Growing up and residing on Cape Cod, I guess it’s no surprise that I love seafood! Since we don’t eat much red meat in our house, I like to add seafood to our menu. It’s a great source of protein, vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids.
Seafood Is a Great Alternative Protein
Seafood is (for the most part) a low-calorie protein source. It’s also a great source of B-complex vitamins, vitamin D and vitamin A, minerals like selenium, zinc, iodine and iron and omega-3 fatty acids, essential fatty acids that are helpful to the body in many ways including reducing depression and lowering elevated triglyceride levels in the blood (source).
One of the great aspects of seafood as an alternative protein is that there are so many different options. You’re not limited to fish either, you can cook with shellfish like shrimp, scallops and clams (which happen to be a great source of iron!).
Choosing 100% Sustainably and Responsibly Sourced Seafood
One thing I am very passionate about is choosing seafood that is sustainably and responsibly sourced. If you regularly shop at Stop and Shop, you’ll be happy to know that their seafood is 100% sustainably and responsibly sourced. Why is it important to make sure your seafood is sustainable?
Many seafood populations worldwide are at risk from overfishing or fishing practices that are damaging to its population or ocean life in general. For example, fish that is caught hook and line is a much more sustainable option than large fishing nets that are dragged along the seafloor. Hook and line captures only the desired fish (instead of trapping many other unwanted marine species) and does not damage the floor of the seabed.
By making sustainable seafood choices, you can stay healthy AND help protect the ocean and our environment!
Seafood Recipes for Spring
I am always on the hunt for new seafood recipes, and I found some great ones for spring on the Stop and Shop website. Dill is always a fun herb to add to your cooking for spring time, so the Cod with Mustard-Dill sauce is an obvious choice. I also like the Scallop, Arugula and Edamame Salad.
There are a TON of different recipes on the website and even more in the Savory magazine that you can find in-store or on iTunes. I picked up a copy for the first time on a shopping trip last week. I was really impressed with the recipes– they were unique and used seasonal flavors, while at the same time totally manageable to make for a weeknight meal.
Many of the items contain ingredients that you don’t have to make from scratch, saving you time on a busy night. I would definitely recommend picking up a copy on your next visit. It’s free, and it also contains some great coupons you can use for recipe ingredients!
My Favorite Baked Cod Recipe
One of my favorite (and SUPER EASY!) meals to make is baked cod with butter and bread crumbs. I’m lucky that the boys love cod too, so this meal often goes quickly. I HIGHLY suggest getting the Captain’s cut when you are buying cod. It’s usually about a $1 more per pound, but it’s totally worth it (it’s a thicker cut). Here’s how to make it:
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