Capture time in a cup with this enduring fish stew, traditionally loaded with the catch of the day. It's bursting with the pure flavors of cod, haddock, or even pollack, as well as tender potatoes, creamery butter, and robust, salty fatback.
The olive topping on our cod was inspired by tapenade; it includes olives, anchovies, capers, olive oil, and lemon juice. Use a ceramic or glass baking dish; an aluminum dish could react with the acidic lemon juice and discolor the fish.
Steaming fish on a bed of basil gives it a nice flavor without adding calories. If you have a large bamboo steamer or a multilayer steamer, you can multiply the recipe. (The vinaigrette makes enough for four to six servings.) Halibut also works great with this technique; just steam the fish for three minutes before adding the peas.
Eating well is all about making smart choices. Now is the time to balance the richness of holiday fare with satisfying meals that are full of flavor and have less than 500 calories.
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