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Growing up I hated Lent because it meant that we had to eat fish on Fridays — petrale sole, halibut, cod, calamari steaks, salmon, etc. etc. . I didn’t like many types of fish when I was younger — shellfish was about it. Unless it was crab or shrimp and maybe mussels or clams, I wasn’t a fan.

You see, we didn’t eat grilled cheese sandwiches or mac ‘n’ cheese in my house. That food was too “American” for my Italian family. Plus, my mom is such a great cook that I think she would consider that type of food too boring. I also think my dad would’ve scoffed and said that that type of food was something that poor college kids eat when they have no other choice. As a result, grilled cheese has to be one of my top 10 foods of all time now. I love it! I haven’t made it in a while since beginning SBD, but I know I could if I bought some good whole grain bread and lower fat cheese.

But I digress…

As I’ve gotten older I’ve come to love every type of fish, although I’m not as confident cooking it as I am meat or chicken for some reason. I’m hoping that changes this Lent.

This year I’ve decided to stick to the “no meat on Fridays” rule for the first time in years. I’m not really sure why I decided to to do it this year. It’s not like I’m going to Mass every Sunday or have suddenly become a good Catholic girl again. For some reason I just thought it would be a nice thing to do, and a great way for me to experiment with cooking more fish.

So far so good. If you know of any easy and interesting ways to prepare fish that aren’t high in calories (i.e. no fish ‘n chips), please let me know in the comments.

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