Super Salsa and Monkfish Recipe

It’s no secret that in my household my hubby Brett is the chef and I’m the baker.  That translates to Brett being the creative inspiration and chef of the main meals.  Most nights he will effortlessly bang out some sort of healthy but delicious meal that fits our clean living lifestyle.  Where as I, (lover of cake, sweet things and breakfast goodies) enjoy getting my pinny on to experiment and create sugar and gluten free tasty treats that satisfy my sweet tooth without compromising my passion for health and wellbeing.

Just recently  however, I’ve been branching out and getting getting inspired to create some of our evening meals.  Last Saturday night I had a bit of a ‘lightbulb moment’ for a dinner creation that I wanted to create and thought might tantalize the tastebuds whilst nourishing the body. Enter stage left my ‘Baked Bacon Wrapped Monkfish” served with just about the tastiest super salsa I’ve ever had (but then I guess I’m biased).

I’ve been trying to increase the amount of raw foods in my diet recently and salsas are a great way to do this and also pretty versatile as you can use them in lots of ways and vary the ingredients to match the main dish.

This meal got a big thumbs up from Brett so I’m sharing it with you. It’s quick and easy to make (hey even I managed to make it without burning anything or having a kitchen disaster), plus won’t compromise your clean eating goals.  Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Baked Bacon Wrapped Monkfish and Super Salsa

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Ingredients

For the Baked Monkfish

  • 1 fillet of monkfish (approx 200grms – I just asked for 1 portion at the fish counter), chopped into serving sized portions
  • 2 rashers of free range streaky bacon per portion

For the Salsa

  •  1 nectarine 
  • Small handful of chopped fresh coriander leaves
  • 8 cherry tomatoes
  • 3 spring onions
  • Quarter of cup of dried cranberries
  • Half a large avocado
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 dessert spoon of maple syrup (optional)

Method

  1. Start by making the salsa which is easy peasy.  Simply chop up the nectarine, cherry tomato, and avocado into small cubes (roughly about half cm pieces but depends on how chunky you like your salsa).
  2.  Then finely chop the spring onions, make sure you include some of the green stalk.
  3. Mix all the chopped ingredients and add the chopped fresh coriander and dried cranberries.
  4. Add the lemon juice and maple syrup and mix so it coats all the ingredients (the lemon juice will also stop the avocado going brown so important it gets a good coating.   Finish with a few twists of black pepper and set to one side.
  5. Season, then pan fry the monkfish portions in a little butter for 2 mins per side.
  6. Remove from the heat and wrap the bacon around the monkfish portions.
  7. Pan fry the bacon wrapped fillets for a further 2 mins each side.
  8. Place the fillets in a pre-heated oven (180 degrees) for 5-6 mins.
  9. Remove from the oven and rest for 3 mins, before plating up with the salsa and broccoli or a side salad of your choice.

So there you have it – voila – another quick, easy, nutritious meal for you to try.  The salsa is a winner I tell you and I could easily eat it on it’s own or with some crackers.  Bon appetite.

3 thoughts on “Super Salsa and Monkfish Recipe

  1. Hello,

    First of all, I love your website and what you stand for.
    We are trying to switch our food to the clean eating ideas – it’s a slow change as it is winter here and not a lot of veggies are in season. Plus we have two young kids age 1 and nearly 3. Now there is my biggest challenge. They basically eat what we eat and bread and pasta are favorites with them.

    As mum I was wondering how your kids eat. Are the happily eating what you guys eat or do you cook separately for them?

    I hope you can give me some ideas.
    Thanks lots.
    Eline

  2. Hi Eline – thanks heaps for your kind words re this website – so pleased you like it. Ok so your question re the kids eating. mine and 2 and 5 and I have to admit it’s a struggle to get them to eat as healthy as we do. I call it a work in progress. Here is how I approach it – I try to bake them treats that are sugar free but they like – such as banana muffins or cookie recipes like the ones on this blog. We avoid grains but the boys just love them so I try to get as much variety as possible and make sure everything is whole grain as as processed free as possible. My oldest is very routine driven and set in his ways and reluctant to try new things so we reward him for trying new stuff as that seems to work (by reward him he gets a marble in his jar and when the jar is full he gets a small toy). We also have found little tricks like something we call chocolate mousse which is actually greek yoghurt with raw cacao and a little pure maple syrup. If the boys have a sandwich I use coconut oil instead of spread or butter. I also get them involved in baking. My next plan is to get a veggie patch that they get involved with too. It’s basically an onward struggle to get them eating as much healthy variety as possible but I try not to fixate on it too much and keep making it seem the norm to choose healthy stuff so they don’t even think about it.

    • Cheers for your reply. It’s kinda good to know it is a struggle with other mums too 😉
      We banned sugary treats from the start so they are used to dried apricots, raisins and frozen berries for treats.
      It’s great though to have some alternatives to cakes and muffins for them.
      Since writing you the email I changed dinner to lunch and we eat soup and salads for dinner. And to my surprise the kids love eating broccoli and carrots during lunch time! I am trying them on new veggies and almon butter but that process will take some time. On the mean time we fill up on frozen blue berries and raspberries.
      Thanks for the new ideas on how to approach this and ideas for healthy replacements of butter and bread and pastas.
      Thanks again and I’ll give you an update in a month or two.
      Eline

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