Today on Champagne Tastes: What’s a pescetarian? How can you find resources for a pescetarian diet?
When I first started this blog, I had a spelling question. Is ‘pescetarian’ spelled with an ‘e’ or an ‘a?’ Is it pescetarian or pescatarian? I asked several people, and the answer I got, without fail, was– “What’s a pescetarian?” (In case you’re wondering, both spellings are correct.) If you too are reading this thinking, ‘What is she talking about?’– this post is for you! If you’re reading this and thinking– ‘I’m a pescetarian!!!’– this post is for you too!
What is a Pescetarian?
A pescetarian, or a pesco-vegetarian, is someone who eats seafood, but no other meat. Some pescetarians are a little stricter than I am, and limit their seafood to fish– but I happily devour any kind of seafood. (I’m looking at you, Mr. Octopus!)
Eating a pescetarian diet can be an extremely healthy way to live (as long as your diet isn’t full of fried fish or fish with high levels of mercury). While some probably choose this diet for ethical reasons, I choose seafood over other meats because it makes me feel better. And yes, I do eat eggs and dairy products.
How do I cook for a Pescetarian?
Do you have a self-proclaimed, “semi-vegetarian,” fish-eating friend coming over for dinner? Are you worried about what he or she will or will not eat? The best option is always– ask! However, as a general rule– Anything vegan is a yes! Anything vegetarian… is also a yes! And anything from the sea… is probably also a yes! (I’m going to stick the ‘probably’ on there, because not everyone is a fan of the creepier, tentacled sea-going squid and octopus-like creatures.)
Where can I find Pescetarian Recipes?
You might think that it isn’t hard to find pescetarian recipes. To an extent, this is true, because most cookbooks and recipe sites will have food that is pescetarian friendly. However, it can be tiring to sort through lots of recipes that have ingredients you won’t eat, and sometimes it’s nice to have resources that are tailored to your specific diet!
Hopefully, since this is a pescetarian food blog, you’ll check out my site for pescetarian friendly food! If you go to the “Recipes” tab at the top of the page (click on the little menu icon if you’re on a smartphone), you’ll find that each meal category is broken up into vegan, vegetarian, and seafood recipes. Click around, and let me know if you’re looking for a recipe that you can’t find! I might still be able to help. And, to all you meat eaters who are simply trying to incorporate more fish or vegetarian food into your diet– welcome!
More Pescetarian Resources
If you’re looking for more places to find vegetarian and seafood recipes, here are a few other fantastic pescetarian bloggers:
Dana at Killing Thyme
Laura and Matt at Pescetarian Kitchen
Elena at Happy Kitchen Rocks
Still have questions? Searching for seafood recipes that you don’t see here? Let me know in the comments!