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March Meal Plan: Transition to Spring

Happy March, Seafoodies!

Wasn’t it a bummer when the groundhog saw his shadow this year? We are so ready for spring! Regardless, the days are getting longer and warm weather is around the corner. We’re dreaming of all the scrumptious seafood dishes we can whip up to celebrate the upcoming season. March is a tough time for menu-planning because the weather can be lamb-like one day and lionesque the next. The key is finding a happy medium between comfort food and lighter spring fare—dishes that pass the Goldilocks test. The March Meal Plan includes easy, healthy seafood recipes that aren’t too heavy or too light: They are “just right” for bridging the seasonal gap!

In the Meal Plan, we recommend starting the day with a satisfying, protein-packed seafood meal. Frittatas sound fancy but the oven does all the work. And this dish flawlessly balances luscious smoked salmon and velvety goat cheese with a garden full of green veggies. Yum! Or, spice things up with this reimagined gluten-free shrimp and grits recipe with a surprise ingredient–salmon. It’s a game-changer with garlicky broccoli rabe and a cheddar-Gouda polenta base.

At lunchtime, we crave light and delicious. With so much variety and availability, the seafood options are endless! The March Meal Plan features recipes that sprinkle some spring into the midday meal with fresh ingredients. Case in point: this no-mayo tuna salad. The recipe swaps in avocado for mayo, giving you a lighter yet filling meal that’s rich in omega-3s. And, try these savory swordfish tostaditas. Crisp, smokey and topped with avocado crema, they are heavy on flavor without weighing you down. Need a snack? This smoked oyster pâté is seriously delicious, using staples you probably already have on hand. Just the thing when you need a midday pickup!

Need some dinner ideas? This shrimp scampi flatbread using a store-bought naan as a base. It’s infused with a lemon-butter-garlic sauce and bubbling with cheesy goodness. Round it out with a salad or veggies and… boom! For a lighter meal, try the carribean-inspired sautéed mahi mahi in a brown butter sauce with fresh avocado salsa. Spiked with lime, honey and cilantro, this dish will get you in a springlike frame of mind.

There you have it, Seafoodies. A month of recipe inspiration to make March absolutely springtastic! These dishes come together quickly, and many can be pre-prepped, giving you more time to enjoy the spring air. (It’s coming—we promise!)

Breakfast

Smoked Salmon Frittata with Zucchini, Spinach and Goat Cheese 

Whether for an on-the-go breakfast or a lazy brunch, this rich and soft frittata really satisfies. To up the convenience factor, you can bake it the night before and reheat in the morning.

Fish + Shrimp Cheesy Grits 

This tasty breakfast bowl offers a double dose of protein—shrimp and salmon—along with plenty of green vegetables and lemon-spice kick to keep things interesting, making it the perfect anytime meal. Brinner, anyone?

Crab Quiche

This crab quiche makes a tasty breakfast or brunch dish. Easy to prepare, this quiche is rich in protein and flavor. Serve with a mixed salad or cup of fruit for a delicious and filling meal.

Lunch

Healthy Tuna Salad 

Avocado pairs nicely with just about any seafood. In this recipe, it’s combined with canned tuna and crunchy veggies for a heart-healthy and budget-friendly sandwich filling or salad topper. You’ll never miss the mayonnaise!

Smoked Swordfish Tostaditas 

Add some “Olé!” to your afternoon with these crispy and piquant open tacos. If you can’t find smoked swordfish, substitute baked swordfish steak seasoned with smoked paprika.

Snack

Smoked Oyster Pâté 

Pantry check! If you don’t currently have smoked oysters on hand, stock up. Creamy, five-minute recipes like this one are calling your name.

Cheesy Hot Crab Dip

This Cheesy Hot Crab Dip is the ultimate snack. Taking only 30 minutes to cook, this dish will be a favorite with your family. 

Dinner

Shrimp Scampi Flatbread 

This mouthwatering flatbread just might become your pizza-night favorite, or slice it into smaller squares for an impromptu and mouthwatering appetizer. Either way, consider doubling the recipe because it is sure to be devoured instantly!

Brown Butter Lime Mahi Mahi with Avocado Salsa 

If we’re rushing the season with this decidedly beachy dish, so be it. We just love this Caribbean-inspired take on dolphin fish, and the fresh avocado salsa is to die for!

For more recipe inspiration, download the 2020 Dish on Fish ECookbook today. 

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Candace Duda
    March 2, 2021 at 8:14 pm

    Looking forward to this

    • Reply
      Dish on Fish
      April 1, 2021 at 9:46 am

      Let us know how it turns out!

  • Reply
    Heather
    March 1, 2021 at 11:03 am

    Love this menu! Thanks for sharing my Shrimp Scampi Flatbread!

    • Reply
      Dish on Fish
      April 1, 2021 at 9:46 am

      Of course! So delish.

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