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Mariscos Del Dia

 

Mariscos del Dia is Spanish for ‘fresh shellfish’. It is commonly known that seafood occupies a special place in the hearts of Spanish people.  Being surrounded by water on three coasts, seafood has been an integral part of the staple diet since the past so many centuries. A wide variety of fresh shellfish available at any given point of time, makes it possible to indulge in numerous healthy and flavoursome recipes. Some of these include-
 
 
1. Mussels in Paprika Salsa
 
Large fresh mussels that are caught in season are known to be packed with flavours characteristic of the sea.  This is accompanied by a fresh paprika salsa which suitably compliments the mussels.
 
Ingredients and Method
 
After cleaning the mussels well, they are steamed to make the shells open up. Diced Onion and Red bell peppers are sautéed in little heated olive oil. Little flour is added with constant stirring. Water or chicken stock is added while mixing and then allowed to reduce. Paprika powder and salt are added. Seasoning is adjusted and the mussels are served hot with fresh garlic bread. 
 
 
2. Amoroso Clams and Mussels with Almonds
 
Spanish Amoroso sherry used instead of wine adds great depth in terms of flavour to the shellfish. 
 
Ingredients and Method
 
Butter is melted in a large deep Spanish ‘olla’, garlic is fried before introducing the clams and mussels into the pan. Sherry is then added along with toasted and crushed almonds. All ingredients are mixed well and steamed together until the shellfish open up. Then they are served with the liquor poured on top and a garnish of fresh chopped parsley and almond slivers.   
 
3. Steamed Clams
 
The fresh, soft and meaty flesh of clams is perfect in a variety of salads or as an appetizer. The flavours are best emanated when they are simply steamed using a bare minimum of other ingredients.
 
Ingredients and Method
 
Cleaned clams are placed in a large pan along with chopped parsley and little water or stock, seasoned with little salt and pepper and a splash of fresh lemon juice.
 
After steaming for little while with the lid on, the shells open up. The dish is then ready to be served.
The above recipes are a perfect accompaniment to toasted garlic bread or herbed brown rice. 
 
 
Nutrition Information
 
Shellfish typically possess low levels of unhealthy fats (saturated type) and high levels of beneficial nutrients such as omega-3 fats, iron, calcium, and iodine. Shrimps tend to have higher cholesterol levels than mussels and clams.
 
 
Shellfish can be a good source of lean protein. Being low in fat and cholesterol, this is a heart-healthy food option. The moderate amounts of omega 3 fats help lower triglyceride levels, improve blood circulation and thus reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.  By boosting cognitive health, omega-3 fats also play a valuable role in preventing depression and Alzheimer’s.
 
 
Mussels and clams are rich in iron, calcium and magnesium. Among other nutrients, zinc is another important mineral that promotes healthy immune system function and facilitates wound healing.