On the Search for Pescatarian / Flexitarian Friendly Meals!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Hi All,

A couple of months ago, my husband came home and announced that he wants to become a flexitarian. I was like, "What the heck is that?" Well, a flexitarian is someone who eats a mostly vegetarian diet, but occassionally eats meat. He told me that he could eat as much seafood as he wanted, but was very rarely going to eat beef. I found out that a pescatarian diet actually allows you to eat as much seafood as you want, but excludes all other meat.

I stopped eating beef and a whole lot of other animals when I was 12 years old. My proteins have consisted of chicken, pork and turkey...no other type of animal and have been fine with those options, however was gung-ho to try a new way of eating. We started having salmon, tuna or shrimp every night at home, because these are the most economical options, along with sides of veggies. My husband can cook just about anything on the grill and make it come out tasty.

However, I quickly got tired of the same routine with our meals at home and went on the search for some tasty options. I would like to share them with you including my additions / deletions and thoughts on the recipe...good, bad or ugly! My rating for each recipe will be based on 5 Stars, with a 5 being the best. So, here goes!

Shrimp Gazpacho (5 Stars)

I used a SlimCado instead of an avocado in this and only used one of them as they are so much bigger than a regular avocado, however you can use as many as you want. I de-seeded the cucumbers prior to cubing. I added about 1 Tbsp Low-Sodium Worcestershire Sauce and 1 tsp of celery salt in place of the salt in the recipe. I also replaced the tomato and clam juice cocktail (Clamato) with 64 oz of Campbell’s Low Sodium Tomato Juice and 1 bottle of clam juice (found with the canned tuna). You can leave out the clam juice if you don’t like it. This does make 12 servings so you can always reduce the recipe in half or quarter based on your needs. It is absolutely fantastic and only gets better the longer it sits in the fridge! The avocado adds a smooth creaminess and all the veggies meld nicely for a party in your mouth:-)


I just added this recipe to SparkPeople recipes to get the accurate calorie count with the ingredients I used and it came out to 117 calories instead of the original 322 calories!


Summer Peach and Tomato Salad (5 Stars)

I made this almost exactly to the recipe. My peaches were really ripe so I diced them instead of cutting into wedges. If you want perfect wedges, you can always get the frozen peaches and thaw them or just make sure you don’t get overripe peaches:-) I also couldn’t find sherry vinegar so I used balsamic vinegar instead. In addition, I used reduced-fat feta cheese instead of the full fat. This was incredibly refreshing on a hot summer night and although I was sceptical at first about putting peaches and tomatoes together, they really do go together nicely. I let this marinate in the fridge for about an hour to let the tomatoes/peaches get cold and to let the flavors meld.


Portobello and Black Bean Quesadillas (5 Stars)

I used low-carb whole wheat tortillas, otherwise I made the recipe exactly the same! I served this with the Summer Peach and Tomato Salad and it was incredibly delicious and satisfying! Leftovers for lunch today were even better!


Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps by Giada DeLaurentiis (5 Stars)

I tried this recipe last Friday night and it turned out fantastic! Obviously, it's more in the category of the Flexitarian:-)

I got lemongrass in the tube from the herb section because I couldn’t find fresh and used 3 Tbsp. I also used the Jennie-O White Meat Extra Lean Ground Turkey (which comes in a 1.25 pound package instead of the 1.50 pounds of dark meat ground turkey). Otherwise, I left the remainder of the recipe the same. I was able to get all of the ingredients at my local grocery store.

I served it with Basmati rice. When we were finished eating, I mixed the remainder of the rice with the turkey mixture to refrigerate for leftovers. The next night we had it for dinner and I diced up a ripe mango to put on top. It was even better the second time around!!!


If you try any of these recipes, please comment and let me know what you thought! Until next time!

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    Hi, I did a search for pescatarian here in SparkPeople and your blog was one of the hits. I have done better with flexaterian diets and I love clean fish like salmon, tuna, sardines. I also though the tomato peach salad sounds yummy! I'll have to try that next summer. Thanks, Paula!

    1476 days ago
    Paula, wow, these sound fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing. I've been trying to change up my summer menu and this is going to be a big help! Can't wait to try the tom and peach salad and the potobella-bl bean Quesa! THanks! emoticon
    3070 days ago
    Fish and seafood is actually my favorite protein but I live far from the ocean so fresh fish here is an oxymoron unless it is local. I'm sure you know you have to be careful eating too much fish because of mercury and other contamination. I keep track of it before I buy any.

    I like fruits and veggies but am not sure I would want to be a vegetarian again. I did it it high school and ended up with vitamin deficiencies and had to take vitamin k shots for years. I think being a flexitarian or pescatarian would be a lot better.
    3070 days ago
    Sounds delicious!!! emoticon
    3070 days ago
    emoticon Thanks for sharing!!!! I can't wait to try the lettuce wraps!!!!! Adding something new to my list of "stuff" is emoticon Thanks again sweetie!!! YUMMMY-O!
    3070 days ago
  • LIN1111
    Thanks for sharing these recipes...always looking for something new and something good to eat that is healthy for me too...Be Blessed and have a great day!
    3071 days ago
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    Paula, thank you so much for sharing these recipes -- I look forward to trying them! emoticon
    3071 days ago
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