Lazy Man’s Moules Mariniéres (SCD / Paleo Friendly)

by Steven Wright

Cooked Mussels

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 a 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 Tablespoons 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.

chopped onion

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.

sautee onion

Step 3.  When you’re 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.

onions and mussels

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!

-Steve

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About the author

Steven Wright Steve Wright is a health engineer and author. In 2009, he reached a breaking point when IBS took over his life and the doctors didn't know how to help. Since then, he has transformed his health and started SCDLifestyle.com to help others naturally heal stomach problems. You can check out his story here and find him on Google+, Facebook or Twitter.

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Stacy December 11, 2012 at 2:52 pm

I’m new to SCD Diet. I’ve been doing low carb off and on since last year and lost 40lb. Since my gallbladder removal surgery last August. I find it harder to lose the weight. I found your site today and will be trying it out. Sorry if this is posted some where, I didn’t catch it, do you have to go by portion size on the SCD or how many carbs allowed a day? Is there a page with all this info? Thank you for your time and this will be a must try recipe 🙂

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Jordan Reasoner December 12, 2012 at 2:53 am

Welcome Stacy! There’s no restriction on how much you can eat in a day on SCD. Here’s the about page:

http://scdlifestyle.com/about-the-scd-diet/

In good health,

Jordan

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Lacey Shropshire December 11, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Just tried mussels for the first time using this recipe, however I did add a dash of lemon juice. I have to say it took me about 15 minutes looking at the stuff before I was actually brave enough to try it. They aren’t as bad as I was suspecting. Next time though I will leave out the lemon.

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Michele Adlam June 1, 2014 at 6:11 pm

This will be our 1st time cooking mussels (husband &I). I wanted something easy for sanity reasons. I have serious digestive issues and the doctors can not figure out what it is or how to make the symptoms less severe. So, I can change the way I eat. I am a vegetarian, I am switching the family over to a no meat diet. They can have seafood, soy milk, organic eggs etc. So to keep things interesting I’ll be following you. You give simple and accurate directions which makes my life easier. Thanks for the pictures.

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