Fresh sardines aren’t for the faint of heart. They come whole - with eyes, fins, and tails intact. Plus, you’ve gotta eviscerate them before you cook ‘em. And when you do eat them, you’ve got to contend with tons of tiny bones. The flesh is firm and has a strong, pronounced briney flavor. It ain’t chicken, folks. But without a doubt, I LOVE them!
They’re sustainable, delicious, easy to prepare, super healthy, packed with omega-3 fatty acids, and low in toxins. There are lots of great resources that teach you how to tackle these little fishies. Definitely check out this post and this one to discover the different ways to prepare them. If you see fresh sardines at your fishmonger, snatch them up pronto!
Follow the jump to see how I made them!
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’m visiting my sister and brother-in-law with my two rugrats. Although the flight down to L.A. is less than one hour, it can be potentially treacherous since I’m alone with two squirmy boys. Thanks to Mr. Jobs, my kids were pretty well behaved and the only minor disaster was a spilled cup of apple juice all over my pants.
Since our flight was at noon, I was going to break my fast while up in the air. I packed myself a can of sardines…
…a Tanka bar and some of Fitbomb’s Paleo trail mix.
Not super satisfying but it quieted my complaining stomach. FYI - the TSA guy made me open up my luggage and asked what was in my unlabeled tin. When I told him it was a can of sardines, he winced, and let me pass through.
When we arrived at my sister’s house, I ate a snack of homemade meatballs (grain-free just for me!)…
…and a delicious salad with super fresh organic greens, toasted almonds, and a balsamic vinaigrette (made with homemade mustard!).
This is the stuff my sis just has hanging out in her fridge. I wish she lived nearby ‘cause I’d be raiding her ice box all the time.
After yesterday morning’s tilapia disaster, I wanted to redeem myself with a better fish choice. But I needed to eat ASAP. Luckily, our pantry is filled with a bunch of different brands of canned sardines. I picked this one:
I cracked it open and served it alongside some chopped cherry tomatoes and a dollop of Wholly Guacamole.
Yes, it’s an ugly looking breakfast but fast, tasty, and healthy.
Here’s his mash note to fish in a tin:
I love Bela Olhão canned sardines — and not just because they’re actually kind of delicious. (Really.) Here’s why:
- They’re portable, and you can eat ‘em straight out of the can, so they’re fantastic for long hikes or when you just need an emergency snack. I keep a couple of tins in my office desk drawer; when I’m hungry but too busy to go grab a bite across the street, I’ll just break open some smoked sardines.
- They fit like nobody’s business into my Paleo diet.
- You can eat a tin of sardines instead of slurping down your daily dose of fish oil. Sardines are super-rich in anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, “good fats” that decrease “the risk of heart disease and stroke while helping to reduce symptoms of hypertension, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), joint pain and other rheumatoid problems, as well as certain skin ailments. Some research has even shown that omega-3s can boost the immune system and help protect us from an array of illnesses including Alzheimer’s disease.”
In sum, sardines are awesome for you, and Bela Olhão is one of the tastier brands I’ve tried. You can find them at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, so give ‘em a shot.