The tantalizing bits of crystallized ginger in this dough-topped fruit dessert add a little excitement to a holiday classic. The lower sugar content finds the right balance between sweet and tangy. And thanks to a bag of frozen fruit, the dish comes together quickly.
Frozen pointers Look for mixed bags of blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, or cherries, or use any frozen fruit or combination that you like, from peaches to cubed mangoes. The best part is that the fruit doubles as an icepack in your cooler on the way to your destination (store the cooler in the trunk if it’s not hard-sided or if it tends to leak). Don’t worry if the fruit thaws by the time you arrive. Just store it in the fridge rather than refreezing it. It will keep for about three days and will still be delicious.
Chopping crystallized ginger can become a sticky situation. If your knife just isn’t “cutting it,” try using scissors.
Preheat oven to 350 F (175 C).
For cobbler, in deep-sided 8 in (20 cm) square or round baking or casserole dish, sprinkle crystallized ginger and sugar or maple syrup over berries and dot with vegan margarine or butter. Place in preheated oven, for up to 15 minutes, while preparing topping.
For cobbler topping, in medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, crystallized ginger, and sugar or maple syrup. Cut in vegan margarine or butter. Add almond milk and stir to combine.
Drop batter by the spoonful over hot berries. Return to oven and bake for 30 minutes, or until batter is golden. Serve with ice cream (or nice cream), if desired.
These mildly spiced salmon tacos served with sweet and spicy pumpkin seeds will bring a party together. Make a small quantity of salmon go further when you pair it with a fresh red cabbage slaw featuring citrus and cilantro. Drizzled with some bright lime yogurt, the flavours come together perfectly. Sustainability status Wild salmon from the Pacific Northwest and Alaska are considered among the most sustainable, as the fishery is subject to limited harvests. With salmon stocks in decline, supporting managed fisheries such as these can help maintain populations into the future. That may also mean eating salmon less often than we do now. Salmon is a favourite Salmon is the most popular variety of fish in Canada and the second most popular in the US.
B12-rich mussels are a very good and economical source of protein and iron. Steamed mussels are a classic way to enjoy seafood—and so is this rich, aromatic broth of tomato, fennel, and saffron. Be sure to allow saffron to fully infuse to get the full flavour benefit, and finish off the dish with the fragrant fennel fronds. Sustainability status Farmed mussels are considered highly sustainable due to their low impacts on the environment. They are easy to harvest, require no fertilizer or fresh water, and don’t need to be fed externally, as they get all their nutritional requirements from their marine environment. Mussel prep Selection: Look for mussels with shiny, tightly closed shells that smell of the sea. If shells are slightly open, give them a tap. Live mussels will close immediately. Storage: Keep mussels in the fridge in a shallow pan laid on top of ice. Keep them out of water and cover with a damp cloth. Ideally, consume on the day you buy them, but within two days. They need to breathe, so never keep them in a sealed plastic bag. Cleanup: In addition to being sustainable, farmed mussels tend to require less cleaning than wild mussels. Most of the fibrous “beards” that mussels use to grip solid surfaces will have been removed before sale. But if a few remain, they’re easily dispatched: grasp the beard with your thumb and forefinger and pull it toward the hinge of the mussel and give it a tug. Afterward, give mussels a quick rinse and scrub away any areas of mud or seaweed, which, with farmed mussels, will require minimal work.
The delicate flavour of shrimp is highlighted with just a touch of lemon and a hint of mustard, while radish and celery give some fresh crunch to this dish. Eat it in lettuce cups, on top of greens, or served on whole grain bread for a filling snack. Sustainability status Both wild and farmed shrimp can be sustainable depending on where they’re caught and how they’re raised. See our article “Sea Change” for more information about choosing ethical shrimp.
Steaming fish in parchment-paper packets, also known as cooking en papillote , is a classic technique that allows you to cook all your vegetables and fish at the same time in a quick, easy, and convenient way. Flavours of lemon, garlic, and spicy dried chili make this a simple, yet showstopping meal. Sustainability status Wild-caught Pacific halibut has Ocean Wise and Marine Stewardship Council certifications and is fished using longlines, which is a more selective method of fishing that results in less bycatch. Prep party Involve family or guests in the prep and have everyone make their own packet. Once you’ve mastered the technique, it’s easy to change up the ingredients. Make sure you select vegetables that will cook at the same rate as the fish.