For those of us are watching our weight, counting calories and/or carbs and find dining-out a bit daunting, I’ve got two words for you. “Order Ceviche!”
Ceviche (also spelled cebiche or seviche) is a seafood dish that is marinated in a citrus-based mixture, lemons and limes being the most commonly used. In addition to adding a fresh flavor and bite to the dish, the citric acid causes the proteins in the fish to become ‘denatured,’ which pickles or ‘cooks’ the fish without heat. This low carb, low calorie dish (approximately 175 per cup) is bursting with flavor, absolutely de-lish, totally satisfying and is 100% guilt-free.
It is popular in mainly Latin American countries such as Peru, Panama, Ecuador, Mexico, Guatemala, Columbia and Chile. Both finfish and shellfish are sued; finfish is typically raw (denatured as described above), while the shellfish is typically cooked.
While Peru is often noted as the birthplace of ceviche, each country puts its own touch on the dish by adding a variety of garnishes. In Peru, ceviche is served with slices of cold sweet potatoes or corn-on-the-cob. In Ecuador, it is accompanied by popcorn, nuts or corn nuts.
If you’d like to give it a try at home, here’s a to-die-for recipe!
Ceviche a la Our Lady of Weight Loss
Ingredients: 2 pounds tilapia fillets, cubed * 10 garlic cloves, chopped * 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped * 1 rocoto (Peruvian hot pepper) seeded and chopped * Salt n’ pepper to taste * Juice from 12-15 limes, freshly squeezed, strained. Enough to cover fish!!! * 1 red onion, thinly sliced and rinsed
Directions: Combine all ingredients except red onion and mix well. * Place red onion on top and let it marinate in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours before serving. * Before serving, mix well with slices of cold sweet potato and corn nuts.
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Janice Taylor is a Weight Loss Coach and Certified Hypnotist, author, artist and motivational speaker. She is the author of Our Lady of Weight Loss: Miraculous and Motivational Musings from the Patron Saint of Permanent Fat Removal and All Is Forgiven, Move On: Our Lady of Weight Loss's 101 Fat-Burning Steps on Your Journey to Sveltesville (publication date May 15, 2008). Janice is also the creator of the popular e-newsletter Kick in the Tush Club and a 50-pound big-time-loser.
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