I've gotten frozen tilapia from Walmart that wasn't bad. I know they have frozen mahi mahi as well as other types of fish. Tilapia and mahi mahi are both mild, so I'd suggest starting there. There's also shrimp which I love. I'm also not a fish person, but the tilapia isn't bad. I would thaw it, then sprinkle some seasoning on (Mrs. Dash makes tons of aswesome flavors). use a little oil or some non-stick spray and coat a pan ont he stove on medium heat. Throw the fish one. Let it go for 3-4 minutes, then flip. Once it starts to flake easily, it's done, usually another 3-4 minutes.
Otherwise, you could always substitute in boneless, skinless chicken breast. I also eat a lot of extra lean ground turkey, and the occasional extra lean ground beef.
Saw your update, I'm glad you're figuring it out.
Edited by: JENMC14 at: 1/8/2013 (10:53)
1/8/13 7:19 A
Well, it sounds like you've got a plan going! There are a ton of recipes here on Spark, and I'd also like to suggest allrecipes.com-- bazillions of recipes, and you can do an "advanced search", where you enter in the ingredients you want to use, say tilapia and lemon juice and garlic-- and it will come up with a list of recipes that have those ingredients. You can even list ingredients you DON'T want in the recipe. Although usually I don't bother with that-- I look at the highest-rated recipes that come up, and just leave out or substitute, for the stuff I don't like that's in the recipe. Like mushrooms. I don't like mushrooms but a lot of really good recipes call for mushrooms. I can just leave those out or put it some other low-starch vegetable that I like.
Sometimes it seems like anything that tries to suggest what you should eat, based on your "body type" seems gimmick-y. Like that eat for your blood type diet that came out some years back. But basically if it's recommending a well-balanced diet combined with drinking a lot of water and getting some exercise, I don't reckon there's anything wrong with it. Especially if it gets you fired up so you'll stick with it. I don't see it as much different than using the menu plan in Spark's nutrition tracker.
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39 1/8/13 12:28 A
Im not sure this is just some "gimmick" diet since it does have a lot about health things and it actually does ask you to make sure you eat plenty of nutrients. I actually had to do a quiz of sorts (I call it quiz because Im not sure how else to phrase it lol) to determine my body type to figure out the best way to eat in order to lose weight. Fish just happened to be the main part of my diet for my "body type". So I'm atleast hoping it's not a gimmick. It seems concerend about health from all the different ways it has for different body types. But who knows these days.
I DID find the different frozen fish in the individual packs, THANK YOU MISSRUTH! Will be a huge help since I'll be cooking this just for me.
Today was my first day cooking Tilapia and my lunch was a disaster LOL. It didn't go so well. But I managed to scarf it down and try again for supper. It turned out pretty great. I managed to oven fry fish in a very healthy way and it was actually really good. It didn't have the overwhelming fishy taste to it so I think I could totally do that recipe again and look forward to it.
I am hoping to find more recipes that cut down on that fishy taste and hope it goes well because I bought up quite a bit of frozen fish to cook up.
I think when I do get sick of eating so much fish I will look into seeing how different the nutrients and calories are in chicken rather than fish since I can eat chicken all day long and be happy. And then perhaps alternate the two.
 beware of gimmicky 'diets' and 'programs' and the like ...  if you don't like fish, you don't like fish and you shouldn't force yourself to eat it ...  ... but, I've found myself, over the past few years, reevaluating foods I didn't like and have found that if they're better prepared or if I just gave them another chance, I found them interesting, and some have become staples of my diet (e.g. brussels sprouts). I remind myself that there's nothing 'inherently' 'gross' about these items, and plenty of people like/love them ... so I'm intrigued to try new flavors and textures, as well as identify what in my past experience turned me off to certain flavors, smells, textures and the like.  if you can get past your dislike/disgust ... yeah, fish is great for protein and good fats, especially small oily fish (e.g. sardines). I like them in salads these days.
1/6/13 7:29 A
I can really feel your pain, as I do not like fish either. Well, I'll eat tuna from a can BUT only if it's in tuna salad, and I have to make it; I won't eat anyone else's tuna salad. I know-- fish is "good for you". But if just the thought of putting it in my mouth makes me makes me want to hurl, how "good" can that be?? I suppose I could choke down a fish stick if I had enough catsup... but fish sticks aren't healthy.
sigh. I eat a LOT of boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Used to be, that they were fairly pricey but not any more. I buy them when they're on sale, and really stock up. I don't know anything about the Provida plan but could you substitute chicken for the fish?
If you really want to try to include more fish in your meal plans, you can get frozen fish, even in Walmart-- I live in a small town in the middle of nowhere, and buy frozen fish all the time to cook for my husband. Not just catfish, they have a bunch of kinds. Best of all, you can get the bags of individually wrapped, frozen fillets so you just take out of the freezer whatever you need to cook for that night. It's not with the regular frozen foods, it's in a freezer case over by the fresh meat.
Frozen fish is flash-frozen really soon after it's caught, so it's actually "fresher" than the fresh fish in the seafood case in a store in a landlocked area. Sometimes that "fresh" fish has actually been previously frozen, and then thawed to display as "fresh".
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1/6/13 12:16 A
I don't know much about Provida, but it sounds like just another gimmicky diet. Why would you force yourself to eat something that you hate? How long will you be able to follow this diet if you are gagging down fish as your main protein source? If you don't look forward to your meals, you are not going to be able to stick with it. I eat pretty much the same thing every day for breakfast and lunch, and I always look forward to my meals. If I was dreading my meals, I know I would skip them and probably grab something unhealthy instead.
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865 1/5/13 6:14 A
Please, please try it!
I live in Helsinki. It's a coastal town. Fish is a major staple here. I actually don't eat it more than once or twice a week, because I got fished out when I first moved here, but it's such amazing food and it gives lovely variety to the week's menu.
Why not try this: invite someone over who likes fish, and who can help you prepare a dish. That way you'll feel more encouraged to try it. Frozen fish is really fine - you can get great results if you just use the right kind of seasoning.
Salmon or rainbow trout are great because they're already a bit fatty, so if you throw it in the oven with a pan of vegetables, they'll cook up wonderfully. Most fish loves to be cooked with lemon.
If you get frozen pollack, you can heat it in a saucepan with a bit of water and butter in the bottom. It'll steam through and be very light in about 12-15 minutes. The frozen fillets you can get have pretty much zero fat, so you'll likely want to add some fat in the cooking - also for flavour.
But invite a fish-loving friend over for dinner. Or try fish at a restaurant.
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39 1/4/13 11:49 P
Ok so my mom bought me this Provida pack months ago and I have wanted to try it but the only thing that keeps stopping me is the fact that most of my protein intake will be fish if I go by their "diet". I am not a huge fish eater since years ago when every time I would eat tuna fish from the can I would always find a scale or bone or some other object that I didn't think was supposed to be in there. EW. Now just the thought of UNfried fish just makes my stomach turn. I really want to start eating healthier and I know fish is supposed to be a great source of protein, but the pack says that for my body type I should really try to go with the disgusting fish. We also do not have fresh fish around here. I would have to buy it frozen and I am not sure of the selection of fish we have in our local grocery stores. (The ones within 30 minutes are Walmart or Piggly Wiggly. I live in the boonies haha..) Well.. Other than catfish and I know it's not a very good choice. ): And other than Tuna in a can, fried catfish is the only other fish I have tried. And it's getting to where I don't even like that.
Any tips? Or do you think I should just suck it up and try some fish that doesn't come from a can? LOL.
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