Each Friday during Lent, the dailySpark will feature a different non-meat main dish. You'll find plenty of dishes to swap for your meaty favorites, all with far less fat, fewer calories and more nutrients than a fried fish sandwich, a ubiquitous choice during Lent.
Today marks the first Friday of Lent, meaning many Christians are abstaining from eating meat. Through the years, meat-free Fridays have become associated with fish fries and batter-dipped sandwiches at fast-food restaurants. Often battered, fried, and dunked in mayo-based sauces, fish is a versatile and healthy main dish!
Abstaining from meat for several meals a week, usually for health, environmental or personal reasons, is a growing trend. "Flexitarianism," as it's called, is a healthy way to eat, according to experts.
If you observe meat-free Fridays during Lent, use this as a time to experiment a bit with your menus. Instead of reaching for the same-old fried fish, choose another lean protein from under the sea.
Most fish is naturally quite low in fat, and many varieties (especially those that live in dark, cold waters) are high in Omega-3 fatty acids, a type of fat that can help improve heart health, lower cholesterol, insulate nerve cells in the brain and improve bowel health.
Though deep-fried white-fleshed fish (such as cod, halibut or pollock) is the fish most people order in restaurants, fish is a versatile protein.
Broiling fish is easy, and it doesn't add much fat if any.
Try cooking fish in parchment packets for an easy one-dish meal!
Here are a few "fish in a pouch" recipes to get you started!
Find more fish recipes at SparkRecipes.com!
Three of my favorite special-occasion fish recipes are Maple-Glazed Salmon, Baked Haddock, and Pistachio-Crusted Salmon.
Do you abstain from meat on Fridays during Lent? What do you typically eat on those days? What will you choose to eat now? Do you have a favorite fish recipe?
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