Registered dietitian and healthy lifestyle blogger Anne Mauney knows a thing or two about seafood. When she isn’t penning her blog, fANNEtastic Food, she’s helping others lead healthier lives in Washington, D.C., and beyond. Despite her busy schedule – she’s also now a new mom – we were able to sit down with her and chat about what seafood she’s loving postpartum and why preparing fish at home is oh-so-simple.
Tell us about your blog.
I’ve been sharing quick meal ideas, easy recipes, fitness inspiration, and life and travel adventures on fANNEtastic Food since 2009. I’m a firm believer that being healthy does not mean being restrictive. I aim to help readers and the clients who use my various nutrition-related services embrace nutritious eats and actually enjoy fitness, while also encouraging them to ditch the rigid diets, the “all-or-nothing” mentality, and the food rules.
Why do you love seafood?
I love seafood because it’s easy to cook, delicious and, of course, good for you, too!
What is your favorite seafood dish to make at home or order at a restaurant?
I often order salmon when I’m out because I love the crust and sear that restaurants give it. But I have found a few salmon recipes that I really love to make for myself at home, too, like my Sheet-Pan Asian Salmon with Veggies and Salmon with Lemon Mustard Dill Sauce.
What are your tips for people who might be intimidated by preparing seafood at home?
Start simple – and don’t be nervous. It’s easier than it might seem! For those who haven’t cooked seafood before at home, tilapia is a great fish to start with, because it’s so easy to prepare and also very mild! Try my Almond-Crusted Tilapia – it was the recipe that got my husband to enjoy fish! I also have a fun fall-winter variation on it called Sage & Pecan-Crusted Tilapia.
What’s next on your “must make” or “must order” seafood list?
While I was pregnant last year, I sorely missed having raw seafood such as oysters and sushi. But I’ve been enjoying a lot of both lately, after giving birth in November.*
*Editor’s Note: The 2015-2020 U.S. Dietary Guidelines advise women who are pregnant or breastfeeding to consume from 2-3 servings (or 8 to 12 ounces) of cooked seafood each week.
What are your tips for people looking to improve their health by including seafood in their diet?
Make eating seafood convenient! If you’re not up for cooking it at home, then dine out and order it, or use canned variations at home, like tuna or sardines. I’ve got a couple canned fish recipes – Scandinavian Sardine Sandwiches and Healthy Tuna Salad – that are fast and easy and don’t require an oven.
Check out a few of our favorite seafood recipes from fANNEtastic Food: