This slow, but steady mentality of progression brought to mind a recent culinary creation of mine, so of course I have to share!
A couple weeks ago, I had spent the entire morning completing some intense reading for a class and felt the need to get up and move a bit; however, I could not find a way to make the cold air and gusting winds outside into desirable and motivating conditions for a jog or walk. I resorted to the treadmill at the gym. As I was flipping through the channels on the attached television, I came across an episode of "The Chew." They were discussing various methods of cooking fish and featuring a specific technique used by the Chef at the White House. It is widely known that First Lady Michelle Obama is a big advocate of exercise and healthy eating so my interest was piqued. After watching the segment, I knew immediately what was for dinner that evening!
The method employed by the five-star, White House Chef was "slow baking." As it sounds, this technique cooks the fish slowly at a very low temperature to retain maximum nutrients, moisture, and flavor. While she used salmon, I chose to have Wild Atlantic Cod that night. For those who may be unfamiliar with types of seafood, cod is a mild, delicate, and lean white fish that is a good source of phosphorous, niacin, and vitamins B6 and B12. I would highly recommend trying the following slow baked technique on any type of fresh seafood that you prefer, as it was simple yet sensational. I chose to have the cod atop a bed of mixed organic greens tossed with balsamic vinegar and alongside ½ of an acorn squash that I had roasted in the oven with cinnamon, sugar substitute, and nutmeg a day earlier.
5-6 ounce filet of Wild Atlantic Cod
½ teaspoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Pepper to season
--Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
--Sprinkle both sides of the fish with pepper. Feel free to use additional seasonings such as garlic and salt; however, the simpler you keep it, the more you will appreciate the abundant flavors of the fish.
--Set the fish on a baking sheet and drizzle with the olive oil and a splash of water.
--Cook for 15-25 minutes depending on your desired doneness (Mine took about 20 minutes).
Nutritional Information (for 5 oz. prepared fish):
Calories: 140, Fat: 3 grams, Carbohydrates: 0 grams, Fiber: 0 grams, Protein: 25 grams