Fishy food for fertilityOctober 1, 2010
I was so excited to get my knife set in the mail from CSN stores this week. If you need anything, from a new bag to a bar stool to a baby crib, check ‘em out. I got my package 3 days after I ordered. Sweet.
Ok, so I’m a little embarrassed. I usually proudly display my meals and recipes…but today I’m a little sheepish. Truth be told, I absolutely suck at cooking fish. Especially nice, beautiful pieces of fish. Either it’s undercooked or overcooked or falling apart or something else unattractive.
But you know what? It always tastes good. So, whatever.
I last posted about seafood in June when I was pregnant but not telling yet. I knew that wild salmon was good for my growing baby. Yet in my first trimester I felt so sick that after one serving of that meal I couldn’t even think about it without gagging. Ha! How’s that for a secret! My own blog post made me want to puke every time I looked at it.
This is one example of why I was super glad my body was stocked and loaded with so many nutrients prior to getting pregnant. It made me feel much, much calmer when I wanted to be eating well for my growing babe but instead could only bring myself to eat a piece of bread due to constant nausea.
Anyway, second trimester is way, way better. And since real food is always superior to a supplement, I decided it was time to try salmon again. Actually how it happened was, I was sitting here editing the ebook for my upcoming course, Building a Baby Ready Body. And I realized, oh crap, I better get some fish for dinner.
After all, seafood is incredibly important for health. From what I’ve read, there’s been no population in the world who survives without some food from the sea. Even tribes living far away from the ocean would go to great lengths to trade with coastal groups for fish.
Most notably, fish is one of the few places we get omega-3 fats. Those are essential for brain health. And I do want my baby boy to have a big, smart brain! Fish is also an important source of iodine, which is important for your thyroid (and proper functioning of hormones, and therefore fertility).
Whole Foods isn’t my first choice for seafood quality, but it’s not the worst. You can check the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s website for up-to-date information. And if you want the best of the best, try ordering from VitalChoice.com. I would have, but I didn’t plan ahead. Off to Whole Foods I went.
I also picked up some of those sweet potatoes with light colored flesh instead of bright orange. I guess I was concerned that my dinner’s colors didn’t clash. Those made for excellent oven fries. And I had a big ol’ salad on the side.
I pan-fried the fish, but I won’t try to give advice about that. As for the oven fries…
Basil Flecked Oven Fries
4 large sweet or white potatoes
4 Tbl. olive oil
1 Tbl. dried basil
1 scant Tbl. salt, or to taste
1 tsp. black pepper, or to taste
1. Preheat oven to 425F. Oil 2 cookie sheets.
2. Scrub potatoes but do not peel. Cut into french fry shaped pieces. Put slices in a large bowl.
3. Add oil, salt, pepper and basil. Mix with your hands to coat evenly.
4. Spread slices on a baking sheet.
5. Bake for 30 minutes, flipping halfway.
I have to say, using my new knives made chopping potatoes a breeze. They’re Victorinox brand, as recommended by America’s Test Kitchen. Why did I wait so long to get decent knives??
So, do you eat a lot of fish? If so, for goodness sake, tell me how I can make mine look better!
This post is part of Fight Back Fridays.