Mussels are a low-fat source of protein and provide selenium, a mineral necessary for the detoxification of heavy metals, and vitamin A, which is essential for immune function. In addition, mussels supply your body with vitamins B and C, iron, phosphorus, manganese, and zinc. Mussels are also an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. Stick with commercial sources as mussels may collect poisonous algae that can cause paralytic shellfish poisoning. Commercial sources are well-monitored to avoid this danger.
2 tablespoons butter (For a dairy-free option, try Earth Balance.)
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 chopped scallions
2 cups dry white wine
juice of 1/2 lemon, about 1 tablespoon
fresh ground black pepper to taste
2 pounds mussels, cleaned and debearded
1 cup chopped fresh, flat-leaf parsley
2 slices bread, grilled
- In a deep pot, heat butter until melted and add garlic and scallions; sauté for 2-3 minutes until garlic is tender. Add wine, lemon, and pepper, and bring to a boil. Add mussels, cover, and lower heat to maintain a simmer. Allow to simmer for 1-2 minutes, then stir and quickly replace lid. After 1 more minute, add parsley, cover, and cook for an addition 2-3 minutes, until all (or most) of mussels have opened.
- Remove covered pot from heat. Serve immediately including both mussels and broth in the bowl, removing and discarding any mussels that have not opened.
- Serve with grilled bread and a tossed green salad with oil and vinegar dressing.
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