A few weeks ago, I shared this recipe for Grouper with Fresh Mint and Red Peppers on the blog In Good Taste, by the talented blogger, Maris Callahan. I wrote a guest post for her with a “Healthy Date Night” menu. I made the recipe the other day, and I wanted to share it with you too. For the fish, I used grouper, but feel free to substitute any of your favorite mild, white fish. This recipe is so easy, flavorful, low-fat and healthy. It can be prepared in under 30 minutes and makes a great date night, sunday night or any weeknight main dish.
Here are a few of my Healthy Date Night Tips:
-Shop the perimeter of the store, which means stay to the outside edges. This is where you will find the freshest, healthiest food items.
-Use fresh herbs and spices. When cooking with herbs and spices, fresh are always best. If you’re using dried seasonings, make sure they are the freshest possible. I only use freshly ground pepper.
-Use the freshest ingredients possible. Avoid canned, processed or preserved ingredients.
-Grill, steam, braise, stir-fry or roast foods instead of frying.
-Add more vegetables and legumes (peas, beans and lentils) to your menu.
-When a recipe calls for cream, substitute with Greek yogurt, low-fat yogurt, skim milk or soy milk.
-Don’t automatically salt your food. Taste it first.
-Select lean cuts of beef and pork. If preparing chicken, select skinless.
-Use reduced-sodium soy sauce and tomatoes.
-Use nonstick spray or olive or canola oil instead of butter or margarine.
-If you’re serving cheese as an appetizer or in recipes, select lower-fat options.
I love making lettuce wraps so I like to be creative with new variations. This is a quick, great, healthy way to change up the way you eat seafood by serving it in a lettuce wrap. Feel free to add any of your favorite toppings or substitute your favorite fish or even use shrimp or scallops. Use a grill pan or skillet if you don’t want, or have time, to fire up the grill. These make great appetizers or a light summer dinner.