We’ve been on a cod kick lately! It’s good for you, not too heavy, and versatile. Not long ago I posted a recipe in a tomato-based sauce and today I’m sharing a simple butter and herb spread that is quick to make, flavorful, and allows the delicate flavor of the cod to take center stage. The recipe is from weight watchers, originally done using Halibut, and can be found by clicking here. It can be made with any of your favorite white fishes.
Marco isn’t concerned about his weight, but after some winter weight gain, he likes to prepare for bathing suit season with a focused effort using the weight watchers app. It’s a very simple system that helps users pay attention to the caloric value of foods. Rather than calories, however, weight watchers calculates point values. So, Marco has a 30 point daily target. The cod recipe pictured here is only 3 points.
When I speak with my clients about healthy eating and weight, I encourage them to think about food intake, the amount of energy we expend in a day, and the simple reality of the scale. If our weight is holding steady, then we are getting the same number of calories that we are using up. If we are gaining weight, then we are eating more than we need. If we are losing weight, this means we are using more energy than the calories we are consuming.
The beauty of the weight watchers method is its behavioral component. The act of valuing each morsel that goes into our mouths is a simple yet profound teaching tool. If I put this chocolate in my mouth, then the point value goes to my daily tally. Likewise, this glass of wine is 5 points. Then, when I learn that fruits and vegetables have 0 point values, I’m likely to eat more of these! So, in a very practical, deliberate way I am able to achieve Michael Pollan’s maxim of “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
- salt and pepper
- fresh lemon
- parsley or basil
- broiler on high
- rub salt and pepper on both sides of the fish
- place on a pan and put small pices of butter on each piece of fish
- broil for 10-12 minutes or until done to your preference
- plate the fish, drizzle with lemon juice, sprinkle with parsley or basil