Sauteed Cod and Peas With Carrot Broth

9 05 2016

Here’s a sexy little restaurant-worthy dish to start your week out right! And since you need wine for the recipe, treat yourself to a glass while you whip this beauty up…you deserve it!

Sauteed Cod and Peas With Carrot Broth

The following serves 2 (compliments of Cuisine Lite Menus for Two and This Girl’s Gotta Eat):

  • 1 cup cooked frozen crinkle cut carrots
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup diced onion
  • 1 Tbsp grated ginger (use the kind in the tube for ease)
  • Dry white wine
  • Salt
  • Hot sauce of your choice
  • 2 pieces of skinless, boneless cod
  • 4 tsp olive oil, plus more for the fish
  • Paprika
  • 1 and 1/2 cups frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 Tbsp chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish

Cook carrots according to package directions and strain. Add broth and cooked carrots to high-powered blender and process until smooth. Remove puree and set aside.

Cook 1/2 cup of the onions and ginger in 2 tsp oil in the same saucepan you used to cook the carrots. Cook over medium heat until onion softens, 3 minutes. Deglaze pan with 1/4 cup wine, cook for a minute, then add the carrot puree. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 10-15 minutes, covered or partially covered as it will splatter. Season broth with salt to taste and a dash of your favorite hot sauce.

Meanwhile coat the fish with a little oil and season liberally with salt and paprika on both sides. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium. Add fish and saute 4 minutes. Turn the fish, add a splash of wine and saute another 4 minutes, or until the fish flakes easily when pierced with a fork.

While the broth and the fish are cooking, heat the remaining 2 tsp oil in a medium skillet and saute the remaining 1/4 cup onion until beginning to soften, 3 minutes. Add peas, cook 3-5 minutes. Deglaze pan with a splash more of the wine and season with salt to taste. Add butter, chopped cilantro and remove from heat, tossing until the butter melts.

Spoon out the carrot broth between two shallow bowls, top with peas, fish (and some of the liquid it cooked it) and garnish with cilantro.





Rockfish Tacos with Carrot-Bean Slaw and Avocado Cream

24 03 2016

So here I am, This Girl is back…from a LONG break after having a baby! Bare with me as I get back to real cooking and blogging (enough with the frozen pizza, to-go orders and week-old leftovers, although I can stretch a leftover now like you wouldn’t believe)!

These tacos were inspired by last night’s baby food, homemade of course, and admittedly my son has been eating better than me lately. I made him pureed avocado and corn. I love the silky smooth texture, which is different then my usual chunky guac. Here I pureed avocado with sour cream making a “sauce” for these tacos, although his combo with the corn would be delicious as well. Too bad he ate it all! Next time I’m doubling, half for him and half for us!

Rockfish Tacos with Carrot-Bean Slaw and Avocado-Sour Cream

The following makes 4-5 large tacos (compliments of This Girl’s Gotta Eat):

  • 1 large poblano pepper
  • 1 lb skinless rockfish, cubed
  • ½ Tbsp ancho chile powder (you could use regular chile powder, I just wanted to match the smokey flavor in the poblano)
  • ½ tsp each ground cumin and garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp each salt and onion powder
  • Olive oil
  • 1 heaping cup matchstick carrots
  • 1 can (15.5 oz) blank beams, rinsed well
  • ½ cup sliced green onions
  • 1 lime
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 Tbsp sour cream
  • Salt and pepper
  • Tortillas (I used multi-grain soft taco tortillas)
  • Shredded Mexican cheese blend

Char the poblano pepper over an open flame on your stove. Continue to turn and char until all sides are done. Place in a medium bowl and immediately cover tightly with plastic wrap. This will trap the steam to make peeling easier.

Combine chile powder, cumin, garlic, salt and onion powder in a small bowl. Season fish liberally all over using spice blend. Add olive oil (few turns of the pan) to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add seasoned fish and saute until cooked through, about 5-6 minutes.

While the fish is cooking, uncover the pepper once cool enough to handle and peel the skin. Don’t take too much time removing, leaving some of the char on will add flavor. Cut in half, remove seeds and rough chop/large dice. Add back to the bowl along with the carrots, beans and green onions. Season to taste with salt and pepper, any spice blend you have leftover from seasoning the fish, juice of half the lime and the rice vinegar. Mix well and set aside.

