Fish are some of the healthiest foods you can eat. Not only are fish high in protein, they also have other nutrients that aren't easy to come by, like iodine and Vitamin D. Fattier fish, like sardines, mackerel, tuna, and salmon, have higher amounts of these nutrients. They also have more omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for optimal brain function and are believed to help reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.
The American Heart Association recommends eating fish at least once a week, preferably twice, but if you've never been a big fan of fish, you may be struggling with eating fish even once a year! Here are two fish recipes that even the pickiest of eaters can enjoy.
You may not like fish much, but just about everyone loves tacos. Mahi-mahi is a very mild fish. It's also meaty, with almost a chicken-like texture but flakier. It holds up very well to being grilled, and like chicken, it takes on whatever flavors you impart to it. Sprinkle mahi-mahi fillets with blackening seasoning, and grill up some fillets along with a fresh cob of corn. Create a quick and colorful slaw from purple cabbage, green onions, and fresh jalapeno. Dress the slaw simply with a vinaigrette of lime juice, garlic, mayonnaise, and a pinch of salt and sugar. Serve on corn tortillas and top with cotija, a Mexican cheese that is perfect for tacos, and chopped cilantro.
Fish and Chips
A traditional British-style fish-and-chips dinner is another good dish for people who aren't big fish fans. Cod is an excellent choice for fish and chips. Not only is it typically sustainably harvested, it's also mild flavored and flaky. Prepare a simple beer batter consisting of ¾ of a cup of white flour, one cup beer, a teaspoon of baking soda, a tablespoon of lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste. Whisk together well. The batter will be fairly thick. If you don't want to use beer, you can substitute plain soda water. Dredge four cod fillets in flour, and then dip them into the batter and add them to oil that has been preheated to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and cook them. Serve alongside the "chips," or what Americans commonly call French fries. The British sprinkle their fish with malt vinegar and then dip them into a tangy tartar sauce. Even finicky children will like these modified, upscale fish sticks.