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Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is NOT safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

Lactose
This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

Sodium
This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
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Gluten Sensitivity
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"When you fish for love, bait with your heart, not your brain.
-Mark Twain, Author

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This is a fantastic way to cook fish. It is traditionally baked in parchment paper but for most folks the foil is more practical. You can use almost any combination of fish filet, vegetables, liquid and herb or spice along with the olive oil.

Because it is so simple you can serve it as an easy weeknight meal as well as an elegant weekend dinner party dish. If you are going to serve it at your dinner party, it's better to use the parchment although the foil works great on an outdoor grill. You can prepare the foil pouches up to about 4 hours in advance and the parchment 2 hours before cooking.

Sweet Basil

There is no substitute for fresh basil. Dried basil has a completely different flavor and using it in recipes is something I rarely do.

The fresh basil you will find in the market is most likely Sweet Basil. The soft green leaves bruise easily and then turn black. Because of this fresh basil doesn't keep very well.

To keep the leaves fresh, rinse gently and then wrap them in a damp paper towel. Place the bundle inside a plastic bag before putting them in the fridge. You can also put them in a glass of water stem side down like a bunch of flowers in a vase.

5 leaves fresh basil = <1 calorie, <1g fat, 0g sat fat, 0g mono fat, <1g protein, <1g carbohydrates, <1mg sodium, 0mg cholesterol


 

Whitefish in Foil with Vegetables and Tomato Sauce



Servings = 2 | Serving size =4 ounces fish with beans and vegetables

Cooking Time = 30 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.

This recipe can be divisible by 2.

This recipe does not keep well.

4 spears asparagus
1 15 ounce can no salt added white beans (drained and rinsed)
2 4 ounce halibut filets
1 small carrot (cut matchstick)
1/4 small green bell pepper (cut matchstick)
1/4 small red bell pepper (cut matchstick)
4 medium crimini mushrooms (sliced)
4 large basil leaves
4 tsp tomato paste
1/4 cup dry white wine
4 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp salt
fresh ground black pepper (to taste)
2 sheets aluminum foil

Slice the asparagus lengthwise and then cut the spears into quarters (each spear will end up with eight pieces).

Preheat the oven to 400F.

Fold the foil so that it is almost a square (15 inches x 12 inches). Starting at one end of the folded edge, cut a half of a heart shape in such a way that when the parchment is opened it is in the shape of a heart.

Place half of the beans on each parchment paper.

Rinse the halibut filets in cold water and pat dry. Put filets on top of the beans. Center the filets on one side of the cut heart so that the other side will fold over the top of the filets easily.

Sprinkle 1/8 tsp. of the salt over each of the pairs of sole filets. Add fresh pepper to taste.

Scatter the carrots, red and green peppers, sliced mushrooms and asparagus over the fish evenly.

Mix together the tomato paste and wine. Pour the mixture over the filets. Drizzle the top of the filets with the olive oil.

Close the foil paper by rolling the edge inward, starting at the point of the heart and working around to the base of the heart. The foil pouch with the fish inside will be in the shape of a large half circle.

Place the pouches on a cookie sheet and then into the oven. Reduce the heat to 375F and cook for 15 minutes.

Remove each pouch to a plate and let stand 30 seconds before cutting the pouch open. There will be some hot steam that escapes when the parchment is cut (be careful!).

Nutrition Facts

Serving size = 4 ounces fish with beans and vegetables

Servings = 2

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Amount Per Serving

Calories 430 Calories from Fat 133
  % Daily Value
Total Fat 15g 19%
    Saturated Fat 2g 7%
    Monounsaturated Fat 3g  
    Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Sodium 388mg 18%
Total Carbohydrates 40g 12%
    Dietary Fiber 12g 39%
    Sugars 4g  
Protein 38g  
Vitamin A 108% Vitamin C 63%
Calcium 15% Iron 29%
Vitamin K 47 mcg Potassium 1552 mg
Magnesium 1920 mg