|Spicy Fish With Veggies|
Recipe by Robin
According to WebMD, three ways to lose weight are to eat protein at every meal, spice food up so it’s more satisfying, and eat more veggies. This recipe incorporates all three. Many of us are ready to eat lighter fare after the holidays, so I thought this recipe would be perfect for January.
|Red and Green Ingredients|
And of the summer veggies, zucchini and bell pepper are available in winter, and taste nearly as good as in summertime, unlike tomatoes and eggplant. You can eat this on its own as a stew/soup, or ladle it over some cooked spaghetti squash or thin wholegrain pasta.
|Summer Variation: Add up to 1 cup Fresh Basil when Finished|
A bunch of green onions can be substituted for the leeks, and total quantity of leeks or onions can be up to 1½ cups. In a pinch, you can substitute finely chopped yellow onion or shallot. You can spice your own juice, if you have only regular tomato juice on hand, or prefer it a bit less spicy. Add spiciness to your taste with cayenne or other ground red pepper. I use ¼ tsp. of cayenne, but you might like just a few dashes, or 3/8 tsp. or more for extra-fiery.
serves 4 - 6
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 – 2 leeks, sliced
1 small green bell pepper
3 – 4 small zucchini
2 cups spicy tomato juice
salt and pepper
1½ lbs. thick white fish fillets
½ tsp. dried oregano
½ tsp. dried marjoram
½ tsp. dried thyme
salt and pepper
2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley or other green herb (optional)
Use a large frying pan with lid or preferably an electric frying pan.
Cut leeks in half lengthwise and clean thoroughly. Make thin slices from each half-section. Chop bell pepper. Slice zucchini thinly.
Sauté leeks and bell pepper in oil in a nonstick pan 5 minutes. Add zucchini and sauté 5 more minutes, stirring frequently to cook evenly.
Add tomato juice and dried herbs plus salt and pepper to taste. Bring to boil and simmer 7 - 10 minutes, till zucchini is fairly tender.
Slide veggies to the sides of pan. Submerge fish fillets in tomato juice and sprinkle with parsley if using. Top with the cooked veggies. Cover pan and simmer about 7 more minutes (less if using thin fillets), until the fish is cooked.
|Summer Ingredients: Add Basil, Reduce other Herbs to 1/4 tsp. each|