Fish Makes for Fantastic and Healthy Holiday Feasting

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There’s a reason fitness clubs sign up droves of new members in January. We all tend to overindulge during the holidays. But this year there’s a way to forget about the guilt, and the extra pounds: make fish the focus of family feasts and parties with friends. Daily Fresh Fish has you covered when it comes to quick, light appetizers, and ideas for holiday dinners that won’t leave you wallowing in regret come New Year’s Day.

Let’s start with two healthy, bite-size seafood recipes that are sure to please at any holiday get-together.

Tangy Tuna Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients:


  • 10-12 ounces cooked tuna, cut into thin slices or diced (for extra flavor season the tuna with cayenne pepper or another spice while searing.)
  • ½ cup grated carrots
  • ¼ cup quartered, sliced radishes or water chestnuts
  • ¼ cup sliced green onions
  • ¼ cup sweet and sour sauce
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 8 leaves lettuce

Directions:

Mix the tuna with the vegies and sauces in a bowl. Spoon about ¼ cup mixture onto each lettuce leaf. For some crunch, garnish with chopped peanuts.

Adapted from Ready Set Seat Recipes

Mini Barbequed Shrimp Skewers

Ingredients:


  • 2lb uncooked large shrimp, peeled (with tail shells left on)
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper

Directions:

Place the shrimp in a glass pan. Mix the marinade ingredients in a pour and then pour over the shrimp. Cover in the fridge for 2 to 3 hours, turning the shrimp occasionally. Then fire up the grill and place the shrimp in a grill basket or grill wok. Cook covered over medium heat for 6 to 8 minutes, turning once, until the shrimp are rosy. Use toothpicks or other small wood spears to skewer one or two shrimp per mini serving.

Adapted from Betty Crocker Recipes

Feast of the Seven Fishes

If you’re looking for something more substantial, there’s a lot of fun (and health) in the Italian-American Feast of the Seven Fishes tradition. Usually this is celebrated on Christmas Eve, and serves as a nice counterbalance to a typically rich and heavy meal on Christmas. There’s no need to go as far as preparing seven different fish dishes to join in this custom (although if you do, it’s sure to be a night the family won’t soon forget.) The most famous Feast of the Seven Fishes dish is cod. Other favorites are anchovies, sardines, octopus, shrimp, mussels and clams. Throw in a Bay Area twist by serving fresh crab, tuna, petrale sole, swordfish, trout or salmon, all of which are in season at Daily Fresh Fish for the holidays. And don’t forget that delicious and satisfying Daily Fresh Fish Seafood Party Kits and Seafood Soups and Stews are just a click away if you’d rather leave some of the cooking to someone else.