Friday, September 15, 2006

You know what I wish?

I wish that, when they tell you to get more fish into your diet, they'd realize that most of us can't afford 7.99/lb. Which is about what I paid for the swordfish we had tonight. I also paid $12.99/lb for sea scallops as a treat for my husband. Of course, not a whole pound, LOL! But even flounder is pricey. Same with tilapia, which is really, really good. (My most favorite fish is striped bass. I haven't had it since I was a child. They banned it for a while because of mercury. Now it is $17.99 a pound. Alas, I guess I won't be having it any time soon.) This is why we limit ourselves to having a fish dinner maybe once a month. It runs me over $20 to feed us all--but still cheaper than going out, right? And the only reason I can swing it is because I am frugal in other areas. I mean, isn't that what being frugal is all about--saving money on things you need so you can splurge once in a while on things you want? (What I really want is lobster. I'm lucky to get it once a year. $9.99 average per pound, but if you calculate how much of it you throw away (the shell)--I'd venture it's closer to $25/lb. for the actual meat.) I made my swordfish with olive oil, onion powder, dill, seasoned salt and fresh lime juice. Everything for the scallops was the same...except I added a touch of butter. Mike really enjoyed it. A pricey dinner...but ooooohhh sooooo gooooood!


Kathleen Marie said...

I wholeheartedly agree with you. One place I started buying fish was Sam's Club. It is cheaper, you have to buy in larger quantities and freeze some but it is worth it.

I hope this helps.

Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) said...

i KNOW!! thnkfully my hubby fishes and we have a freezer full. my dad fished too so grwoing up a I lived on fish - and totally hated it. when I got married and my hubby didn't fish yet, I missed it so much and everytime we went to a nice restaurant I ordered fish. (we live on the coast - so it is pretty available but still very pricey)

thanks sooooo much for your comments about my son - they were so helpful and encouraging :)

Jenn said...

What about buying canned salmon or using tunafish for the fish benefits? I really like salmon patties, although the only way to really make them taste super yummy is to fry them, which of course really drives up the calories.

Also, that fake crabmeat stuff is made from whitefish-you can use that in casseroles or seafood salad etc to get a bit more fish in.

Not the same, I know, but just some ideas.