Looking to score a nutritional home run this spring? Consider cioppino, the tomato-based fish stew created by Italian immigrants in San Francisco.
Seafood is always a healthful choice when it comes to protein because most varieties are low in fat and calories. And even when they are high in fat, its usually the good kinds. So in this dish, weve used virtually fat-free shrimp and Pacific cod. Both are mild in flavor making them an excellent choice for picky eaters but feel free to substitute whichever fish or shellfish you like.
Another big benefit of a cioppino is that like many soups and stews, it contains lots of liquid and vegetables, making it a filling dish without filling up on calories. In this case, the liquid and vegetables come as a package in the form of a store-bought marinara sauce.
Tomatoes are packed with vitamin C and lycopene, a powerful antioxidant. And unlike some vegetables, which lose some of their nutritional mojo when cooked, tomatoes are enhanced by cooking. And because youre working with a jarred sauce and quick-cooking seafood, this stew can be on the table in about 30 minutes.