What to do with Sardines in Hot Sauce?
My youngest who still lives at home, on and off, recently left to go to Europe for a writing trip. He also left a bunch of laundry, a dirty room and a can of these:
He and I are both huge seafood lovers, his dad, not so much. I woke up one morning hungry and wondering what I could do with those sardines. We desperately need to go grocery shopping and frankly there is not a lot of food in the house. We have staples but we do not use a lot of convenience foods, I consider these sardines a convenience food because technically you can eat them right out of the can. The majority of food we eat we prepare ourselves and we carry our food with us when eating away from home. Transitioning to a healthier eating style also comes with a trade off; a lack of readily available food stuffs!
Humans have been feasting on sardines for ages and for good reason. Sardines are a wonderful addition to what should be daily fish intake. They are abundant in calcium, vitamins A, D and B12 along with a host of other minerals. They have lowest levels of mercury and similar toxic contaminants compared with larger fish, like tuna and swordfish, because they are low on the aquatic food chain, typically eating a mainly plankton based diet.
The term sardine applies to more than twenty varieties of small, oily, silvery saltwater fish related to the herring. Their name comes from the Italian island of Sardinia, where these fish were one of the first to be packed in oil. Today they are collected from the seas of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Mediterranean. Sardines tend to travel in large schools near the water’s surface and are sold fresh (although hard to find), canned in oil (olive oil being the best choice) or sauce, salted, smoked or dried. Most commercially available sardines are gutted with their heads removed then steamed before canning. 1
I was going grocery shopping and needed a snack before I left out. I'm putting this meal in the category of "what to eat when the pantry is practically empty" or "how to eat what's on hand". I'm sort of finicky about my food, I won't eat just anything. I want it to taste great or better than great, look very appealing, and be healthy. I think this dish fits the bill.
Hubby said they were interesting, which isn't a glowing endorsement, but he did finish his breakfast. I loved them, next time I will add a little citrus juice (lemon or lime) and hot sauce, the "Hot Tomato Sauce" was not very hot.
I can't promote these little guys enough. They are an absolute powerhouse of superfood goodness and they're tasty to boot! Incorporating seafood into a daily diet is integral to moving forward in a healthy and abundant life.