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