Ah, Lent. It's the most sacred time in the Catholic church year, if not for all of Christianity. But for those practicing, returning, or guilty Catholics ::ahem, me:: it means abstaining from meat on Fridays and on Ash Wednesday, which means you spend a lot of time with a McD's Filet o' Fish, the Gortons fisherman, waiting in line at Red Lobster, or going to Olive Garden and asking for their Lenten specials. While each option can be delicious and might even get you a good story, that can get expensive. Do you have gobs of extra money laying around? I don't!
(If you do, can we please be friends?)
Anyway, after a short talk with Kid Sister, I thought it might be worthwhile to post some of my favorite seafood dishes from the last year or so, just to help out anyone who's scrambling to fix something for dinner tonight. Or next week. Or the week after....
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Rice with Mushrooms, Shrimp, and Artichokes: This is all kinds of deliciousness. Pretend you're in Spain and take a stroll afterwards.
Grilled Tilapia with Lemon-Butter Sauce: This is one of my favorite summer dishes, but you can definitely whip it up whenever you want. The butter sauce would work well with any light-flavored fish.
Grilled Salmon with Fruit Salsa: Another summertime favorite. You can easily saute this if you live in a colder climate, or grill it if you live somewhere warmer.
Baked Lemon-Pepper Salmon: This is one of my favorite creations. I really love the combination of flavors, and this is a hearty late winter/early springtime meal. Serve with rice or pasta.
Grilled Herb Shrimp: One of my favorite Ina Garten recipes. This meal cooks up FAST so it's perfect for any weeknight, really.
Tilapia al Ajillo: A great low-calorie meal! This is great with steamed veggies and rice or pasta. Because tilapia filets are so thin, this also cooks up nice and fast.
Spicy Orange & Garlic Shrimp: I'm a shrimp fiend. This is a good one with a quick pan sauce that looks really impressive, but takes about 5 minutes to whip up. As an added bonus, you can control the amount of spice, so if you've got a weak stomach, you can just call this "Orange Shrimp".
Crab Cakes: I loved these. They are NOT figure friendly, but they're delicious. And if you've already given up something for Lent, your figure is probably crying out for something a little more caloric, no?
Shrimp Scampi: My all-time favorite seafood meal. It's quick, easy, and delicious. Perfect for Lent, spring, or summer.
Shrimp & Orzo Skillet: This isn't a personal favorite, but it's one of the meals that gets the most hits on my blog all year long. I've gotten a number of comments on it, and because shrimp and orzo are small and cheap and cook quickly, this is a great meal for any day of the year.