I tried a new recipe….

that was pretty amazing.  It was the Easy Weeknight Greek Fish Skillet from my friend Kelly Winters over at Primally Inspired.  Kelly has awesome recipes that are usually grain and dairy free.  If you haven’t checked her out, you should!

About the recipe…it was cod with spinach, tomatoes, lemon, oregano and kalamata olives, cooked in olive oil.  Delicious and so easy, since it was all in one pan.

It got me to thinking…how else could I use those same flavors?

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This is where cooking gets fun.  I love being inspired to put things together in a different way.

Let’s look at the ingredients first:

Lemon is like “24K Magic” to me…can’t get enough!  Fresh lemon perks up the flavor of so many things, plus it is loaded with vitamin C and other antioxidants.  Vitamin C helps your body produce collagen, for firm skin and healthy hair and nails.

Spinach is rich in vitamin A (crucial to skin health), vitamin K, and many phytonutrients and minerals.

Tomatoes are high in vitamin C, antioxidants, and biotin, which is known for supporting healthy hair, skin and nails.

Oregano contains the volatile oils thymol and carvacrol, which have been shown to inhibit the growth of bacteria, as well as many phytonutrients.

Olives and olive oil are both great sources of monounsaturated fat.  You don’t need to be afraid of fat!  Since I started focusing on adding high quality fat to my diet, I have steady energy  and maintain my weight more easily.

A healthy fat like this helps your body absorb the nutrients from the produce.  It also keeps you satiated and makes everything taste great!  I love Kasandrinos olive oil. It’s a little pricier than most of the varieties you’ll find at the grocery store, but it comes from small family farms in Greece and tastes amazing.  Here are some previous posts on olive oil, in case you missed them:

Has your olive oil lost its virginity?

“Like a Virgin”…

 

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So here’s what I’ve tried so far.

I made a Greek chicken bowl (I love eating out of a bowl!) with shredded chicken that I had prepared ahead in the crockpot.  I diced a plum tomato and quickly cooked it in some olive oil, then tossed in the spinach and let it cook down for just a minute or two.  Squeezed in half a lemon, sprinkled with some oregano, and put it on top of the chicken.  Threw in a few kalamata olives, which totally took it over the top.

Scrambled eggs were another great base for the tomato, spinach, and olive combo.  I just started scrambling my pastured eggs, and threw in the spinach and tomatoes.  Added the olives at the last minute, then sprinkled with oregano.  No lemon this time around.  This could be breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Both of these took less than ten minutes to throw together.  Notice I didn’t give you any measurements.  That’s because in my real life, day to day, I measure nothing.  Unless I’m baking.  Which is pretty rare.

They are primal, paleo, Whole30, grain free, dairy free, etc…but the most important thing is they taste amazing.  Because life is too short to eat boring food.

Cooking should be fun and inspired.  Blast “24K Magic” and dance around the kitchen!

Can quick meals like these help you feel happy, healthy and hot?  Without a doubt.

You’ll be happy having fun in the kitchen and eating something delicious.  As far as healthy, it doesn’t get much better than fresh produce, herbs that are loaded with antioxidants, healthy fats and high quality protein.  When you’re eating like that, you end up with glowing skin and a gorgeous body…very hot!

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2 thoughts on “I tried a new recipe….

  1. I’ve been craving Mediterranean flavours, particularly tomatoes as well. I’ve been trying to use lots of fresh herbs, spices, citrus, garlic etc. as they are so good for you and taste amazing. I think I am getting a little bored of winter food and trying to pep it up. We’ve had a lot of spicy fish stews in a tomato sauce this week, that greek fish sounds similar and really good too!

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