Add the avocado and sour cream to a small food processor along with salt and pepper to taste and juice from the rest of the lime. Pulse until smooth and set aside.

Warm tortillas in the microwave, or if you have time you can char them over an open flame on your stove or on the grill.

Finally, build your tacos. Spread some of the avocado-sour cream on the bottom of a tortilla, top with some cheese, the carrot-bean slaw and fish. Enjoy any leftover slaw as a side dish along with the tacos.





Seared Scallops with Braised Cauliflower

9 09 2014

Top braised cauliflower with quick seared mini scallops for a fast and healthy weeknight meal. Loaded with flavor and super easy to make!

Seared Scallops with Braised Cauliflower

The following serves 3 (compliments of Lidia Bastianich and This Girl’s Gotta Eat):

  • 5 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 large head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • Dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup chopped kalamata olives
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 5 large Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1-2 Tbsp capers, drained and rinsed
  • 12 oz frozen mini scallops, thawed and patted dry
  • Ground black pepper
  • Fresh parsley, chopped
  • Parmesan cheese, grated

Heat 3 Tbsp of the olive oil in a large dutch oven over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add 4 cloves of minced garlic, and let it sizzle for a minute or two, stirring. Toss the cauliflower and stir to coat with the oil. Deglaze with a splash of dry white wine.

Add the olives, oregano, salt and red pepper flakes and stir. Next add the tomatoes and their juices, along with the capers. Bring the cauliflower/sauce to a rapid simmer. Cover, and cook 10 minutes. Uncover, and simmer until the cauliflower is tender and the sauce has thickened, about 10 to 12 minutes.

Right before you’re ready to serve, heat the remaining 2 Tbsp olive oil in a medium-large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the remaining minced garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add dry scallops and sear for 4-5 minutes, constantly tossing the scallops in the garlic oil. Remove from heat and season lightly with salt and pepper to taste and garnish with fresh parsley. Serve immediately.

Garnish cauliflower with a good handful of chopped parsley. To serve, dish out the cauliflower, top with a little parmesan cheese and finish with scallops and some of the garlic oil they were cooked in.





Grilled Fish With Lemon, Basil and Garlic

3 06 2014

This technique of grilling fish on top of lemon slices is brilliant, and is my new favorite way of cooking fish! The citrus helps flavor the fish, but more importantly it prevents it from sticking to the grill. Flavorful, smoky fish that’s done fast – that’s my kind of summer supper!

Grilled Fish With Lemon, Basil and Garlic

The following serves 2 (adapted from Martha Stewart):

  • 2 boneless, skinless white fish filets, really you could use whatever fish you’d like, your cooking time will just vary
  • 1-2 lemons, sliced thick
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • 4-6 garlic cloves, smashed
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt

Preheat grill to low heat.

You don’t have to use a grill pan if you don’t have one, I just thought it was easier for transporting these stacks. Spray the grill pan with non-stick spray.

Each piece of fish will use 3 thick slices of lemon. Place 2 slices of lemon per fish on the grill pan and top the lemon with a layer of basil leaves, using however many you need to cover the lemon slices. Next, add 2-3 smashed garlic cloves on top of the basil. Top the lemon, basil and garlic with a piece of fish. Drizzle the fish with a little olive oil. Season lightly with salt to taste, and top each piece of fish with another slice of lemon.

Grill covered for about 10-12 minutes (do not turn), or until fish has turned opaque and begins to flake.

Serve with more lemon slices and roasted or steamed veggies.





Fish Tacos with Carrot and Cilantro Chimichurri Slaw

30 04 2014

Friends often ask me how I’m able to cook nearly every night after long work days. The trick is to meal plan for the week, use similar ingredients in different dishes and utilize leftovers. The other night I made a steak dinner with a chimichurri sauce. I saved some of the chimichurri on purpose to use with this taco, to add flavor and finish the dish. By using leftover sauce with quick cooking fish and pre-shredded carrots, I’m able to get dinner together super fast on a busy weeknight.

