I am the type of person who hates disliking foods, let alone an entire group of foods. As evidenced by this blog, I love food, trying new things, and sharing my experiences with others. There are few foods I truly hate, but throughout most of my life I’ve despised seafood. 🙁
This distaste for seafood has caused me a great deal of sadness over the years, and a while back I made it my personal mission to trick train myself to tollerate enjoy seafood. Once during my teens, my mom actually bet me $20 I wouldn’t eat a piece of sushi. This bet ended with me in tears and a lonely uneaten piece of sushi on my plate. (BTW – my mom still paid me the $20–think she felt bad for envoking tears 🙂 )
Whelp, I must say I’ve come along way since then! At this point, I thoroughly enjoy shrimp, crab, clams, and most other shell fish. I L-O-V-E sushi and calamari. (Insert golf clap here)
Despite these applaudable advances in my palate, I have not been able to find a fish I thoroughly enjoy eating. Every fish that I have tried comes up subpar (well unless it is fried — but fry pretty much anything and it’s tasty).
All day, I’ve been dreading tonight’s dinner. The plan: to eat and thoroughly enjoy a salmon patty sandwich courtesy of my Sunday Trader Joe’s shopping excursion.
When I got home, I noticed I was subconsciously avoiding dinner. I found plenty of things to clean and straighten up even though my stomach was grumbling. Finally I pulled the salmon out of the fridge and stood there staring at it for a few solid minutes. After much contemplation, I decided I needed a sauce for the salmon patty so I whipped one together:
Fish Sauce Recipe (not really sure what else to call this concotion…)
- 2 tbsp breakstones fat free sour cream
- ½ tsp horseradish
- 1/8 tsp minced garlic
- ¼ tsp lemon juice
- Salt and pepper
- Frank’s red hottttt
Once the sauce was assembled, I started choppin excessive amounts of onion and lettuce to top the salmon patty.
At this point, there was no more delaying the inevitable, so I threw the patty on the george. 😯
When I finally mustered up the courage to try the sandwich, I realized it wasn’t horrible — but it’s not exactly something I would look forward to eating either. I just don’t enjoy the flaky texture of fish, and I find it pretty bland. I would rather sink my teeth into a hamburger, turkey burger, piece of chicken, steak, etc.
I guess it’s one small step for woman… one giant leap still to come?
Stats on the sammy with 1 tbsp fish sauce recipe (above): 200 calories, 24g carbs, 3g fat, 23g protein, 4g fiber
Since dinner was mediocre, I figured I’d try something else new and throw together a protein shake using one of the samples the BF got me at the Vitamin Shoppe over the weekend.
Here’s what went into my first ever protein shake:
- 1/2 of a serving IntraPro Double Chocolate Pure Whey Protein
- 1/4 cup sliced frozen banana
- 3 ice cubes
- 8 ounces of water
Topped her off with a dollop of fat free whipped cream! This was actually quite tasty! I could really taste the bananas, but the chocolate was a little too subdued for me. Next time, I may use coffee instead of water (mocha frap baby!) or try adding some different fruits and cocoa powder.
Stats on the protein shake: 130 calories, 13g carbs, 2g fat, 13g protein, 2g fiber