What to do with imitation crabmeat

by cate on August 9, 2011

One of the most popular posts on this blog has been my So what is imitation crab meat? post.  Now that the question has been answered what do you do with it?  How can it help your skin?

Well, first off we need to find a recipe that will help meet this goal.  I found one today that I am super excited about making. Originally I thought I would make this for dinner next week but since I have a cantaloupe in my refrigerator and imitation crab in my freezer this might turn into lunch tomorrow.

The recipe is Crabmeat Salad in a Cantaloupe bowl and it is from Weightwatchers.com. Before we get into the good stuff let’s talk about what makes this healthy and how it can help you keep your skin happy.  The main two ingredients, the cantaloupe and the crabmeat/imitation crab, both contain vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals. Let’s continue to explore.

1. Imitation Crabmeat – While it is not derived from crab it is derived from fish. The fish used and the processing of the fish pretty much wipe out what little Omega-3s those fish contained.  While that is a little negative, there are other good things packed in there such as:

  • 34% of the daily recommended intake (DRI) of phosphorus which contributes to healthy bones, teeth, and cellular repair
  • 35% of the DRI for selenium which contributes to normal growth, normal health, and contains certain enzymes that help with normal body functions
  • 20% of the DRI for vitamin B12 which helps maintain healthy nerve cells and red blood cells and is also needed to make DNA.

2. Cantaloupe – Cantaloupe is the most popular melon in the USA. This superfood contains:

  • Antioxidants – The cantaloupe actually increases the antioxidants already in your body to fight free radicals and keep skin problems at bay
  • 101% of the DRI for Vitamin A which contributes to cellular growth, maintaining vision, and fighting cancer
  • 110% of the DRI for Vitamin C which contributes to formation of collagen in bones, cartilage, muscle, and blood vessels and aids in the absorption of iron

Overall, adding these two foods together gives you quite a power punch of vitamins and minerals. Who can complain about that?


So here is the fun, the actual recipe.  Enjoy!

Ingredients

1/2 cup(s) reduced-calorie mayonnaise (or fat free cream cheese)
2 medium scallion(s), finely chopped
2 Tbsp ketchup
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 Tbsp sweet red pepper(s), minced or finely chopped
1 Tbsp onion(s), minced or finely chopped
1 Tbsp parsley, fresh, minced or finely chopped
1 Tbsp sweet pickle relish
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1/8 tsp table salt, or to taste
1 pound(s) lump crabmeat, fresh, picked over to remove any shells (or imitation crabmeat)
2 small cantaloupe, halved and seeded
1 Tbsp chives, fresh, finely chopped

Instructions

  • Place mayonnaise, scallions, ketchup, lemon juice, red pepper, onion, parsley, relish, mustard and salt in a blender or food processor; blend until smooth (add a touch of water to obtain a thinner dressing consistency, if desired).
  • Put crabmeat in a medium bowl and toss with mayonnaise mixture (add as much or as little as desired).
  • Slice a sliver off the bottom of each melon half so it will sit flat on a plate; spoon about 1 cup of crabmeat salad into each half, garnish with chives and serve. Yields half a filled melon per serving.

Notes

  • Shrimp or lobster can easily be substituted for the crabmeat if preferred.
  • Sources:
    Livestrong

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