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Fish is not one of my husband’s favorite dishes, but I’ve found a sauce that changes everything. I spoon Trader Joe’s Red Pepper Spread with Eggplant and Garlic on Dover Sole. I add a sprinkle of salt, pepper, and garlic and bake it in the oven at 350 until cooked through. The fish is so delicious we eat every bite.

Avoiding meat a day or more a week is beneficial to all of us, and some of us do this as a sacrifice on Fridays during Lent. If you aren’t a fish-fan, think of ways of hiding and dressing it up with a similar sauce as I used, and remember that there are so many other food alternatives.

Here are a few meatless meal ideas.

  • Any fish—baked, fried, or sautéed—served with a starch and vegetable

  • Casseroles-such as corn casserole; or broccoli, cheese, and pasta

  • Grilled Cheese

  • Macaroni and Cheese

  • Mushroom Burger

  • Omelets

  • Pancakes

  • Pasta and vegetables

  • Pizza

  • Quiche

  • Quinoa

  • Rice and Beans

  • Salads—think beyond the traditional lettuce, tomato, onion such as kale, pistachio, and cranberry

  • Salmon Burger

  • Soups—fish chowder, vegetable, or bean

  • Stews

  • Veggie Burgers

And don’t forget about all the flavorful ethnic dishes such as:

  • Fish tacos

  • Indian vegetables such as chana masala

  • Italian Frittatas

  • Linguine, with string beans, garlic, and oil

  • Pasta fagioli

  • Sushi

  • Vegetable fajita

  • Vegetable fried rice

  • Vegetable stir fry over rice

If you have further suggestions, please chime it. We’d love to hear from you.

(Trader Joe’s Red Pepper Spread with Eggplant and Garlic. Ingredients: Peppers, Eggplant, Sugar, Sunflower Oil, Salt, Acetic Acid, Garlic, Hot Pepper.)

©2014, Mary K. Doyle

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