Flaky, Alaskan Cod served with a bacon and potato clam chowder sauce tastes like a restaurant meal but is perfect for a healthy, weeknight dinner. I love when food reminds me of a favorite memory. Alaska Cod with Clam Chowder Sauce reminds me of our cruise to Alaska many moons ago. This was before we had our little one and were foot loose and fancy free. My husband and I took an amazing cruise from California up to Alaska. This was a once in a lifetime kind of cruise. So we went for the gusto and had the most amazing time. The highlight for me is easy, dog sledding! It still makes me giggle whenever I think about it. A-mazing! My husband and I adore animals, and I was a little apprehensive about the dogs. Would they really love it? Were they well taken care of? Were we harming them? Those were just a few of my thoughts as we took a helicopter up the mountain. Have you ever been in a helicopter? Holy cow! Ever since I fell down a flight of stairs in Italy, my fear of heights has “heightened”. When you are strapped in a helicopter, flying high and look down, you see the sky. In an airplane, you see the floor of the airplane. It isn’t like that in a helicopter. I was white knuckling the seat, taking deep breathes and trying to think only of the dogs. My husband who was absolutely loving the ride was gleefully telling me to look down. Are you c-r-a-z-y man? I am trying to stay in control right now. It felt like forever for us to fly up the mountain. Now you would think I couldn’t wait to get out of the helicopter, but all I could think was that I was going to face plant into the snow trying to get out of the chopper. My legs were so shaky. I made it without a mouthful of snow and we headed to the dogs. Some of the dogs were standing on top of their dog houses, others were jumping in the air like they just don’t care. They were barking and their tails were wagging so fast. They were happy! Yay! We got to give them lots of love. Of course one of the first questions to our guide “Do they really like to pull the sled?” Do they like it? No, they love it.
The dogs taking our sled had little booties put on their feet. They could not wait. If you have a dog, you know what doggies do when they are excited. They run in circles, you would swear they have a smile on their face. You know! That was what it was like. We got to take turns being the musher, the person driving the sled. Wimpy here let her husband mush first. I sat in the sled. One word of warning they give you, they do not stop for a doggie toilet break so be aware of flying poop. The thought of a face full of dog poop could not even stop me from enjoying this glorious moment. The dogs could not wait to run. They all wanted a turn right away. One word and they were off. We were gliding through the snow being pulled by the most gorgeous, furry dogs. The minute the sled starts your adrenaline starts popping, a huge smile cements on your face and sheer joy pumps through your body. It is over before you know it. Then it was my turn to drive. While I enjoyed riding in the sled, being the actual musher and directing the dogs, is simply one of the best things I have ever done. My adrenaline was at a all time high, cold what cold outside? I didn’t feel any coldness. I could hear every sound and felt like the world suddenly went into slow motion. This is a moment to savor and remember forever. Then they are off. You are holding on, totally forgetting about the potential for flying poop, and living like you never lived before. The dogs are sprinting around, you have the reins and are in control (sort of). Can I do it again, pretty please? There were many more phenomial moments to that cruise, but those are stories for another time. I loved reliving that joyous moment while enjoying some Alaska cod. I bet you tend to think of salmon when you think of Alaska seafood, but they supply five species of salmon, several varieties of whitefish, and numerous shellfish species. You can find fresh, frozen or even canned. Alaska seafood is high in protein, low in saturated fat, low in sodium and one of the best sources of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. That makes it perfect for healthy eating. Plus fish cooks so quickly, making it perfect for a weeknight. Don’t be afraid to cook fish. It really does cook quickly, so set your timer and don’t be afraid to take it off the heat after only a few minutes. You will be rewarded with a deliciously, quick and easy weeknight dinner. Go fish! If you want to be sure to see Food Done Light’s next recipe, Green Goddess Dip, subscribe by email below. You won’t want to miss it.
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