Turmeric Garlic Fish with Cauliflower

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If you fancy more exotic and a spicier flavor for fish, I highly recommend the combination of turmeric, garlic and ginger. Not only have all these three spices numerous health benefits, but combined together with some lemon or lime juice and olive oil, they create a unique melange of culinary flair that will stimulate your senses and make you aware of every bite you eat. OK, maybe I got a bit poetic about this recipe, but honestly, this became my new favorite way of preparing white fish. And accompanied with cauliflower and broccoli florets, this dish makes a complete nutritious plate for any health-conscious lover of the culinary art.

Ingredients (yields 4 servings):
  • 4 fish filets (grouper, snapper or your favorite white fish)
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1/2″ turmeric root, chopped
  • 1/2″ ginger root, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lime or lemon, squeezed into juice
    1 teaspoon fresh oregano or cilantro, chopped
  • 1 pound fresh or frozen cauliflower and broccoli florets, thawed
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In a large saucepan, combine olive oil, garlic, ginger and turmeric and stir on medium heat until lightly golden.
  2. Add fish fillets, sprinkle salt and pepper and pour lime/lemon juice over them. Fry gently on both sides until golden.
  3. Add cauliflower and broccoli florets into the pan, sprinkle with olive oil and cover pan for few minutes to steam them.
  4. Serve fish on a plate with a side of cauliflower and broccoli. Garnish with chopped oregano or cilantro, as desired. Enjoy!

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Nutritional facts and health benefits of turmeric:

Turmeric contains good amounts of manganese and iron, and small amounts of vitamin B6, potassium, copper and fiber.

Its health benefits are very broad. Turmeric is a potent, yet safe anti-inflammatory. As a powerful antioxidant, turmeric also offers relief for rheumatoid arthritis. It provides an effective treatment for inflammatory bowel disease. It’s used to treat heartburn, stomach pain, diarrhea, intestinal gas, stomach bloating, loss of appetite, jaundice, liver problems and gallbladder disorders. It’s also used to relieve headaches, toothache, treat bronchitis, colds, lung infections, fibromyalgia, leprosy, fever, menstrual problems, and early research suggests maybe even cancer. It can be used in treatments of depression, Alzheimer’s disease, water retention, worms, and kidney problems. Some people apply turmeric to the skin for pain, ringworm, bruising, leech bites, eye infections, inflammatory skin conditions, soreness inside of the mouth, and infected wounds.

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Photo courtesy of Howard Walfish via Flickr

Resources: WebMD,  WH foods

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Author:Katka Konecna-Rivera

Katka Konecna-Rivera, co-founder and host of Living Green with Baby, is an architect focused on sustainable design as well as a filmmaker, writer and personal wellness coach.

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