What? I’m a lazy man. I respect the French cooking and all. They make some dang good food. But this wasn’t a romantic dinner, it was hectic Tuesday night. So I had to do what I do best. Get in and out of the kitchen fast.
But you know me, I like to eat good food, not warmed up chicken breasts. Nope, instead I found some frozen cooked mussels at the big box store and decided to have some fun. Mussels are a superfood if you believe in that kind of thing.
But You’ve Never Eaten Mussels?
Mussels are filter feeders and look like clams, but smaller. They spend their lives latched on to something hard and feed by filtering the water, in turn making it cleaner. This makes them unique in that farmed mussels actually receive pretty high marks. It turns out the only real difference is that farmed mussels are purposely placed into the waters and then harvested. Nature does the rest.
Mussels are extremely high in omega-3s and very micronutrient dense. They are great sources of B12, iron, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium and zinc.
They can be bought shelled or cooked and de-shelled. For the lazy man’s way, in which I made a full dinner in under 20 minutes, go with de-shelled. Oh and if you don’t do dairy, just swap in coconut oil for the ghee and you’ll be all set.
Lazy Man’s Moules Mariniéres in under 20 minutes
Start with the following:
1 pound of defrosted cooked shelled mussels
2 tablespoon of ghee
½ medium white onion diced
6 small cloves of garlic
Salt, black pepper and parsley
Okay trust me anyone can do this. I’ll walk you through it.
Step 1. Heat the pan on medium heat with ghee, as it’s heating up start dicing the onion and garlic.
Step 2. After it’s heated (about 5 min or so) dump the onion and garlic in and sauté it (just move it around a lot using a spatula or spoon) until the onions are turning translucent.
Step 3. When your satisfied with the onions and garlic take them out of the pan and put them in a bowl until later.
Step 4. If your pan needs more ghee, drop some more in. Then throw in the mussels, salt, pepper and parsley. Keep stirring and moving the mussels around. Remember they are already cooked so we are just heating them and getting some flavors going.
Step 5. After 3-5 minutes of getting the mussels warmed up put the onions and garlic back in and stir it all together for a few more minutes. Then plate and serve!
Let me know what you think in the comments below!