Whether you like fish or not, one thing is for sure – it is one of the healthiest ingredients in the world, with hundreds of benefits for your skin, body, and mind. Fish meat is not only light and easy to digest but also packed with nutrients that can help improve your health and strength.
Unfortunately, fish continues to be underestimated in many countries. But if you want to watch your weight, improve your lifestyle and even lose a few pounds, you’ll have to integrate fish dishes in your diet as often as possible. Here are some delicious and easy-to-make foods that are under 300 calories and perfect for a light lunch or dinner.
For this delicious yet simple recipe, you won’t even need your sharp fishing knife. All you have to do is pick the freshest sardines on the market and put them to marinate for half an hour with freshly grounded pepper, sea salt, lemon juice, and herbs. We suggest using oregano, fresh rosemary, and thyme, as well as mosaic pepper instead of regular black pepper.
Put the fish and the sauce in a sealable plastic bag and mix thoroughly for a minute. Allow the ingredients to sit for half an hour before putting them on the grill. Grill the fish on each side for a few minutes and serve it with more lemon juice, crunchy bread slices, and a light salad made of arugula, lettuce, and cherry tomatoes.
Hot and sour fish soup
Although many people ditch fish soup, it can be a delicious meal if you prepare it right. The fish soup or broth is part of all cultures one way or another, but the cooking methods and the ingredients used differ from one region to another.
The Asian version implies a sour and slightly spicy taste while Mediterranean soups are lighter and mainly salty.
In this version of the Asian hot and sour fish soup you’ll require the following ingredients: skinless white fish cut into chunks (preferably two or three types of different fish), soy sauce, lemongrass, spring onions, chilli, ginger, rice vinegar, fish sauce, light chicken stock, and rice noodles.
The cooking process is quite easy, but we guarantee you the result is going to be delicious. Put the spring onions, lemongrass, the ginger, the chili, and the stock in one pan and cook for about five minutes. After that, you can add the fish, vinegar, and soy sauce and simmer for two more minutes. Put in the spinach as well and the fish sauce, then spice to your taste by adding more soy sauce or vinegar if you like. You can serve the soup with noodles or just with bread, depending on your preferences.
What we like about the dish is that it’s very light and easy to cook. The high intake of fish provides a substantial source of proteins, while the ginger and spring onions will boost your immune system.
Smoked salmon salad
Prepare your most reliable fish skinner to make delicious salmon fillets. You can prepare your own smoked salmon if you have a dry smoker or simply purchase this ingredient from local supermarkets, fish market or organic food stores.
There aren’t too many cooking skills involved in pulling off this salad, and the best part is that you get to create your own, depending on your favorite ingredients. To keep it light and under 300 calories, make sure to use high-quality fish and not too many sauces.
Chop around a ⅓ cup of smoked salmon in a bowl and add fresh lettuce, spring onions, cherry tomatoes, one large avocado, corn, feta cheese or any other veggie that you might be fond of.
If you don’t like avocados, you can add your favorite mix of seeds, including chia seeds, sesame, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds. Season it with freshly grounded pepper, sea salt, oregano, lemon juice or balsamic vinegar, and a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. If you opt for seeds or avocado, we suggest you lower the amount of olive oil as these ingredients are already rich in fats and are high-calorie.