It's been a rainy weekend here in South Florida as we await Tropical Storm Isaac. We definitely had a lazy day in my house which I thoroughly enjoyed after the rush of the first week back to school! I don't know if it's the cool, wet weather or the feeling that fall is at our doorsteps, but comfort food seemed to be in order tonight for Sunday Dinner. I've had a week full of cooking heavier, meaty dishes - rabbit, beef bacon, turkey and lamb - so the only thing I plan to eat for awhile is seafood and vegetarian meals. Ever since talking to a good friend of mind about the fish stew she prepared last week, it's been on my mind. I love a good fish stew and lean towards those prepared Spanish-style with a tomato base, so I took elements from various stews I've had or wanted to try and made my own version. What I liked about it was that even though it filled us up and packed a ton of flavor, it wasn't a heavy dish at all. I rarely eat soups or stews in the summer, so this was a treat. I purchased cod, shrimp and scallops as those were the best deals at the seafood counter today. You can substitute any meaty white fish or even salmon. If fresh seafood isn't an option, thawing a bag of frozen mixed seafood can be economical. Our grocery stores here sell $5 bags of shrimp, mussels, squid and scallops that would work perfect in any fish stew. To finish off this zesty, healthy Sunday Dinner, my son helped me make sweet potato biscuits, coconut brown rice and sauteed zucchini. Dinner came together nicely and definitely brought us some comfort on this rainy summer evening. For all of my readers in Isaac's path, be safe out there tonight and in the coming days!
2 lbs mixed seafood:
-1 lb cod
-1/2 lb shrimp, deveined & shells reserved
-1/2 lb scallops
2 onions, sliced
8 cloves garlic, minced
2" piece fresh ginger, minced
1 red bell pepper, cored & seeds removed
1 green bell pepper, cored & seeds removed
1 large jalapeno pepper, sliced
2 tsp smoked paprika
2 tsp coriander
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 can chopped tomatoes
8 oz. natural clam juice
2 c. organic chicken broth
1 c. dry white wine
Juice of 2 lemons, zest of 1 lemon
Fresh cilantro, finely chopped
Fresh parsley, finely chopped
2 tbsp coconut oil
Servings: 6 - 8
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 60 min
Equipment Needed: Large pot or dutch oven
The best way to cook a flavorful stew is by building flavors slowly and allowing the broth plenty of time to simmer. I started this one by cooking sliced onions in coconut oil over medium heat. You want these to get soft and translucent as they start to brown, approximately 10 minutes.
While the onions cooked, I prepped my remaining veggies. The minced garlic and ginger can be added to the onions and cooked a few more minutes until fragrant.
Add the peppers and jalapeno to the pot and continue to cook until peppers are crisp tender, 3 - 4 minutes.
Season with coriander, smoked paprika, cumin, salt and pepper.
Add the clam juice, chicken broth, and tomatoes. Stir to incorporate the seasoning into the broth, scraping up any browned bits of garlic and ginger at the bottom of the pot.
Add some chopped cilantro and parsley. Reduce heat to low and simmer at least 30 minutes. If you are making the stew ahead of time, now is a good time to stop. The seafood should not be added until just before serving, so the broth can be reheated when you are ready to finish the stew.
Chop up the fish into bite size chunks. Add to a bowl with the scallops and peeled shrimp. Squeeze one of the lemons over the fish and season with a good pinch of coriander, cumin, cilantro and parsley. Toss lightly and set aside.
I almost always buy shrimp with the shells still on because it saves me a couple dollars per pound. Another great thing about that is the shells add a ton of shrimp flavor to your broth. After rinsing them off, place them into a small sieve, and then dip the sieve into your broth so that the shells cook in the liquid. Simmer for a few minutes until the shells are pink, then remove the sieve and discard the shrimp shells.
