Yep, it's official. For whatever reason, whether it was the extreme cold we had this winter (which I happen to love, but I'm glad it's headed out for a while), or the lack of green currently in our backyard (we've been working on that this last couple weeks - stay tuned!), I am addicted to serving as much green as I can bring to the table lately. And once again, Gourmet had just the ticket:
Roasted Cod with Spring Vegetables and Mint
I made this one last weekend, and it was truly a delight to prepare. I love the variety of veggies, and the mint definitely adds a nice touch.
I was reluctant to even cook it, as I could not stop staring at the greens. I love spring green, and I especially love green veggies. After a winter of few greens (except kale, etc.) this was like a breath of fresh air. I love cooking green vegetables, because (as long as you don't overcook them) they develop such a vibrant, deep green that just lights up the plate. I remember when I finally learned not to overcook broccoli, and what a huge difference it made in my love of that vegetable (and others). This recipe is a good example - you want the veggies tender, but not overdone. So don't set the heat too high, and stir often - check every now and then for doneness. They should look something like this when they're ready:
I served it with those potatoes I keep telling you about, to which I am also addicted. If you haven't tried those yet, run, don't walk!
We all enjoyed this, and the only note I really have is to say that if you prefer spicy foods, this one may not be for you. This recipe is all about nuances - the sweet flavors of the vegetables, fruity olive oil (use a good, extra-virgin one), the buttery flavor of the fish, the brightness of the mint. I added some extra black pepper for a little kick, but black pepper really enhances, rather than adds to, the flavors that are already present. So season as you see fit. Super yummy, and definitely a bite of spring!
Hope you enjoy!
For more wonderful meal ideas, check out Tempt my Tummy Tuesdays over at Blessed with Grace and Right Here Right Now!
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