Whether you like it or not, fish is one of the healthiest foods in the world. It is used in very valued dishes in cultures around the globe but especially in countries near the seas or oceans. Thus, there are thousands of ways to prepare it, from broths to thick soups, baked, grilled or fried. However, not all recipes are good for your health, especially if you’re looking for low-calorie dishes that will help you lose weight or stay in shape.
Here are some dishes that will taste delicious and will help you maintain a healthy lifestyle.
The best way to enjoy a low-calorie meal is to replace any other form of cooking with grill frying. For this simple recipe, all you’ll need are some medium-sized sardines, lemon slices, freshly ground salt and pepper, and rosemary seeds.
Wash the sardines thoroughly and place them on a large plate. Garnish them with salt, pepper, a few drops of extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, and rosemary leaves. Allow the mixture to sit for a couple of minutes before putting the sardines on the grill. Fry the fish on both sides for about two-three minutes and put them on a plate. Garnish with extra freshly squeezed lemon juice or a garlic and tomato paste.
You can serve the dish as an entree or a light dinner if you plan on losing a few pounds.
Another low-calorie salad that doesn’t even require the use of a sharp fish fillet knife is this seafood salad. Make sure to use high-quality seafood from trustworthy sources if you like to keep your meal as healthy as possible. We suggest using a mix of various types of fish (mahi-mahi and zander), jumbo shrimps, and calamari rings to give a unique flavor to the salad.
Cook the seafood in melted butter or extra virgin olive oil for a couple of minutes and pour some lemon juice on the fish before placing it into a bowl with the veggies, seeds or nuts.
The rest of the ingredients are up to you, but we recommend using arugula, spinach leaves, a few slices of mango or orange, cherry tomatoes, and avocado. Additionally, you can sprinkle some grated low-fat feta cheese. You can also use seeds or nuts but not in combination with avocado as all these ingredients are rich in oils and calories.
The most delicious, simple and low-calorie dressing remains the one made with freshly ground sea salt and black pepper, balsamic vinegar, and a few more drops of olive oil.
Fish burger with veggies
If you’re looking for a way to determine your kids to eat more fish, this easy recipe of mini fish burgers is irresistible. You won’t get to use your brand new folding fishing chair for a quick fishing game, but you can still make things fun in the kitchen for your kids by letting them cook on their own.
For this simple recipe, you are going to need fresh ground salt and pepper, homemade fish paste (we suggest making one from halibut, tilapia, and mahi-mahi), lemon juice, eggs, breadcrumbs, some herbs, and just a bit of olive oil.
To make the paste, you need to slightly cook the fish first. Sprinkle it with salt and pepper, then put it into an oven preheated to 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes or so. Next, take out the fish from the oven, let it cool, and then put it into a food processor along with eggs, breadcrumbs, garlic, some herbs such as dill or parsley, and a bit of lemon juice.
Let the resulted paste sit for a few minutes and then ask your kids to create small meatballs. Add some more pepper and rub all burgers with the olive oil before putting them on the grill.
Fry the resulted burgers on both sides for 3-5 minutes until you make sure the meat is tender and juicy. Use small brioche buns, a few thin slices of tomatoes and fresh lettuce to create these delicious and healthy burgers. You can use a dressing made of low-fat Greek yogurt, fennel, and finely chopped pickled cucumbers to make the delicious tzatziki.
You can serve the burgers alone or with homemade potato wedges. This dish is a healthy alternative to the fast food burgers and fries combination which is full of fats and cholesterol. Therefore, these white fish burgers can be served to kids or those who are on a strict low-calorie diet.