Friday, July 22, 2011

Parmesan Lima Beans and Grilled Cod

Even though I crave lighter foods during the summer, I still want to eat something that makes me feel content.. If I don't, I'll just end up snacking on rubbish later!

This dish is simple, clean and elegant. You can literally make it in minutes!

1/2 pound lima beans (preferably fresh)
4 cod fillets
2 tablespoons parm cheese
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 small shallot finely sliced
1/2 small leek finely sliced
2 cloves garlic smashed
1/4 cup white wine or chicken stock
1/2 lemon squeezed

If you're using fresh beans take them from their pod and blanch them until they're almost cooked. If you're using frozen beans thaw them and pat dry.
Heat extra virgin olive oil in a skillet and add shallots and leeks. Cook on low heat until their tender and softens. Add the garlic and cook a couple minutes longer. Add the beans and wine or chicken stock. Let it reduce. Once it's thickened, add the parm cheese and cook until it's well combined. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve promptly.

Drizzle extra virgin olive oil on the fish and rub well with salt, pepper and smashed garlic. Drizzle with lemon juice and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Place on a grill and cook for about 4 minutes on each side or to your desired level of doneness. Serve on a bed of lima beans and some charred tomatoes.

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