Calamari, also known as squid, is low calorie, low fat, and very high in protein. This unique seafood has firm, white meat with a slightly sweet, and nutty flavor. The entire squid can be eaten, including the tentacles.
Calamari is a very good source of riboflavin, vitamin B12, copper, and selenium. Selenium helps the formation of antioxidant proteins, which help prevent cell damage and protects the immune system. Additional benefits of calamari are the content of niacin, and zinc.
You can purchase calamari in your grocery store or market year round in various forms. It is available fresh, canned, pickled, dried and frozen! The body is the main section of the meat, which can be sliced into rings, or cut into flat pieces.
Calamari can be cooked many ways, such as broiled, baked, steamed, fried, and can also be eaten raw.
Here are some new ways to enjoy calamari…try baked calamari fillets. Just mix a small amount of low fat parmesan cheese with an egg, and coat your fillets. Lightly spray your baking pan with olive oil. Bake for approximately 20 minutes. You can add some of your favorite vegetables in your baking dish for added flavor.
Try this tasty seafood in your stir fries, and even some toss in your salad. Try a calamari salad. Mix together lemon juice, vinegar, a small amount of olive oil, garlic, and onion power for your dressing. Mix your cooked or grilled calamari with olives, tomatoes and chopped celery. Sprinkle your dressing on top and there you go! A low calorie, low fat refreshing salad.
Calamari can be served as an appetizer, snack or main dish. Try dipping your calamari rings in a low calorie dip! Just mix some low fat plain yogurt with some of your favorite spices, and pureed tomato.
Calamari and shrimp make an excellent combination for a delicious seafood soup.
Use your imagination and have fun with calamari!
The Power Blast!
Calories: 3 ounces, raw 78 calories
Protein: 13 g
Vitamin C: 4 mg
Calcium: 27.2 mg
Cholesterol: 198 mg
Potassium: 209 mg
Sodium: 37 mg
Saturated Fat: 0