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This fish casserole is so simple to make and will be ready in no time, it’s great for a mid-week dinner on those dark winter’s nights! Most of all it’s full of goodness and heaps of flavour. You can’t go wrong!
One of my favourite ways of cooking is definitely one pot meals, they’re perfect for this time of year and you can add lots of ingredients making them really tasty!
Dean and I had been brainstorming ideas on what to have for dinner and decided we wanted something fresh, healthy but also warming. We had a busy weekend which involved LOTS of eating (of course it did! 😊), which is nothing new there.
The fish casserole was Dean’s idea to which I just kept adding ingredients. Having this for dinner made us feel a little bit better after our weekend of wine, cocktails, chocolate, macarons, oh… and a massive Chinese banquet!
We’d been to a great restaurant called Chung Ying Central in Birmingham and ordered 3 different starters to share, which were delicious! We had chicken yuk sung (my all time favourite), prawn spring rolls and pork char sui steamed buns which were to die for – although I’m not sure we should have eaten the rice paper on the bottom, ooops! 😂
We also had two amazing mains, Thai style sea bass and roasted duck with noodles. Dean said “What about rice?!”. Thankfully I managed to put him off and good job to as we had way too much food and pretty much had to roll back to the hotel!
The next morning we skipped breakfast and headed out to do some shopping. We stopped for a coffee break and we went to a French patisserie chain called PAUL. They do GIANT macaroons which are just amazing! Dean ordered a hot chocolate which was pretty much pure chocolate – he said it was incredible but no way was he could drink it all otherwise he’d go into a sugar coma! But then he pretty much polished it off. 😮
Now you can see why we wanted something fresh and healthy for dinner! We do love our weekends and like to treat ourselves but try to stay to a healthy balanced diet in the week.
We both LOVE rice and we used to eat way more of it than we do now. In the last 6 months we have cut down on the carbs and try to have less of them which has helped keeping the weight off and makes me feel less bloated. Don’t get me wrong we will still have them but limit ourselves to a portion no more than three times a week instead of seven!
Couscous has less carbs than the equivalent amount of rice and we both really enjoy it so it’s a good alternative. We went for a fresh and vibrant couscous by adding lemon and parsley. It works really well with the fish giving it a bit of a citrus flavour. For an even healthier alternative to couscous try making cauliflower couscous – it’s so easy and can carry a lot of flavour. We paired it with monkfish in this one pot stew.
Tip – You can add any kind of fish, but I would go for a fish slightly firmer like haddock, cod or monkfish. If you wanted to add two types of fish and leave the prawns out then go for it, make it your own and experiment – that’s the joy of cooking! Next time I might add some big, juicy scallops.