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Whole Roasted Yellowtail Snapper with Tomatoes and Olives

roasted yellowfin with tomatoes and olives_wholeWhy roast a whole fish?

Roasting a whole fish is easy, practical and delicious.  The first time I ate a roasted whole fish was in a fancy restaurant.  It was the moistest fish I had ever eaten, and I soon discovered that it was incredibly easy to do at home.

Find a fresh, whole fish at a trusted market and ask for the fish gutted and any sharp fins removed.  Then it’s basically a matter of throwing a few ingredients in a roasting pan that will create a tasty sauce while the fish roasts.  So easy, and you’ll get more for your money, as much of the fish is lost if it’s cut into filets.

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Roasted Yellowtail Snapper with Tomatoes and Olives
Total Prep Time: 25 minutes
Active Time: 20 minutes
Serves:  4-6

2 lbs whole yellow fin snapper, fins removed and gutted (if you prefer, have the fish fileted, which will be a little over 1 lb of filets)
1 large tomato, diced
½ cup green olives, chopped
¼ cup minced fresh parsley
2 teaspoons minced garlic
Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), sea salt and fresh black pepper


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees
  2. Drizzle a little EVOO in the bottom of a glass 13 x 9 inch pan or roasting pan.  Place the whole fish or fish filets in the dish.
  3. Sprinkle the fish with some salt and pepper.  If using whole fish, be liberal with the salt – [...]

Sesame Ginger Shrimp and Soba Noodles Stir Fry

Shrimp and Soba Noodle Stir Fry

There are a few meals that I could be happy eating nearly every day.  This stir-fry is one of them.  Light, slightly salty and slightly sweet, and full of whatever vegetables you have on hand, it’s balanced in every sense.  By all means adapt it to the veggies or proteins in your fridge or freezer.

Cooking in a traditional wok actually makes life easier because the wok’s larger surface area can accommodate all of the ingredients at once, and therefore results in faster cooking.  Added bonus: cast-iron woks infuse a little health-beneficial iron into your food.  And they’re very affordable relative to pricey stainless steal or ceramic cookware.  Get a good wok here.

Sesame Ginger Shrimp and Soba Noodle Stir-Fry
From Eat Happy Meal Plan
Total Prep Time: 35 minutes
Active Time: 30 minutes
Serves:  4

1 lb shrimp, raw and deveined (sub any protein – tofu, chicken, etc)
½ head savoy or napa cabbage
1 cup frozen corn
1 cup frozen peas
3 scallions, thinly sliced
8-10 ounce package soba noodles (I like 100% buckwheat noodles that are gluten free)

2 tablespoons sesame oil
1/4 cup soy sauce or sub coconut aminos
2 tablespoons honey, raw and local are best
3 tsp minced garlic, from about 3 cloves
1 2-inch piece fresh ginger, grated, can substitute 1 tsp dried ginger
2 tsp cornstarch
1 tsp hot sauce or sri racha, optional
Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), sea salt, black pepper, crushed red pepper


  1. Mix all of the sauce ingredients [...]