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Sunday Meals Husband Cooks: Mussels, Salad, Gourmet Potatoes

26 Nov
Mussels and salad

Mussels and salad

This is Sunday night dinner, courtesy my husband. Lately he’s been steaming mussels on weekends and we eat them with large servings of salad.

These mussels were steamed on the stove and were served with lemon juice and garlic. My husband loves garlic on mussels, but I personally prefer lemon juice and pepper. He experimented by using both lemon juice and garlic on this meal. Our salad was simple, with cut tomatoes and apples over mixed lettuce greens. We also had gourmet potatoes with cracked sea salt and a little bit of butter. It was delicious and so healthy. Mussels are a great source of iron and protein and are low in fat. They’re also very very very cheap, and it cost less than $4 for all of us.

When purchasing mussels, be sure to look at the shell and go for mussels that are closed and unbroken. They should also be kept in sea water at the store, and eaten soon after they’ve been bought. We tend to eat ours the same day, which is why mussels are a weekend thing for our family.


Kumara, garlic mussels, broccoli, leafy greens

2 Jul

An easy lunch of kumara, mussels, and broccoli

This simple lunch consists of baked kumara, steamed broccoli, and some marinated garlic mussels straight out of a vacuum packed bag.

The mussels were high in sodium because of the marinate (this is not clean eating, this is convenience), but they did taste nice. Mussels are an excellent source of protein, vitamin B12 (good for the brain), vitamin C (good for the immune system), iron (keeps you from wanting to fall over), and omega-3 (amazing for everything). Garlic also boosts the immune system. Broccoli is a superfood, it’s basically a vegetable we try and eat when we can. Kumara is a good alternative to potato because it has a lower GI.

It’s funny because Koha has been talking about peeling, cooking, and eating kumara to her creche teachers and when they chatted to me about it they assumed we ate a lot of kumara because Koha and her dad are Maori. It’s funny because the real reason we eat a lot of kumara is because it’s low GI.