Cutting meat out of your diet may seem like a huge, burdensome change — but adopting a pescatarian diet is actually really accessible. As someone who’s been a pescatarian for several years now, I’ve found that the key is to never make yourself feel like you’re sacrificing something or restricting yourself. Instead, embrace the things you can eat, rather than focusing on the things that you can’t.
While a pescatarian diet does exclude red meat, poultry, lamb, and pork, there’s a whole lot more that’s fair game for eating. Vegetables, grains, fruits, legumes, beans, cheese, eggs, and yogurt are all encouraged, and the pescatarian diet puts an emphasis on fish and shellfish as a source of protein. If you didn’t already know, fish is one of the most weeknight-friendly ingredients you can have on hand. It cooks up incredibly quickly on either the stove or in the oven, and depending on how you cook it, doesn’t always need to thaw first.
Along the way, you’ll also likely find new sources of protein that are (potentially) even more delicious than what you had previously been eating. Below you’ll find a starting point to help you get there — a list of 25 of my favorite pescatarian recipes that are tasty, nutritious, and easy to prepare.
Learn more about a pescatarian diet: Everything You Need to Know About the Pescatarian Diet