Christmas Eve tradition: Feast of the Seven Fishes
50 grams protein
40 grams carbohydrate
17 grams fat
Ok, so we're not Italian and we only had three "fishes" in our feast. Time was, we would do seven, but there's just two of us in the house now. So our choices were shrimp (about 15 each) with homemade cocktail sauce (heavy on the horseradish), fried calamari (fresh squid from the seafood counter, about a cup of rings), and seared scallops (three jumbo). Lots of protein, not that much fat considering the fried squid.
The origin of the Feast is Italian, and takes into account that the next day is when the real Feast begins. Now, though, was the Vigil before Christmas Mass. Still no meat, but as the holy day approaches, fish can be eaten, and in Italy the salted cod takes center stage. There will be seven courses, some with pasta, some with vegetables, some with seafood alone. We had the Feast once in NYC with all seven courses. I really couldn't walk out under my own power.
Seems better to have it with just the three! Oh, and the picture has octopus, one of our favorites that didn't make it onto this year's platter.