Just 2 Weeks Away

Good morning to all of our beloved friends and clients who, like me, could not get enough of Playoff football this past Sunday.

Tom Brady and his patriots once again proved to all that the Pats are never out of a game and in championship style, rallied at the end to once again punch their ticket to the Super Bowl. And who doesn't love the underdog story of the Philadelphia Eagles as they cut the horns off of the Vikings with a resounding 38 to 7 win. But let's not forget that the Birds have done this in true team fashion after losing their outstanding quarterback Carson Wentz to a season ending ACL tear.

I know what you are thinking, "Hey Fishman, what the heck does that have to do with me?" Well, full disclosure, this was just a distraction to the real point of this conversation, the fact that my "New Year's Resolutions" have been derailed by this exciting playoff season. I mean come on, who can take only four chips off a platter of Grande Nachos when fully engaged in the game. And as long as we are being honest, I don't even "count" the chips that I get that don't have cheese on them and let's not pretend I'm the only one doing this... seriously I always felt that a tortilla chip without cheese is like a calorie free chip, kind of like a pizza crust which is also cheese deprived or a carrot stick that you didn't dip. That said, with only 37 days till Spring I fear that if I continue this delusionary eating pattern and the only thing that will look flattering on me would be an Easter Bunny costume. You can really hide a lot of sins under one of those not to mention, a lot of Nacho related infractions.

So I for one am once again going to rely heavily on the lean proteins of fresh seafood to pull my wrecked New Year's Resolution wagon out of the dietary trench I've landed in. Now I'm not going to strive for an unsustainable program of steamed fish and ionized water but a journey of responsible choices rather than compiling enough baby back rib bones on my plate to rebuild my own pig. So if you see me in the Gym this week and feel the need to let me know that I look like "I enjoyed the holidays", please know that I will drop an 80 pound dumbbell on your toe. And I say that with warmth and complete insecurity. Well, to help us shove off on our clean eating voyage I have prepared a couple of easy recipes featuring Pan Grilled Arctic Char over a Spinach Salad with a White Balsamic Vinaigrette & Tilefish Pan Roast with Lemon and Olives.

I hope you will join me but please know that there will be no judgement should the "Wheels come off" our journey on Super Bowl Sunday... it's just the right thing to do as an American.

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Today's Featured Recipes Created With Love for You...

Pan Grilled Arctic Char over a Spinach Salad with a White Balsamic Vinaigrette Serves 4 Time for a week of clean eating after... Yes, I did have one of those weekends where my healthiest choice was the club soda in my scotch and soda. Let's not waste time judging each other but start our delectable journey back to healthy. Are you in?

Ingredients For the Arctic Char 4 Fillets of Arctic Char 6 to 8 ounces each with the skin removed Olive oil for brushing grill pan 7 ounces baby spinach ½ of a medium red onion sliced very thin 1 sweet red bell pepper, sliced into strips 1 pint grape tomatoes sliced in half 1 carrot, sliced into ribbons with your vegetable peeler

For the Char Marinade The juice of 1 lemon; about 2 tablespoons 2 tablespoons of olive oil 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 clove of garlic crushed and minced fine Salt and Pepper

For the White Balsamic Vinaigrette ¼ cup basil leaves 3 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar 1 shallot roughly chopped 1 tablespoon of water 3 tablespoons of olive oil Salt and Pepper

How it's done Combine the marinade ingredients in a shallow bowl or pie plate and add the fillet; turn to coat well and let marinate, covered on the counter for 15 to 20 minutes.

Next combine the vinaigrette ingredients in a small food processor or blender and "whizz" until smooth; adjust salt and pepper to taste and set aside.

Next preheat your grill pan or cast iron skillet over medium high heat until it gets hot.

When the pan is ready brush with olive oil; Take the fish out of the marinade and grill, flesh side down for 4 minutes, flip and grill for another 3 to 4 minutes or until the fish is just opaque when fork tested.

To serve, divide the spinach, onions, carrots, tomatoes and peppers on 4 plates.

Top each plate with a Char fillet and drizzle with balsamic dressing over each. Could the road to healthy eating be this easy? Yes, of course but make sure to stay alert in the morning for bagel and cream cheese construction on your morning commute.

Tilefish Pan Roast with Lemon and Olives Serves 4 If you find yourself dressing in more layers then a French pastry to hide your less than stellar eating habits, please know that you are not alone. In fact, there will be a "Puffy Pastries" meeting this week at the Lebanon Fire House to discuss our "peeling" strategies. In the meantime, let's make something deliciously healthy.

Ingredients 4 Tilefish fillets 6 to 8 ounces each with the skin removed: Grouper would also work great 2 tablespoons olive oil Salt and Pepper 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour 2 cloves garlic, crushed ½ cup dry white wine The juice of 2 lemons The finely grated zest of 1 lemon 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme 1 cup olives (your choice, I used a green Sicilian olive) pitted and halved 2 tablespoons of fresh chopped flat leaf parsley

How it's done Preheat your oven to 400° degrees.

Heat the olive oil in a large cast iron or heavy oven proof skillet over medium-high heat.

Season Tilefish fillets on both sides generously with salt and pepper then sprinkle with flour.

When oil is hot (almost smoking), sear the fish fillets flesh side first for about 2 minutes on each side.

Next, add garlic, white wine, lemon zest, lemon juice, thyme and olives and transfer the skillet to the oven and bake about 8 minutes or until the fish is just opaque when fork tested.

To serve, transfer the fillets to four plates and spoon over any pan juices.

Garnish with the chopped parsley and get ready for the pastry shedding to begin. You are not in this alone... see you at the "Puffy Pastries" meeting on Wednesday... I'm bringing hummus with crudité.

EAT FISH LOVE LONGER!

Mark J. Drabich President Metropolitan Seafood & Gourmet P (908) 840-4332 F (908) 506-0293 Email: mark@metroseafood.com 1320 Rt. 22 Lebanon NJ 08833

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