Weekly Meal Plan #12: Seafood Suppers
With the nations default weeknight protein being chicken, I honestly don’t think any of us are getting enough fish. While fish and seafood may be a little more pricy, it is so delicious, healthy (yes there is the whole omega three thing, but fish and seafood are also naturally much lower in fat than pretty much most of the meat on our tables) and varied, and lots of seafood dishes give you the great opportunity to get to know your fishmonger on the way home from work and shop local. So, for this Weekly Meal Plan we’re focusing on a week of seafood suppers (though, you can find my plan for a week of chicken dinners here, too!)
Especially now we’ve been getting some really warm evenings, my default Deliveroo order if I can’t be bothered to cook/ I’ve just got back from a weekend away and the fridge is empty is a salmon poké bowl. However, it is so much cheaper and tastier if you make your own! My recipe is perfect for a Monday night when you want to feel virtuous after a weekend in the pub, and really packs a punch with peppery radishes, creamy avocado, juicy pineapple and quick, homemade cucumber kimchee.
This is one of my all time favourite healthy dinners, and something my mother and I both love to make ourselves whenever we’re after something light, tasty but very filling. I think she originally adapted the recipe for the fish from a diet book, and the cauliflower rice is from my favourite healthy eating cookbook Chef on a Diet, which is the only cauliflower rice recipe I ever use to make cauliflower rice. It is fantastic!
Wednesday: Korean Prawn Rice Bowl with Sesame Pak Choi
If you open my freezer at any given time you’re pretty much guaranteed to find a bag of raw and a bag of cooked frozen king prawns. I love that they cook so quickly and are so versatile in so many different types of cooking; you can also defrost them in moments safely under the cold tap. Here I use them in the Korean rice bowl I always get people to try as a gateway into Korean food; this also tastes incredible cold, so double up and pack one up for lunch the next day with a little soy sauce (I have these packed lunch bottles) on the side!
Thursday: Sardine and Pea Shoot Bruschetta
As I just mentioned, sometimes when it is warmer you want lighter suppers, and if you have a load of tomatoes going spare (I’ve started buying them in big crates from the market) an easy bruschetta is delicious on an evening with a glass of something cold with a bit of fried fish on top. Simple and full of the good stuff.
As you can probably tell by now, I like to do something a bit more fun and hands on on a Friday night. Usually when I buy a good bag of shell on prawns I make my Dad’s recipe for Hot King Prawns in Garlic Butter, but sometimes I like to go a little fancier with the Prawns in Tomato, Orange and Cardamom from the Honey & Co. Cookbook. The flavour is so fresh, bright and unusual, and obviously you need to serve it with some crusty bread.
Some ideas for the weekend: if you’ve already been out to get the early harvest and made up some cordial, you need to try my Elderflower Mules in the garden, and on the barbecue make my Steak with Pickled Jalapeno Relish with Skinny Buttermilk Ranch & Crispy Bacon Wedge Salads on the side, followed up with my Barbecue Pineapple with Rum, Chilli & Coriander to finish up. The perfect foodie weekend plan!