag.com)
- Ancient connections to why people ate fish on Friday (from xanga.com)
- Tips from Whole Foods on how to pick a good (and good-tasting) salmon (from whfoods.com)
- Some people debate whether salmon is good for you … the National Institutes of Health provide supporting evidence (from nih.gov)
- Does the citrus in ceviché actually cook the raw fish? Not exactly. But, it isn’t exactly raw any more, either (from chow.com)
- Shrimp come in a variety of sizes (from “small” to “colossal”). Now you can know everything you need to know about shrimp. (from coastalliving.com)
- How to pick out and store scallops (from homecooking.about.com)
- Cooking shellfish tonight? Here are some general tips on how to store, prepare and serve shellfish safely (from mealsforyou.com)