Sunday Dinner: Summer Seafood StewMonday, August 27, 2012
It's been a rainy weekend here in South Florida as we await Tropical Storm Isaac. We definitely had a lazy day in my house which I thoroughly enjoyed after the rush of the first week back to school! I don't know if it's the cool, wet weather or the feeling that fall is at our doorsteps, but comfort food seemed to be in order tonight for Sunday Dinner. I've had a week full of cooking heavier, meaty dishes - rabbit, beef bacon, turkey and lamb - so the only thing I plan to eat for awhile is seafood and vegetarian meals. Ever since talking to a good friend of mind about the fish stew she prepared last week, it's been on my mind. I love a good fish stew and lean towards those prepared Spanish-style with a tomato base, so I took elements from various stews I've had or wanted to try and made my own version. What I liked about it was that even though it filled us up and packed a ton of flavor, it wasn't a heavy dish at all. I rarely eat soups or stews in the summer, so this was a treat. I purchased cod, shrimp and scallops as those were the best deals at the seafood counter today. You can substitute any meaty white fish or even salmon. If fresh seafood isn't an option, thawing a bag of frozen mixed seafood can be economical. Our grocery stores here sell $5 bags of shrimp, mussels, squid and scallops that would work perfect in any fish stew. To finish off this zesty, healthy Sunday Dinner, my son helped me make sweet potato biscuits, coconut brown rice and sauteed zucchini. Dinner came together nicely and definitely brought us some comfort on this rainy summer evening. For all of my readers in Isaac's path, be safe out there tonight and in the coming days!
2 tsp smoked paprika