Listen up, you lovely lot – I have some excellent news. Yep, you guessed it: it’s food-related.
I have a recipe for you that sounds really fancy, looks really fancy and tastes even fancier. You can fool your friends into thinking you’re of Masterchef stock, or your other half into thinking you’re an over-achiever in the domestic department.
But, of course, it’s me, so this’ll actually take you 25 minutes to throw together. Max.
Make this for your next dinner ‘do, thank me later.
This recipe feeds 4, but you can easily half, quarter, double the recipe as you please depending on your guest list (or lack thereof. Nothing wrong with treating yo’ self to a fancy dinner, just because).
If you’re flying solo, I thoroughly recommend you make enough pea purèe to feed 4 or more anyway. It keeps well in the fridge for a good few days, so you get to have leftover posh peas with your lunch and dinner for the week!
I can’t be the only one who gets a kick out of making boring vegetables taste snazzy… right? Guys??
A serving of this fishy feast complete with ritzy veg. comes in at well under 300 calories. And I know you know what that means…
Plenty of room for pudding.
Pancetta-wrapped Cod with Minted Pea Purée
- 4 cod fillets
- 8 slices smoked pancetta
- 1/2 lemon, sliced
- fresh thyme sprigs
- dash lemon juice
- 450 g frozen peas, thawed
- 50 g 0% fat Greek yogurt
- dash lemon juice
- handful fresh mint, chopped (plus extra for garnish)
Pre-heat your oven to 200C.
Season your fish well with salt and pepper before wrapping each fillet nice and tightly with two slices of pancetta.
Spread the sliced lemon across the bottom of an oven-proof dish, throw on a couple of springs of fresh thyme and gently lay your wrapped cod on top.
Top with extra black pepper, a squeeze of lemon juice and an extra sprig of thyme, then bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes depending on the thickness of your fish. You want it to be white all the way through.
Whilst your fish is cooking, pop your peas into a blender / food processor along with the yogurt, mint and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper before blending until relatively smooth.
Decant into a saucepan and heat through on the hob. Keep it warm until your fish is done and you're ready to serve.
Garnish with extra mint and extra lemon (optional).
Nutritional Information per serving:
Calories: 265 / Protein: 40g / Carbohydrate: 11g / Fat: 7g