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SWAP Meat to Transform Traditional Meals

05/02/2016 01:33 ● Published by Family Features

Now more than ever, food choices matter. People want healthy, environmentally friendly foods without sacrificing flavor. Substituting the traditional protein in your favorite dishes with seafood is one deliciously smart way to satisfy these demands.

Seafood offers numerous health benefits. In fact, because seafood is high in protein, omega-3 fatty acids and essential vitamins and minerals, but low in saturated fat and calories, several health organizations recommend two servings per week.

Changing up traditional meals to incorporate the goodness of seafood is easier than you may think. Just pick a non-seafood protein dish that you regularly enjoy and replace the protein with one of Alaska’s many species of seafood. For example, replace veal in veal parmesan with delicious Alaska cod or the chicken in chicken Marsala with flavorful Alaska salmon.

Find more easy, meatless recipes and inspiration at wildalaskaseafood.com/recipe-listing/swap-meat.

Salmon Marsala

Ingredients

  • 4 Alaska salmon fillets (4-6 ounces each)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup Marsala wine
  • 2 cups mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter
  • 4 fresh thyme sprigs, for garnish

Preparation

  1. Season salmon fillets with salt and pepper, to taste. On plate, season flour with salt and pepper, to taste. Dredge both sides of each salmon fillet in seasoned flour, shaking off excess.
  2. Heat large saute pan and add olive oil then place each piece of salmon in pan. Cook for 2-4 minutes, turn fillets over and cook until almost done. Remove fillets from pan; set aside.
  3. Off heat, add wine to pan, scraping bits off the bottom. Return pan to heat and add mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and cook for 1 minute. Add stock and thyme, and let liquid reduce by half.
  4. Return salmon fillets to pan. Cook, while basting fish, until fillets are heated through. Remove fillets to 4 serving plates.
  5. Return pan to heat, add cold butter and swirl until incorporated and sauce slightly thickens. Remove from heat and divide sauce evenly over salmon fillets. Garnish each plate with 1 thyme sprig, if desired.

Smothered Cod or Pollock

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup red onion
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper, diced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme
  • 4 wild Alaska cod or pollock fillets (4-6 ounces each)
  • 2 cups mashed potatoes, warmed
  • 4 fresh thyme sprigs, for garnish

Preparation

  1. In hot saute pan, cook olive oil, onion and garlic for 1 minute. Add both peppers and salt and pepper, and saute 2 minutes. Add flour and stir until flour turns light brown. Add chicken stock and stir until liquid smooths and starts to thicken. Add tomato and thyme.
  2. Season fish with salt and pepper, to taste, and place into simmering sauce and cover. Cook 3-4 minutes, carefully turn, cover and continue to cook until done, 3-4 minutes.
  3. To serve, place 1/2 cup of mashed potatoes on 4 serving plates. Carefully remove each piece of fish and place on top of mashed potatoes. Evenly divide sauce over each piece of fish. Garnish each plate with 1 sprig of fresh thyme, if desired.

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