Good morning to all of our beloved friends and clients and if you are anything like me, you might be feeling guilty about eating your own leg weight in Chocolate this weekend.

For the record, I believe my calf alone weighs close to 30 pounds, yeah, I've got some hoofs. Now what about this uncomfortably tight feeling around my waist. Well, of course I thought about purchasing new pants with that stretchy denim fabric, I hear it's quite forgiving and even pliable enough to do yoga in...but let's not get ahead of ourselves. And yes, I already weighed in on wearing "sweat" pants to work but I thought of that lackluster support in a fishmongers line of work and quickly nixed that idea. Luckily the information super highway is a froth with after holiday weight loss strategies. One article in particular listed five easy steps to get one back on track to a more healthy lifestyle and I would like to share them with you.

Drop the heavy meals- When you are loading up on calorie and sugar heavy chocolate, you are literally consuming thousands of calories. So I guess, pizza, pasta and rice are verboten for a couple of days and besides do I really need a ham sandwich as big as my head? I think not.

Consider a fast- Now although this article gave good reasons for this, I firmly believe that fasting this Half-Lebanese machine is dangerous and might lead to violent hangry in essence, that's a hard hell no. That said, I have wondered what it might be like to feel real hunger again...but still no.

Focus on low calorie foods- Broth and vegetable based soups, salads along with fish, shrimp, crab, vegetables and berries are all nutrient rich foods that contain very few calories. Well, now this is a plan that I can fully endorse and besides fresh seafood is so damn delish, I believe I do not see new pants in my future.

Move, move, move- Extra calories do not present an issue as long as you burn them off. This means that you need to take advantage of the Easter holiday days and move, a lot. This does not mean a stroll around the park with the dog, rather it means clocking up a serious number of steps as well as exercising while you have the extra time. Oh my, that one sounds strenuous, maybe I will fast.

Get rid of the treats- Once Easter has come and gone it is time to get the chocolate, Jelly Beans and Walnut Roll out of the house, as if they are there, you will eat them.What!? I don't think I read this article that closely maybe we could just finish the treats and start next week but my pants are about to cut me in half, so farewell Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs...sob...sniff...sob...we had a good time while it lasted.

Make heart healthy dishes from Metro's weekly recipes- Okay, I admit I added this one but today's super healthy dishes are just what the flavor doctor ordered. Today's recipes feature,A Salmon Pan Sear with Spring Vegetables and a Minted Dijon Sauce & Pan Seared Harissa Lemon Swordfish. As always, thank you for your Love, Patronage and Support.

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A Salmon Pan Sear with Spring Vegetables and a Minted Dijon Sauce Serves 4 This dish may seem a little involved but please keep in mind that with a loaf of crusty bread, this makes a complete dinner. And besides, you are a stone-cold Little Chef so what else are you going to do? Can we all just admit; we love this stuff and start living our truth.

Ingredients 4-Center cut Salmon fillets 6 to 8 ounces each with the Skin on but scaled (ask your fishmonger to do this for's what we live for) 2 tablespoons of olive oil divided 2 cloves of garlic sliced thin 1 bunch asparagus trimmed, cut into 1-inch pieces 1 10-ounce bag frozen peas 4 scallions thinly sliced, separating the white parts from the green ends Salt and Pepper

For the Minted Dijon Sauce ½ cup olive oil 3 cloves garlic crushed 3 Tablespoons Whole Grain Dijon Mustard 2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar 1 Tablespoon honey ⅓ cup mint leaves Salt and Pepper

How it's done First place the Salmon on a large platter and brush with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and season generously on both sides with salt and pepper; cover with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, let's make the Minted Dijon sauce by heating the olive oil over medium heat in a small skillet, add the garlic and slowly cook for about 4 to 5 minutes or until fragrant; take the oil off the heat and set aside.

Next add the mustard, vinegar and honey to a food processor and "Whizz" until smooth. Now with the machine on, stream in the garlic infused oil along with the cooked garlic cloves.

To this mixture, add your mint and process until finely chopped.

Season with salt and pepper, to taste and set aside.

Now time for the Salmon, heat a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat until very hot.

Add the 2 tablespoons of olive oil and when the olive oil is just starting to smoke, sear the Salmon, flesh side down first, for 5 minutes or until nicely browned.

Flip and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes or until just opaque when fork tested; transfer the fish to a warm platter and tent with foil to keep warm.

In the same skillet add the sliced garlic and the white parts of the scallions and cook, until softened, 2-3 minutes.

Add peas with a splash of water and cook until the peas are tender, about 3 minutes.

Add asparagus and season with salt and pepper. Cook until asparagus is tender, about 5 minutes. Remove skillet from heat.

To serve, spoon the vegetables around the salmon and drizzle the fish with a little of the Minted Dijon Sauce. Speaking of our truths, am I the only one who is hungry 23 hours of the day? Remember, we are still in an emotional safe place so let's cool it with the judgmental chuckle.

Pan Seared Harissa Lemon Swordfish Serves 4 Swordfish is truly the Meat Without Feet of the Seven Seas. This glorious steak fish will have you punching a rib eye steak right in the tenderloin. Not to mention this super easy and full-flavored dish will have you slapping a boring chicken dinner right in the tenders. Sorry for the violence but this is just that kind of dish.

Ingredients For the Swordfish 4 Swordfish steaks 6 to 8 ounces each ½ inch thick 3 tablespoons of olive oil divided 3 tablespoons harissa paste (make your own harissa with this recipe) 2 tablespoons honey Zest and juice of 1 lemon ½ teaspoon sweet paprika Salt and Pepper 2 tablespoons of fresh chopped mint for garnish along with lemon wedges

How it's done In a shallow bowl or pie plate, whisk together the 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, harissa, honey, sweet paprika, lemon juice, lemon zest and a good generous amount of salt and pepper.

Place the fish in the marinade and turn to coat, cover with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for 20 minutes (take this time to refill your wine glass or make a salad).

Heat the remaining olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat and when the oil is hot, sear the Swordfish steaks for 4 to 5 minutes per side or until nicely browned and just opaque when fork tested.

To serve, transfer the Swordfish to a platter and sprinkle over the mint leaves.

Garnish with the lemon wedges and should you still feel your violent side has not been sated, feel free to make some bread; the kneading of the dough by hand always cools my jets.


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