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Four ways to include seafood in your self-care

 

What is seafood as self care? Good nutrition is incredibly important to feeling your best self, but as we keep reading about the rise in depression and anxiety, we also need to think of living our ideal lifestyle. Think about what puts you at ease. Sitting down and enjoying a good meal? Getting in the kitchen and turning up the tunes? With help from the Seafood Nutrition Partnership, here are four ways delicious and sustainable seafood can be part of being our best selves.

1. Comfort Foods: As you seek comfort  — and comfort foods — while cooped up inside on colder days, it is a perfect opportunity to enjoy delicious, heart-warming flavors. Check out some comfort, sustainable seafood recipes in our seafood toolkit with Seafood Nutrition Partnership.  (and don't forget our own Official Olympic Coast Seafood Chowder) YUM!

2. “Spa” Pairings: We fully support spa days at home, and spa water with slices of citrus, cucumbers or berries is an everyday refreshment that helps make hydrating feel just a bit more special. While cutting those slices, put some to the side for dinner as they pair perfectly with seafood, such as this recipe for Slow Roasted Salmon with Minted Cucumbers by Chef Barton Seaver. And, here are 6 of our favorite seafood and citrus pairings.  

3. Back to Nature: Release stress with a walk, getting both exercise and fresh air. Bring along some salmon, trout, pollock or rockfish jerky.

4. Mindfulness: For us, a large part of mindfulness means living sustainably. Eating seafood and the health of the environment are inextricably linked. If the saying “You are what you eat” is true, then eating sustainable seafood means you care about your health, the health of the planet, and enjoying truly good food.

TIP: Enter "seafood" into the SEARCH THE LOOP! tool and drool your way to the dozens of Eat Local First - Olympic Peninsula fresh offerings found around the LOOP! 

Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival

If it takes more than the festival name to grab you, you're not a true Northwesterner! Who can resist sweet Dungeness crab? Or a 9,000 foot tent called Kitsap Bank Crab Central? Especially when it houses an old-fashioned crab feed with whole crabs, fresh corn and cole slaw. Add 15 local and regional restaurants serving crab cakes to Northwest paella to seafood gumbo, along with vegetarian and non-seafood items for real NW folks who don't like seafood. More? Northwest beer and wine, live music, chef demo stage, chowder cook-off, and family-friendly activities. Did we mention admission is free? Go!

The Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival's 13th annual event takes place over three days-Friday-Sunday October 10-12. Hours are Friday 12:30-10 p.m.Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.,Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. It all takes place at the Port Angeles City Pier right on the downtown waterfront.www.crabfestival.org

 

Dungeness Crab Cakes - Recipe from Westport Winery

Kim Roberts of Westport Winery shares this seasonal recipe from the coast.  Adding this tip:

"Best paired with Willapa WhitePinot Gris -- or Riesling while listening to 'Wanted: Dead or Alive by Bon Jovi' "

 

Crab Cakes

Finely dice:Crab Cake (Westport Winery)

1 c celery

1 c onion

1 c carrot

1⁄2 c garlic

Saute in garlic butter and cool.

In a bowl, mix together:

7 eggs

1 lemon zest and juice

2 T Worcestershire sauce

1-1/2 T parsley, chopped

7 green onion, chopped

2 T salt

2 T Old Bay

Combine with the sautéed ingredients and add:

3 lb fresh Dungeness crabmeat, picked over for shells and cartilage

4 cups Panko

Let sit 1⁄2 hour.