Fish is low in fat and high in Omega-3 fatty acids. It also cooks in less than 20 minutes, making it a great meal for busy weeknights. Buy fresh fish that is firm and has a mild smell, and select thick, fleshy fish, such as salmon, halibut or tuna, that won't fall apart on the grill. Pair grilled fish with a sweet or savory sauce to entice picky eaters.
Grilling adds a pleasant smokiness to fish. Amp up the volume by dusting it with dried seasoning mix and serving it with fresh fruit salsas, a dash of lemon juice or soy sauce and garlic. Spray the grill with a non-stick spray before placing the fish on the grill to avoid sticking. Grilled fish dries out quickly so watch it closely and take it off the grill as soon as it's firm and opaque. Turn the fish once with a heavy spatula.
Pair grilled salmon with a simple rice pilaf, roasted potatoes or green salad. Make an easy pasta salad by mixing pasta with peas, celery, grapes and ranch dressing. Buy Mexican dressing or add chili pepper and lime to ranch dressing for a simple taco salad with fresh vegetables, grated cheese and crumbled tacos.
Fruit sorbet makes a refreshing finale to this light dinner, or serve mini-brownie bites sold at bakeries and warehouse stores. Lemon bundt cake or angel food cake served with fruit make light, attractive desserts, as well.
Grilled fish has a mild, pleasing taste that pairs well with a variety of flavors. Slice it and serve it atop romaine lettuce, edamame, almonds and mandarin oranges for an Asian-inspired salad. Crumble it for fish tacos or mix it with creamy salad dressing and use it as a sandwich filling.
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