Increase heat to medium low. Finish the broth by adding the white wine as well as the juice and zest from the remaining lemon. Allow to simmer for a couple minutes. Now is an excellent time to pour yourself a glass of wine if you haven't already! The seafood should now be added by order of what takes longest to cook. In my case, I added the cod fish and allowed that to cook until the fish was opaque, about 5 minutes. Next I added the shrimp and scallops and cooked another 3 - 4 minutes until the shrimp was pink. I seasoned to taste with just a pinch of salt. Turn off the heat, toss in some extra parsley and cilantro, and serve immediately!
The great thing about stews is the ability to finish some simple side dishes while the main dish cooks. I let my son help make a pot of my Coconut Brown Rice, and we also made some delicious sweet potato biscuits using baked organic sweet potatoes. I veganized this biscuit recipe by substituting coconut milk and shortening for the buttermilk and butter. We also added a touch of cinnamon. They were subtly sweet, tender and Jaden devoured them, so I'm going to continue to work on the vegan version to post for The Kitchenista Diaries soon!
At the last minute I decided we needed some green veggies on our plate so I let my son choose. He asked for sauteed zucchini, which was a great addition to the menu. So about 10 minutes before dinner was ready, I quickly sauteed some sliced zucchini in coconut oil, adding lemon juice, cilantro, parsley, sea salt & pepper.geo lace dress fuel storage pathways in body astronomy shop coffee mugs for men trending shoes for girls astronomy website m star astronomy mb fashion astrology symbols meaning data science lifestyle lyrics vine definition of community grounds popular meme indonesia 2018 full coffee game science coffee meme wednesday haircut idea italian hair color trends lifestyle in uk constellations brands fictional star systems all trend australia orange circle coffee coffee meaning in english even monsters need haircuts trending news today plate boundary the purple bean scientific method for research blush a-line dress size 4 bank haircut the scientific way coldish outfits a lifestyle change week fashion 55 dollars shorts gray dress mid length hair cuts for women science isn't about why lifestyle keto haircut tool science buddies expo ideas most science definitions hair salon we work coffee online trends news lifestyle huge stars background schoodacs coffee graduation dresses fashion coffee cake muffin recipe trend list iran astronomy astronomy image dress charlotte astrology chart app outfit ideas pinterest trend show before and after coffee images science diet recall list texting projects core astronomy kind lifestyle what is in in fashion wife haircut system trends april astronomy astrology chart symbols new trends more coffee when can you see andromeda constellation hairstyles for medium hair girls live lifestyle new best cut salon north carolina has top coffee scene trend all 2013 science olympiad test exchange stars and stripes forever quilt pattern photos astronomy coffee film new trends it trends women fashion and new how to pick a good outfit fashion home trending on netflix 2017 hairstyles for medium hair easy lifestyle book solar astronomy stars classroom science electricity fair projects for 5th grade science museum of mn coffee table plans 2 fashion trending topics on youtube 2019 coffee wake forest coffee cup coffee then and now trending songs family dynamics haircut fun now just fashion just haircut lifestyles unlimited expo 2017 very science outfit ideas for school healthy food science fair projects for middle school what is the trend coffee family jr haircut cute outfits for summer the plaza salon orange ca d's lifestyle s stores clothing haircuts near me for women new in science hairstyles for medium hair curly lifestyle water fashion's first kopal clothing sale order of steps in the scientific method line haircut mars related names coffee 17 london hair trends snow night time astronomy album free fashion haircut bar more than just coffee lifestyle star big dipper nashville tn me trend trending hashtags today twitter family values coffee maker walmart beach drinks lifestyle photographer top trends rss astronomy glycolysis steps softness meme hair design in live oak area trends food lifestyle money outline of the scientific method coffee 30 coffee cake bundt hair salon grove ok man science urban lifestyle history of astronomy pdf lifestyles unlimited expo 2018 lifestyle photography agency telegraph weekend lifestyle stock full science mp3 haircut not in fashion most perfect outfit a life science fashion no no's haircut eagle i am doing science what are the resulting characteristics of science as a method of inquiry due to the reliance on the process astronomy sales im lifestyle if and coffee game of fashion design process and scientific methods for kids haircut video pm science lifestyle christianity university review