A few weeks ago, I shared this recipe for Grouper with Fresh Mint and Red Peppers on the blog In Good Taste, by the talented blogger, Maris Callahan. I wrote a guest post for her with a “Healthy Date Night” menu. I made the recipe the other day, and I wanted to share it with you too. For the fish, I used grouper, but feel free to substitute any of your favorite mild, white fish. This recipe is so easy, flavorful, low-fat and healthy. It can be prepared in under 30 minutes and makes a great date night, sunday night or any weeknight main dish.
Here are a few of my Healthy Date Night Tips:
-Shop the perimeter of the store, which means stay to the outside edges. This is where you will find the freshest, healthiest food items.
-Use fresh herbs and spices. When cooking with herbs and spices, fresh are always best. If you’re using dried seasonings, make sure they are the freshest possible. I only use freshly ground pepper.
-Use the freshest ingredients possible. Avoid canned, processed or preserved ingredients.
-Grill, steam, braise, stir-fry or roast foods instead of frying.
-Add more vegetables and legumes (peas, beans and lentils) to your menu.
-When a recipe calls for cream, substitute with Greek yogurt, low-fat yogurt, skim milk or soy milk.
-Don’t automatically salt your food. Taste it first.
-Select lean cuts of beef and pork. If preparing chicken, select skinless.
-Use reduced-sodium soy sauce and tomatoes.
-Use nonstick spray or olive or canola oil instead of butter or margarine.
-If you’re serving cheese as an appetizer or in recipes, select lower-fat options.
-If you’re serving warmed bread, choose whole grain.
-Serve wine but drink in moderation.
-Make the meal a special occasion. Set the table and create a relaxing ambiance to enjoy your food.
-Eat slowly and savor every bite.
-Laugh, talk and have fun. The more you talk, the slower you will eat and enjoy the meal.
Grouper with Fresh Mint and Red Peppers
1/2 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
2 tablespoons finely chopped purple onion
4 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint, divided
6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons canola and olive oil, divided
4 (6-ounce) grouper or cod fillets
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1. Stir together bell pepper, onion, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint, 3 tablespoon lemon juice, Dijon and 1 tablespoon oil in a small bowl. Set aside.
2. Season both sides of fish with remaining chopped fresh mint, salt and pepper. Drizzle with remaining lemon juice.
3. Heat remaining olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-heat. Cook 4 to 6 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Serve with Mint-Red Pepper Topping.