Want a Cheap and Eco-Friendly Dinner? Try Mussels.

Want a Cheap and Eco-Friendly Dinner? Try Mussels.

When we're thinking about cooking an inexpensive meal, we waltz right past the seafood counter. Fish and budgets usually don't mix. But in an article in The New York Times, Melissa Clark reminds us that mussels—a brothy, aromatic, decadent bowl of mussels—is not only cheap but also a responsible seafood choice.

Mussels are a meal that require precious few ingredients. A little liquid for the broth (Clark used Belgian ale), some garlic and herbs, and a little spice. It's a wonderful dish for one or two, huddled over a big pot with hunks of bread in hand.

As for the cheap and eco-friendly aspects... Clark said she paid $3.98 for two pounds. Less than $4 for two people? Hello! That's scrambled eggs or peanut butter sandwich territory. And Clark notes that mussels are considered a "Best Choice" by the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch because they are farmed in an environmentally sustainable way.

For more information on responsible seafood choices, see our post on text messages for safe fish.

Read the article in The New York Times:
Seafood, Easy and Guilt-Free
Recipe: Ale-Steamed Mussels with Garlic and Mustard

More mussel recipes from the Kitchn:
Mussels Steamed in Wine and Served on a Bed of Vegetables
Linguine with Mussels and Dandelion Greens
Easy Appetizer: Clams and Mussels on the Grill

Related: How to Clean and Debeard Mussels

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