I’ve written about this before, but, I think it’s about time I gross you guys out again. I’m just going to say it: I love sardines.
But there’s more to sardines than just grossing out anyone else who is dining with you (though I often eat them for lunch just so I don’t have Matt gagging next to me) – they are also nutritional superstars! Sardines are high in omega-3’s, contain virtually no mercury and are loaded with calcium (because of the tiny edible bones in the fish – another fun fact to gross people out with). They also contain B vitamins, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper and manganese – and they’re super cheap AND shelf stable. Total win, right? What are you waiting for – eat up!
I recommend buying sardines packed in olive or sardine oil. For this lunch, I simply mashed them with a little lemon juice, salt, and pepper, threw the mixture on top of a toasted Ezekiel english muffin – et voila! Lunch is served. Sardines are also great mixed with a little dijon mustard.
On the side, I enjoyed a big beet and goat cheese salad with some chopped green pepper and parsley and a homemade balsamic vinaigrette on top. I never want to deal with the mess that involves roasting beets, but I love them, so I just buy them canned. They taste just as good, actually!
Funny story: when I opened the can of sardines, I felt something behind me, and turned around and saw this:
Zara was like: “Mom, why are you eating my food?!” Lol.
Speaking of little miss Zara, for those who have asked – she’s doing really well! When we got her from the shelter (the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, who I highly recommend) a couple weeks ago she had just gotten spayed the day before so she was pretty tired. Then she got a bad cold which knocked her out for awhile too. I’m happy to report that she’s now all better, though! She’s been a lot more playful and energetic which is fun, but she’s still sweet and likes sitting
with on us on the couch, too, and always sleeps on the floor near me when I’m working. Her favorite game is chasing us around our apartment when we drag her little string toy behind us. She’s FAST – it’s a pretty good workout for all of us! And when she catches it, she puts it in her mouth and “walks” us over to another area of the apartment before dropping it. Too cute! I posted a little video of it over on my Instagram if you want to see.
What a cutie. She’s also very smart – she already figured out how to open the cabinet where we keep her food, just like her cousin Amos! I have a feeling she will be keeping us on our toes… ;)
And now – back to work. I hope you all have a wonderful day!
Are you a sardine fan?