Category Archives: seafood

Tarragon Mustard Cream Fish and Veggie Foil Packets

Tarragon Mustard Cream Fish and Veggie Foil Packets - Just the TipWelcome to my new favorite cooking method.  Foil packets on the grill. Wrap up some veggies and some easy, flavorfully sauced protein in some foil, throw on the grill, and dinner is served within 15 minutes from start to finish. I served it with my favorite frozen bread product, Alexia Garlic Bread, to sop up the sauce. Absolutely perfect for summer. This recipe is from Pam Anderson’s awesome book The Perfect Recipe for Losing Weight and Eating Great. Let me just say that I LOVE this cookbook. She really encourages as much mixing and matching so that there really is no set recipe per se, but plenty of guidance and ideas…not to mention so many fantastic lightened recipes that don’t feel lightened one bit. I have multiple recipes from this book on my menu this week – this was tonight’s!

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Shrimp, Bacon, and Corn Thin-Crust Pizza with Garlic Lemon Cream Sauce

Shrimp, Bacon, and Corn Thin-Crust Pizza - Just the TipThis pizza is so good we made it twice in one week. This was kind of inspired by a pizza I shared with some friends at Posto outside of Davis Sq. in Somerville, MA last week. I mean, I really need no inspiration when it comes to pizza because it’s my favorite food (besides eggs) and I will most likely love anything atop a pizza crust. However, this one is pretty special. I do love shrimp on pizza but the addition of crunchy corn and salty bacon…I mean…

Also, the garlic lemon cream sauce as a base? Awesome.

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Mini Shrimp Calzones

Mini Shrimp Calzones - Just the TipThis is the second time I’ve made this recipe and absolutely love it. We’re trying to behave calorically around here – and theses taste positively decadent but clock in just around 500 calories. Next time, I will make a little more sauce to reserve for dipping because the sauce is amazing. Enjoy!

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Broiled Bluefish with Herbed Lemon Mustard Aioli

Broiled Bluefish with Herbed Lemon Mustard Aioli - Just the TipI found ridiculously fresh bluefish for a ridiculously low price at the store so I decided to pick some up on a whim for lunch. I don’t think I’ve ever cooked bluefish myself before, but I remember eating it with a mayo topping at my family’s house on Cape Cod, so I decided to keep it simple and try my hand at that. I served this with some of the extra lemony aioli topping on the side and it was awesome.

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Parmesan Tilapia with Pesto and Tomato Salad

Easy Parmesan Pesto Tilapia - Just the TipToday marks my 7th consecutive day eating seafood and I LOVE IT. Tonight’s dinner, the end of the seafood streak, was probably my favorite. This will definitely be my a go-to for us – it was delicious! Sprinkle a little parmesan on some tilapia, broil it (my favorite fish cookery method), then top with some store-bought pesto and a little tomato salad dressed with lemon basil vinaigrette. Serve with some crusty bread and you have a simple 15 minute meal. Hallelujah.

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Clam and Bacon Pizza

IMG_4425I’m on a bit of a clam bender. You see, I’ve been at the cape for a few days for our annual 4th of July pilgrimage and my dad is supremely talented at just innocently and ever-so-legally just stumbling upon clams in the bay across from my family’s house. One night we enjoyed the fruits of his labor tossed with linguine in a lemon garlic sauce with garlic bread, another day, we had bacon-laden clams casino. But, I most enjoy them chilled, freshly shucked, on the half shell and squeezed with a little lemon and Tabasco. Life is hard sometimes, I know.

my dad, stumbling upon clams in the bay

my dad, stumbling upon clams in the bay

Enter this pizza. Brian and I had to sadly ditch the cape a day earlier than planned due to terrible, irresponsible sunburns. I came home and was really missing my diet of clams that I had become accustomed to. I had a roll of pillsbury pizza crust in the fridge (whole wheat from either trader joe’s or whole foods would have been my first choice, but you make do), some canned clams in the cupboard (blasphemy!), and a few slices of bacon and dinner was born. Made wholly from pantry staples (except for maybe the alfredo sauce, which can easily be made from scratch if you don’t have any bottled), this pizza was totally awesome.  I was a little sad when i took my last bite, I’m not gonna lie.

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Broiled Salmon with Grapefruit Avocado Salsa

IMG_4332I haven’t been doing a lot of home cooking lately due to weekends away and weeknights traveling for work, so when I had a day off and a chance to feed my body something healthy and fresh, I immediately knew I wanted this for lunch. Simple broiled salmon, whole wheat couscous, and a citrusy salsa with rich avocado and piquant jalapeno.

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Salt and Vinegar Crusted Oven-Fried Fish Sandwiches with Old Bay Mayo

IMG_4331I wish this picture properly portrayed how AWESOME these sandwiches are. I’ve been craving fish and chips lately but wanted it to be slightly healthier if I was going to make it at home. Fresh, thick pieces of cod coated in crushed salt and vinegar chips and baked until crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Slather a roll (whole wheat for health!) with mayo seasoned with old bay and go to town.

