Mussels with white wine, celery, and shallots. Remember, the white wine is optional!

Mussels are reasonably priced and full of great nutritional benefits. They are easy to cook and all you need to do is chop some vegetables! One medium mussel has 14 calories, 0.4 grams of fat, 2 grams of protein, and 1.1 grams of protein. It is easy to cook and only requires the chopping of the vegetables.

For one serving, for one person, as a meal and not an appetizer, we recommend 1 pound of mussels. This will be approximately 20 to 30 mussels, which will be anywhere from 280 to 420 calories, 40 to 60 grams of protein, and 8 to 12 grams of fat. We love cooking them with lots of vegetables, particularly celery and shallots.

To serve 6, you will need:
• 6 pounds mussels, cleaned and very fresh
• 2 celery ribs, finely chopped, including some of the leafy green parts
• 8 to 12 garlic cloves, finely chopped- use more or less depending on your taste!
• 6 shallots, finely chopped
• 3 cups dry white wine- if you don’t want to use wine, replace with fish stock
• 1 bunch fresh parsley, chopped
• 6-8 tablespoons olive oil

• Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat
• Add the shallots, celery and garlic and cook until softened, 5 to 10 minutes
• Add the mussels, wine or stock, and chopped parsley and season well with salt and pepper to your taste
• Give it a good stir, cover the pot, and cook until the mussels open and are cooked through, about 10 to 15 minutes
• Stir the mussels occasionally, making sure that they cook evenly

To serve, put the mussels in individual plates with some of the juice. Serve with crusty bread!