Food Topic: Fish
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Fish: A fish is a cold-blooded water-dwelling vertebrate with gills.

 

Seafood is any sea animal that is served as food or is suitable for eating. This usually includes sea water animals, such as fish and shellfish (including mollusks, and crustaceans).

 

Shellfish: Aquatic animals with shells, e.g. crustaceans (prawns, lobsters) and mollusks (e.g. oysters, scallops, clams)

 

Crustacean: An invertebrate animal with a hard shell and many jointed legs such as prawns, crabs, lobsters, shrimp and crayfish.

 

Mollusks: creatures well-known for their decorative shells or as seafood. These range from tiny snails, clams, and abalone to the octopus, cuttlefish and squid (which are considered the most intelligent invertebrates)

 

Fish is lower in saturated fat, total fat and calories than comparable portions of meat or poultry.

The leading reason for fish being so healthy is that fish and seafood is practically the only natural source of Omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids are an essential nutrient that we all need in lowering cholesterol levels and in controlling blood pressure. Fish are full of vitamins and other nutrients, as well as the essential fatty acids. The key is to be cautious about the source, quality and quantity of fish eaten.

 

How much Fish to Buy?

Whole round fish: 3/4 - 1 lb per person

Dressed - Cleaned: 1/2 - 3/4 lb per person

Fillets or Steaks: 1/3 - 1/2 lb per person

 

Best Baked Fish

Yield: 6 servings

1 c  Parmesan cheese, grated
½ c unbleached all-purpose flour
¼ tsp salt
½ tsp black pepper
1 tsp paprika

½ c  skim milk

 6 fish fillets of choice

 ¼ c olive oil
1 clove garlic crushed

 paprika and black pepper

 

Mix together the first 5 ingredients. Dip fish in milk, dredge in flour mixture. Put fish in greased 9x13-inch baking dish. Sauté garlic in olive oil for 2-3 minutes; drizzle over fish; sprinkle with paprika and pepper; bake at 350 degrees.  The cooking time will vary depending on the type of fish you choose and the thickness of the meat. Thinner fish such as tilapia will take no more than 15-20 minutes, salmon and catfish can take up to 40 minutes.

Serve with rice pilaf and a fresh salad.

 

 

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