Fish Tacos with Carrot and Cilantro Chimichurri Slaw

Fish Tacos with Carrot and Cilantro Chimichurri Slaw

The following makes 2 large tacos (compliments of This Girl’s Gotta Eat):

  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cod filets, skinless
  • Kosher salt
  • Ground cumin
  • Ancho chile powder
  • Garlic powder
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 Tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1/3 cup leftover cilantro chimichurri
  • 2 whole-grain tortillas, soft taco size
  • 2 Tbsp whole cilantro leaves

Heat a Tbsp or so of olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Season fish filets on both sides with a little salt, cumin, chile and garlic powders to taste. Saute until fish is opaque, cooked through and starting to brown, 4-5 minutes or so per side.

Meanwhile in a bowl, combine the carrots, green onions, red onion, chopped cilantro and all but a little of the leftover chimichurri until combined.

Warm the tortillas in the microwave 10-20 seconds.

To serve, divide the carrot slaw among warmed tortillas, top with a piece of fish and garnish with remaining chimichurri and cilantro leaves. To make the taco easier to eat after you plate it, gently break up the fish into bite-size pieces with a fork.





Orange-Salted Cod With Cherry Tomatoes, Olives and Capers

6 04 2014

This deliciously simple Italian fish supper is from one of my fav cookbooks, Piatto Unico, meaning a complete meal. Showcasing one-course Italian meals is what this cookbook is all about. I only changed the recipe slightly, the biggest addition being my orange salt, which brightened the fish. Serve with some crusty bread to mop up the yummy broth!

Orange-Salted Cod With Cherry Tomatoes, Olives and Capers

Orange-Salted Cod With Cherry Tomatoes, Olives and Capers

The following makes 2 servings (adapted from Piatto Unico Cookbook):

  • 1 Tbsp capers
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium-thick skinless white fish filets, I used cod
  • Orange salt (combine a good amount of orange zest, a little kosher salt, dried rosemary and red pepper flakes)
  • 1/2 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives, halved
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, coarsely chopped
  • 1-4 to 1/2 cup dry white wine

Preheat the oven to 400.

Place the capers in a small bowl and cover with water; soak for 5 minutes, then drain.

Drizzle a little olive oil over the bottom of a casserole dish and smear it around with your hands.

Season both sides of the fish with a little orange salt (be careful not to over salt). Place seasoned fish in the oiled casserole dish.

Combine the tomatoes, olives, drained capers, garlic, half the parsley and wine in a bowl. Pour over and around the fish. Top everything with a Tbsp of oil.

Cover with foil and bake until fish filets are just done, 10 to 15 minutes, depending on the thickness.

Dish out fish, tomatoes, olives and broth into shallow soup bowls or plates, and top with the rest of the parsley.

Serve with crusty bread for mopping up the broth, and roasted asparagus or a salad of mixed greens on the side if desired.





Chipotle-Mango Sauce With Cod And Asparagus

20 02 2014

Spotted this awesome chipotle-mango sauce that Guy Fieri used to make BBQ chicken, and thought it would be equally tasty on fish. I was right…this meal is deliciously balanced with both sweet and smokey flavors…and easy and healthy! I could go on an on about how awesome this dinner is, but you should probably just try it out for yourself! 😉

Chipotle-Mango Sauce With Cod And Asparagus

Chipotle-Mango Sauce With Cod And Asparagus

The following serves 2 (compliments of Guy Fieri and This Girl’s Gotta Eat):
  • 1 chipotle in adobo, plus some of the sauce
  • 3/4 cup chopped mango (make sure to peel the mango first)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp unseasoned rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 Tbsp olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup vegetable or chicken broth, either homemade or low-sodium
  • 2 skinless cod fillets, or other mild white fish
  • 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed and cut into diagonal thirds

Preheat oven to 250.

In a food processor puree (until smooth) the chipotle, mango, cilantro, lemon juice, vinegar, 1/2 Tbsp oil, garlic and salt and pepper to taste.

Whisk about 2 Tbsp of the chipotle-mango sauce with the broth. Add the broth mixture to a medium oven-proof skillet and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add cod filets and transfer skillet to the oven. Poach until fish flakes with a fork, about 20-25 minutes.

Transfer the rest of the chipotle-mango sauce to a small saucepan and simmer over low heat until thick, stirring often, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat some olive oil in a large saute pan (couple turns of the pan) over medium heat. Add asparagus, season with salt and pepper to taste and saute, stirring occasionally until tender-crisp, 5-7 minutes.

To serve, dish some of the warmed chipotle-mango sauce on plates and top with cod and asparagus. Serve more sauce on top if desired, and a side salad.