It’s Good Friday and while that means that the Fish On Friday season is coming to a close. I grew up Catholic and every Friday during Lent my Grandma would have beautiful fish for all of us on Friday dinners.
Today is also Passover and a time for feasting! My best friend Marijane Levee celebrated Passover and her family would have me for their Passover meal and it was so special and sooo delicious. For Passover stock up on nuts. It’s a perfect alternative for baking for the holiday where flour is forbidden. Nuts contribute flavor and texture and are a great source of protein. Grind nuts with a touch of sugar in order to achieve a flour-like texture.
Whatever your traditions include, fish is an important addition to your family menu planning all year long. Fish is a great source of Omega 3’s to keep you heart healthy while reducing inflammation and strengthening the immune system. Consuming fish oil is also great for digestion along with benefitting your skin and hair.
One of my go-to fish recipes is my Slow Roasted Fish with Artichokes & Tomatoes, from my 10-Week, 360 Plan. This recipe has simple ingredients and is really easy to make, yet it’s full of rich Mediterranean flavors, with delicious kalamata olives and artichokes and fresh squeezed lemon juice. The trick to this dish is to cook the fish low and slow. It keeps it super moist and let’s the flavors soak in. It’s soo delicious and will be sure to please the whole family.
When selecting fresh fish, it’s always good to ask your fishmonger which variety of white fish is freshest that day, rather than going with a specific type in mind. Fresh fish retains it’s nutritional benefits better than once fish has been frozen, so try and select fresh, whenever available.
Here’s my Slow-Roasted Fish with Artichokes and Tomatoes
2 (8 oz) fillets white fish, such as pollock, haddock, tilapia, cod, or sole
5 tsp. olive oil, divided
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/8 tsp. salt
1 pint grape (or cherry) tomatoes, halved lengthwise
1 (15 oz) can quartered artichoke hearts, rinsed and drained
6 kalamata olives, roughly chopped
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
2 tsp. lemon juice (optional)
1. Preheat the oven to 275°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.
2. Place the fish fillets on the baking sheet. Rub the fillets on all sides with 3 tsp. olive oil and sprinkle with the pepper and salt.
3. Bake the fish for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the center is opaque.
4. While the fish is baking, heat the remaining 2 tsp. olive oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat.
5. Add the tomatoes and cook until softened, 5 to 7 minutes.
6. Add the artichokes and olives and heat through, about 2 minutes. Stir in the parsley.
7. To serve, plate each fillet with half the tomato-artichoke mixture. Add a drizzle of lemon juice if desired.