And, yes, I realize that instead of frying (to be healthier), I just coated it in already fried things (chips), but it’s the kind of girl math that works for me.

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Escarole-Stuffed Haddock with Sherry Tomato Sauce

IMG_4219 This dish is perfect to start the year off on a flavorful note. Serve with pasta or some crusty bread for mopping up the yummy sauce.

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Cod Cakes

IMG_4253 I made these cod cakes on Christmas Eve and they were a huge hit. In fact, I made them early in the day (and reheated them in the oven when it was time to serve) and people kept popping in the kitchen to steal one. SO delicious and easy.

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Salmon Tacos with Sriracha Ranch

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These tacos are super easy, super light and super flavorful – the perfect break from heavy, complicated holiday-type foods. This was served with a cool, vinegary slaw, but honestly, crunchy shredded lettuce would have worked just as well. Enjoy!

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Pan-Roasted Spiced Salmon

Dare I say this is the best salmon I’ve made? If you’re familiar at all with this blog you know I love salmon and it’s pretty much my ‘go-to fish’, but this was VERY good. Sweet and spicy (not in a heat way) – perfectly cooked (first seared on the stove and then finished gently in the oven) – Delicious flaky deliciousness. What can I say, we just loved it. Hope you do too!

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Ginger and Cilantro Roasted Tilapia

This will surely be a weeknight staple. Extremely quick and easy and equally as tasty. Serve over some fragrant jasmine rice and you’re done. Win! Another for the ‘favorite’ file.

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Corn Chowder with Shrimp and Chorizo

I almost titled this dish “OMG Corn Chowder with Shrimp and Chorizo”, because it’s SO. DAMN. GOOD. I took the leftovers to work today and I was literally splashing it around my desk because I was eating so enthusiastically. That’s normal, right?

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Pomegranate Glazed Salmon

I saw that Costco was carrying wild salmon so I picked up a huge slab of it on Sunday. I find it more and more difficult to find wild fish these days which is SUCH a bummer. The idea of farmed fish is so creepy to me.

This salmon is yummy and SO easy. It is glazed with a zippy pomegranate molasses and spicy mustard mixture and roasted in a very hot oven for about 10 minutes. The end. We served it with sauteed spinach (I seriously could eat a pound of sauteed spinach every day – so good) and my whole wheat couscous with caramelized shallots and walnuts.

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Grilled Rosemary Shrimp over Zucchini Noodles Aglio Olio

So at this point I am feeling a little bad for people who read this blog and don’t care for zucchini. But, given all of the deliciousness over here lately, I”m sorry I’m not sorrier

This dish is julienned zucchini which is cooked in an aglio olio sauce made of garlic, parsley, anchovies, and olive oil. To die. I’m a huge fan of anchovies, but if the furry little fishies bug you, you can leave them out. I guess. Don’t do that though – you’ll regret it!

Anyway, you use a mandoline or a julienne peeler to make the zucchini ‘noodles’, and then briefly saute them in the aglio olio. I found that I really only sliced the 4 sides of the zucchini as it got too seedy in the middle. Smaller zucchini that naturally have fewer seeds is your friend in this recipe. Over top, there are grilled shrimp that were marinated in rosemary and garlic. These are SO GOOD, so good that I may have eaten a leftover shrimp or two before 8 this morning. YUM.
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Shrimp Tacos with Greek Yogurt Sauce

It is expected to be nearly 65 degrees tomorrow in Boston. 65! In March! In honor of this lovely turn of events, I wanted to break out some lighter fare. I’m a little obsessed with tacos in general, and a shrimp taco just seemed like a delicious idea to me.  Lucky for me that I had pinned this recipe a while back after I had fully seduced by Dani’s photography on Clean and Delicious. I opted to add a few different seasonings and chose purple cabbage since I’m in love with its color. Overall, these tacos are simple to prepare and very easy to eat (too many). Yum!

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Herb Breaded Tilapia

Fish tacos were on the docket tonight. You see, I do my menu planning a week in advance and sometimes I’m just not feeling what I originally planned. Tonight was one of those nights, but since I had bought the fish and needed to cook it up while it was fresh, I went with a simple breaded recipe. I had an idea of what I wanted to do, but I did a quick google search for breaded fish to see if anything surprising popped up. The usual suspects came up — baked and breaded, breaded and fried, and the like. I had already decided at the gym that I had earned at least a pan-fry instead of baking, and I stumbled upon a recipe on Ella Says Opa! that incorporated some herbs. Perfect.

I must say, this fish was the bomb. Ready in 10 minutes flat, crispy, flaky, pretty much exactly what I wanted. I served it along with some rice pilaf (total comfort food for me) and an apple-pecan salad with goat cheese. Yum!

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Panko-crusted salmon

This salmon is simple to prepare, flavorful, crunchy, and healthy. Honestly, I can’t ask for much more in a meal. Try it once, and it will be in your repertoire of go-to methods from here on out.

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Tuna and White Bean Salad

I’m always on the look out for healthy lunches that can be made with ingredients I always have. This salad is a perfect example — delicious!

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