Eating healthy is an integral part of my lifestyle and one of the many ways I manage MS symptoms, as previously explained in my entry, Food for Thought. Even though I may restrict carbs and sugar for personal reasons, I know a lot of people who are also trying to eat better and lose weight so I decided to start a new series “Tasty Tuesday”, that focuses on super simple, healthy dishes. Keep in mind, the intent here isn’t to win any cooking awards – in fact, a lot of what I do painfully easy – but with a small baby, food restrictions and a full-time job, I don’t have a lot of time for fuss and I’m sure many of you can relate!Ok, so back to the recipe. I know what you’re thinking, “cod fillets, really?!” But yes, really! Before last week, I would have said the same thing but after making them one night on the grill, I was hooked and ended up making them again the following week because they’re so flavorful – not to mention good for you!
Cod is one of the world’s healthiest foods – it’s a low-calorie protein that’s rich in B12, omega-3 fatty acids and is one of the best foods for overall brain and cardiovascular health. Read more about the benefits here. I recently learned that I have a B12 deficiency which is very common with people with MS; it’s predicted that low B12 levels may trigger MS flares and symptoms like fatigue, loss of balance, numbness, etc. so it’s essential to not only take supplements but eat foods with high sources of vitamin B.
But more than just being good for you, it actually tastes great (think tender white fish) and requires minimal ingredients. I’ve made it on the grill and in the broiler – both being delicious. I’m partial to the grill in the summer so I’d recommend that if you have one. Bonus: the entire meal takes 20 minutes to prep and cook which is key for me!
- 1 lemon
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 6 oz cod fillets
- Herb seasoning (I use Perfect Pinch Lemon Herb Seasoning from McMormick)
- Bunch of fresh parsley
- Salt and lemon pepper to taste
Spread olive oil, juice of the lemon, herb seasonings, parsley and salt and pepper on top of the fillets. Let them marinade in the fridge if you have time, otherwise add to the grill or broiler for 6 – 7 minutes.
I typically cook the fish alongside asparagus or Brussel sprouts with olive oil, garlic, salt/pepper on the grill for a healthy, balanced meal.
Since my weeknight meals will never win a presentation award, I like to try and plate on a nicer dish – whether that’s a versatile platter or fun outdoor place-setting. Crate & Barrel is my go-to for casual platters since they’re simple but durable and always look nice and modern. Plus, they don’t break the bank! This Mercer Platter (seen above) is the one I typically use for serving fish.
A healthy eating series focusing on simple, low carb/sugar meals in 30 minutes or less.