Confession: I often recommend guests to incorporate sardines for a great, inexpensive source for omega – 3 fatty acids. BUT, I have yet to try them myself. I bought a can and each day at lunch when I peek in the cupboard, I see them staring at me. I contemplate using them and then my hand reaches for a can of tuna or beans instead.
But I bought them, and I will use them!
Not only are they a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, they are also loaded with vitamin B12, selenium, vitamin D, protein and calcium. They are CRAZY inexpensive which makes them one of the most cost effective sources of nutrition around. They are also a sustainable fish and very low in contaminants.
So while trying to figure out what to do with them, and especially how to disguise them from my family, I came across this article:
I also found a few other recipes at cooking light and eating well:
Fennel Sardine Spaghetti (use whole wheat pasta!)
I think where I might start is mixing it like I would a tuna or salmon salad. The spaghetti looks amazing though so I might get brave and give that a try. I guess the LOOK of the sardines is what makes me nervous. But I will try ANYTHING once.
So I need your encouragement! Have you tried sardines? How do you eat them? I am looking for inspiration!
Emily Fonnesbeck RD,CD