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Fish as a major source of protein, also quinoa
ceresnot beautiful like youPennsylvania, USASuper Moderator, Moderatormod
Let me start this out by saying that over the past few years or so I have become a very fussy eater.
For a number of reasons I don't really plan to get into, I'm at a point in my life where I'm looking to cut out red meat and poultry completely - no beef, no pork, no chicken or turkey or anything that resembles any of those. No shellfish, either. Unfortunately I don't absorb protein all that well so I need to eat a lot of it per day. While I can eat a ton of cheese every day that will get old really fast. I get sick of eggs quickly, I've never met a bean I have any interest in choking down (soy beans are the exception), and whey protein supplements make me gag. This leaves me in a bit of a tight spot.
I've turned to fish, which is of course great for protein. I stick to cod, haddock, tilapia, salmon... basically, fish that aren't fishy. I'm fine with throwing a few ounces in a pan with a little oil and having that be dinner, though it does get expensive to do that.
The problem is that, aside from this not being terribly maintainable due to the expense, my husband is practically begging me not to eat fish more than twice a week because of heavy metal contamination. He is very serious about this, and I'm not sure if it's true - or at least, if it's true that three or four times a week instead of twice a week is going to kill me. I know I've heard things about canned tuna, but I don't really eat much canned tuna. So is it true? Will that much fresh fish give me heavy metal poisoning? He swears up and down it will.
We've started eating some quinoa as well, which I read somewhere is a complete source of protein. I would have to eat a ton of it, but it's a start. So I'm also looking for things I can do with quinoa. If anyone has any favorite recipes to jazz it up a bit, that'd be great.
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