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Filling up on seafood without busting your wallet

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Seafood can be some of the most nutrient dense and healthy foods we can eat. But buying quality seafood on a regular basis can be a strain on a tight grocery budget. 

The good news is that adding seafood to your diet doesn’t need to be expensive. With a bit of ingenuity anyone can enjoy the fruits of the sea regularly.

Know how much you need
A healthy diet doesn’t need large amounts of seafood. It’s so nutrient rich that you can get enough of essential healthy fats, vitamins and minerals without large portions. A single serving of fish is only 85 grams, and health experts recommend that we take about three to four servings of fish a week.

Remember that you can add other protein sources to the meal that are cheaper if you’re concerned about not having enough protein in a small portion. It is better to have some seafood in your diet than none at all.

Spread it out

You can still fill up with small servings of seafood. Simply incorporate it into other dishes for a hearty meal, and it can still be as satisfying. 

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Use seafood in pasta for a full, hearty meal.

Making a seafood sauce to go over pasta is an effective way to stretch seafood. Tuna, prawns and shellfish go great with tomato or cream-based sauces. Similarly, soups or broths with seafood are a really easy way to make your seafood go a long way toward filling stomachs at mealtimes. Using an induction hob like the Electrolux EHED63CS with precise digital controls make cooking delicate pasta sauces and simmering broths easy. The consistent heat reduces the risk of burning or scorching, especially with tomato-based sauces.

And it doesn’t have to stop at soups and sauces. Fishcakes and seafood croquettes are a delicious way to use fish. These dishes use breadcrumbs or mashed potatoes, adding texture, fluff and size for a fun and filling meal. Or you can use seafood in a fried rice dish for a quick and simple main dish.

Buy frozen or canned

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Frozen fish can be just as nutritious as their fresh counterparts. 

If adding copious amounts of fresh salmon is going to bust your grocery budget, consider using frozen seafood. As they are flash frozen, these products can actually be of higher quality and contain more nutrients than their “fresh”, imported counterparts. Fresh seafood, could be several days old by the time they reach a store near you. Yet, frozen seafood is usually much more affordable.

Another benefit to buying frozen is convenience, as you can store the seafood instead of needing to cook it right away. Using fridges like the Electrolux ESE5687SB with its Dual Jet Air Curtain and separate freezer compartments help to preserve the quality of frozen foods while preventing smells from mixing with other foods like ice cream.

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