mussels @montmartre

A friend from San Diego visited us in DC recently. So, we did the obligatory Capitol Hill tour and then stopped at a little French restaurant called Montmartre in the SE Capitol Hill/Eastern Market neighborhood for lunch.
It was cold and overcast in DC, but once we stepped inside this bistro the weather was quickly forgotten. The Moules au choix were steamed and served in a sauce of parsley, garlic and white wine broth, which made a perfect dipping sauce for the crusty French bread. Served with a glass of red wine, it was the quintessential French meal.
Rich in protein and low in fat, mussels are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. Mussels also serve up a boatload of other nutrients, including selenium, iron and vitamins B12 and C. This dish is an easy way to help meet the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which recommends that we eat at least two seafood meals every week.
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Posted by Rima Kleiner, MS, RD