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Fish and Seafood

Fresh fish, shrimp, crab and lobster taste like the ocean, with a briny sweetness that's meant to be enhanced, not overpowered -- so the best recipes keep things light. When you're buying seafood, seek out firm flesh, bright eyes, and above all, that clean, sweet scent of the sea (yes, we're suggesting you smell the fish before you buy). Then, once you bring it home, well ... leave it alone. Sure, sprinkle it with a bit of fresh lemon juice, a drizzle of clarified butter, and some fragrant fresh herbs. Even hearty fish and/or clam chowders are straightforward, with fish stock and heavy cream creating a rich base for the seafood. Because fresh fish should always be the star of the show - treat it like a diva.

Total: 35 mins

Mediterranean Shrimp

Family Circle

This low-fat pasta recipe is brimming with fresh vegetables--mushrooms, zucchini, yellow squash, and plum tomatoes. If you're watching sodium, choose a reduced-sodium pasta sauce to mix with the shrimp and veggies.

Total: 45 mins

Grilled Salmon Tacos

Diabetic Living

These grilled salmon tacos are loaded with healthful omega-3 fatty acids. The potato based salsa makes them extra hearty.

Stuffed Crab

Better Homes and Gardens

Buttery bread stuffing makes this easy crab recipe savory and delicious. Use fresh or frozen crab meat for this recipe. Fresh hard-shell crabs are available year round in coastal areas. All live crabs should be cooked the day they are purchased.

Quinoa Salmon Cups

Diabetic Living

Shrimp and Cucumber with Creamy Avocado Dressing

Diabetic Living

This is a great appetizer, salad or healthy lunch. Try serving individual portions in a martini glass for added flair.

Total: 20 mins

Tarragon-Pecan Salmon

Better Homes and Gardens

Nut-crusted salmon is a popular restaurant dish but you can easily make it at home with this recipe.

Baked Tilapia

Family Circle

A cracker mixture gives this baked fish recipe a crunchy coating. This main dish is ready-to-serve in less than 30 minutes.

Shrimp Quesadillas with Mango

Family Circle

The shrimp in this main-dish recipe receive a flavor burst from a lime juice and chili powder marinade. A mango puree adds a sweet, cooling touch to these skillet sandwiches.

Crab-Topped Shrimp

Diabetic Living

Mahi Mahi with Remoulade

Diabetic Living

Baked Coconut Shrimp with Curried Apricot Sauce

Better Homes and Gardens

Coconut coating adds crunch to baked shrimp, which are served with a curried apricot dipping sauce.

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