I’ll admit it…
…many evenings, my meals are not Instagram worthy. (But if you want to see my meals that are, be sure to follow me here!) When my schedule gets tight (hello, midterm week), I tend to rely on my same-old-same-old veggies and proteins, spruced up with my Paleo Flavor Hacks.
But when I take the time to pull myself out of the dinnertime rut, I find nothing is more therapeutic that chopping vegetables, combining herbs and carefully seasoning a glorious piece of fish or meat. This recipe is impressively beautiful, impressively delicious, and impressively nourishing.
- 2 tablespoons ghee, available here
- 3 large shallots
- 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped (fresh or jarred for easier prep)
- 2 stalks lemongrass (or 3-4 small), chopped
- 3 packed tablespoons fresh minced ginger
- 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
- Zest of 2 limes
- 3 cups chicken bone stock, recommended brand available here
- 1 can coconut milk, recommended brand available here
- ½ teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
- Pinch ground ginger
- 4 tablespoons chopped cilantro stalk
- 1 tablespoon raw honey, recommended brand available here
- Juice of 3 to 4 limes (or to taste)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 large sweet potatoes, thoroughly washed, cut into 1-inch rounds
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons raw honey
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 10 heads of baby bok choy, cored and sliced in half
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted, recommended brand available here
- 2 tablespoons minced ginger
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 6-ounce filets
- Salt, pepper, and cayenne to season
- Chopped cilantro, to serve, optionally
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line two baking sheets with aluminum foil.
- For the broth, in a large sauté pan over medium heat, melt the butter and sauté the shallots to caramelize slightly, 4 minutes. Add the garlic, lemongrass, fresh ginger, turmeric, and lime zest and sweat 2 minutes. Pour in the bone stock and coconut milk and stir. Add in the spices, cilantro stems, and honey. Bring the sauce to a boil and reduce the heat. Simmer and let reduce, slightly, 30 minutes. Add the lime juice and season with salt and pepper.
- Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve and keep warm.
- For the sweet potatoes, place them in a medium saucepan with the butter, honey, and salt. Pour in enough water to just cover the potatoes and bring to a boil over high heat and then reduce and simmer, 30 minutes, until the potatoes are tender and most of the liquid has absorbed.
- Meanwhile, coat the bok choy with the melted oil, ginger, and salt. Place on a baking sheet and roast in oven, 5 to 6 minutes. Place the baking sheet directly in the refrigerator to cool quickly so they retain their bright green color.
- For the cod, when almost ready to serve, season the cod on both sides with salt, pepper, and a small pinch of cayenne if desired. Place a skillet with the ghee over high heat until the ghee is just smoking. Working in batches, place the fish in the skillet and sear until golden brown, 2 minutes. Turn and sear on other side, 30 seconds. Place the fish on baking tray and continue to cook in oven, 6 to 7 minutes.
- To serve, divide the cod, sweet potatoes, and bok choy between 4 bowls. Pour the broth over the cod, garnish with chopped cilantro.
How to get the ingredients 25-50% off
In the recipe above, I’ve linked some of the ingredients that I buy at wholesale prices at Thrive Market. (This is not a paid post, Thrive offered to share a recipe with you and I loved the recipe. The links to the ingredients are referral links, which allow you to get my 15% off deal which I discuss below).
In a nutshell, Thrive Market is like an online real food Costco combined with Amazon Prime. It offers the best brands for healthy living at wholesale prices… with free shipping, to boot!
Here are the highlights:
- I save a ton of money, since their prices are 25–50% off retail.
- Unlike wholesale stores like Costco, I don’t need to buy in bulk to get the wholesale prices (a plus for me, since I’m a student with limited food storage space).
- I know I am getting the best brand for each product – Thrive doesn’t carry 12 brands of almond butter, they only carry the two brands that meet the highest standards of ingredient sourcing.
- Free shipping over $50. Enough said.
- I reduce my driving and errands, which means I save on gas money and shopping time!
How does Thrive work?
It’s very similar to Costco – you pay a yearly membership fee to get the wholesale prices. You save so much that you’ll likely make back your membership fee in just one or two orders… I did! You will also get a 30-day free trial period to ensure that Thrive is a good fit for you, before you commit.
I’m excited to be working with Thrive to offer 15% your first order when you click through my referral link here.
Don’t know where to start shopping on Thrive? I’ve also shared the pantry staples that I regularly buy from Thrive in my blog post here.