Day 4 Recipes: Firm Protein

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Baked Halibut with Herbs - Recipe of the Week
page 98 - Neighborhood Cookbook

2 6-oz halibut steaks or fillets
1/4 cup dry white wine or low sodium chicken stock
1 lemon, zested and juiced
3 medium cloves garlic, pressed
2 tablespoons capers
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon
1 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 450. Place the fish in a baking dish just large enough to hold them, and add remaining ingredients. Cover, and bake until done, about 15 minutes; don't overcook. Serve at once, pouring the pan juices over the fish.

Halibut is 40 calories per ounce and 7 grams of protein per ounce. It is rich in tryptophan, selenium, vitamin B3 (niacin), phosphorus and magnesium.

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Herbed Scallops by Beth Omicioli "BuffyCT"
Page 120 - Neighborhood Cookbook

5 oz. scallops
1/2 clove minced garlic
1/2 tablespoon butter or margarine
2 tablespoons minced onion
1 scallion minced
1 teaspoon minced fresh parsley
1 tablespoon lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
pinch dried tarragon

Saute onion, garlic and scallion in butter. Add scallops, salt and pepper. Add herbs. Cook 5 minutes or until scallops are opaque. Do not over cook. Add lemon juice. Serve warm. Enjoy!

Serves two. Per serving: 88 calories, 12 grams protein, 3 grams fat (2 saturated) and 2 grams carbohydrate.

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Mediterranean Turkey Patties by Lucinda
Page 128 - Neighborhood Cookbook

2 1/4 lbs. ground turkey
1/2 cup finely minced yellow onion
3 tablespoons fresh minced cilantro
1 large clove garlic, minced
4 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Combine all ingredients, except olive oil, in a large bowl until well blended (can be refrigerated in a covered container for several hours or overnight). Form the turkey mixture into 6 patties. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and swirl the pan to coat the bottom evenly. Add the turkey patties and saute for 4-5 minutes on each side. To serve, place a turkey patty on each of six dinner plates and top with a dollop of Greek Yogurt and Cucumber Dip, if desired.

Serves six. Per serving: 298 calories, 30 grams protein, 19 grams fat (4 saturated) and 1 gram carbohydrate.

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Cajun Shrimp
This is an easy recipe. You can substitute a ready-made Cajun spice blend for the custom spice blend here. Use 2-3 tablespoons of a ready-made blend, but be aware of increased sodium content and MSGs.

1 1/2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 teaspoon paprika
3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper (1/4 to 1/2 teaspoons)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Combine first 8 ingredients in a large zip-top plastic bag; seal bag and shake to coat. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add shrimp; sauté 4 minutes or until shrimp are done.

Per 5 ounce serving: 215 calories, 35 grams protein, 6 grams fat and 2 grams carbohydrate. Rich inVitamin B12, zinc and Niacin.

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Salisbury Steak

We provide three ground meat options to suit your personal taste.

1 pound ground meat of your choice
1/3 cup dry breadcrumbs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 egg
1 large onion, sliced
1 can (10 1/2 ounces) condensed beef broth
1 can (4 ounces) mushrooms, drained
2 tablespoons cold water
2 teaspoons cornstarch

Mix ground beef, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper and egg: shape into 4 oval patties, each about 3/4 inch thick. Cook patties in 10-inch skillet over medium heat, turning occasionally until brown, about 10 minutes. Drain excess fat from skillet. Add onion, broth and mushrooms. Heat to boiling: reduce heat. Cover and simmer about 10 minutes.

Remove patties to a plate, tent with foil to keep warm. Heat onion mixture to boiling. In a small bowl whisk together water and cornstarch. Stir into onion mixture whisking to prevent lumps. Bring to a boil and continue whisking for 1 minute as mixture thickens. Serve sauce over meat patties.

Per serving using extra lean ground beef: 321 calories, 27 grams protein, 21 grams fat (8 saturated), 6 grams carbohydrate and 1 gram dietary fiber.

Per serving using lean ground pork: 354 calories, 24 grams protein, 25 grams fat (9 saturated), 6 grams carbohydrate and 1 gram dietary fiber.

Per serving using ground turkey: 225 calories, 25 grams protein, 11 grams fat (3 saturated), 6 grams carbohydrate and 1 gram dietary fiber.

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