January 11th, 2010

New Year's Resolutions Suck, But I'm Still Going to Eat More Fish in 2010 (Cod With Leeks, Tomatoes & Olives)

cod leeks tomatoe olives

Between not posting regularly during the holidays and focusing last week on the “best of” ChowMama, there’s a lot I haven’t had a chance to say to you all. Okay. Not a lot. Just one big (ass) thing: I’m tired. So, so tired.

My adorable, sweet, smiling baby still isn’t sleeping during the day. He’s often (not always, though) happy sitting in his swing, mellowing out, but somehow it’s still exhausting. I feel like I rush through everything and don’t have a moment to savor my cooking, my writing, the silence… anything. For me, this kind of exhaustion has a domino effect. I’m not just tired from the legitimately tiring new baby stuff like lack of sleep, now I’m tired of EVERYTHING. Of wearing maternity jeans (I know it’s only been 2 1/2 months, but still!), of my back aching from breast feeding, my skin breaking out because I don’t get enough rest, of not being ready to give you a big update I’ve been working on… you name it.

So what’s a tired girl to do? Well, first, complain. (See above.) Then take matters into her own hands. I may not be able to control how much sleep I can get or whether my littlest ChowBaby naps, but I can start working on feeling better physically. I know this is going to sound a lot like new year’s resolutions (*yawn*), but I swear it’s just a coincidence of timing. See, I don’t like new year’s resolutions. They never work (for me). Plain and simple. Let’s say these efforts are about approaching the three-month postpartum mark. That’s a milestone, right?

So what’s my plan?

  • I’m going to start making time to hit the gym.
  • I’m going to cook (and eat) more vegetarian meals.
  • I’m going to cook (and eat) fish once a week.
  • I’m going to be better about treating myself—and my body—to something nice (pedicure, massage) at least every other week.

So predictable. I know. And, I bet you’re suspicious about the whole, “these aren’t resolutions” thing. But THEY’RE NOT because these changes will happen. I will deliver on these promises to myself. (Right?)

I started last week and was totally successful at cooking one fish and more vegetarian meals. They gym… well I’m likely to get a slow start on that one. And I still have this week to treat my body to something nice. I’m thinking a spa pedicure. Ahhhh.

This is the fish dish I made last week. It’s DELICIOUS and incredibly fast and low maintenance. I used low mercury Pacific Cod (specifically from Alaska, which is the best Pacific choice). It is available frozen at Trader Joe’s. Try to avoid other Cods, especially from the Atlantic (with the exception of Cod from Iceland), as they are in danger. See here for alternatives if you can’t get your hands on Pacific or Icelandic Cod.

Cod with Leeks, Tomatoes & Olives, barely adapted from Martha Stewart
(can be adapted for kids 8+ mos)

3 organic leeks, white & light green parts only, cleaned & thinly sliced
juice of 1 organic lemon
1 tsp freshly grated zest
1 tbsp organic olive oil
1/4 c white wine (optional)*
3 sprigs organic thyme
salt and pepper
6 organic plum tomatoes (or 2 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes)*
2 handfuls of organic pitted kalamata olives
4 cod fillets, 6-8 oz and about 1″ thick each

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a 9-by-13-inch baking dish, toss together leeks, lemon juice, zest, oil, wine, thyme, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cover with foil and bake until leeks just begin to soften, 8 to 10 minutes.

2. Remove baking dish from oven. Add tomatoes and olives, and toss to combine. Season both sides of cod fillets with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; place on top of vegetables.

3. Cover dish and bake until fish is opaque throughout, about 15 to 20 minutes.

Note: Be sure to pick out the tomatoes before serving eaters under 10 mos and the olives for eaters under 12 mos. I’d also skip the wine if feeding little, little ones.

8 Responses

  1. Rosie says:

    My heart went out to you as I read your post. Even though my daughter is just shy of the 2yr mark, I remember those feelings you described above well. The early months of new motherhood suck-it is un-relenting, no bones about it, and I imagine it is especially difficult when there is a chow-toddler afoot and a blog to keep afloat as well. I for one, loved the “best of” posts because I didn’t get turned onto your website until mid-year so it was a chance for me to catch up on what I missed. So thank you! As for your recipe, it is very similar to one that I got from Simply Recipes except I use green olives in lieu of kalamata olives and oranges and orange zest instead of the lemon. My version is delicoius and yours sounds just as wonderful. Good luck and keep up the good work!

  2. rebecca says:

    First of all, this recipe looks delish and seems so simple! I have only one fish recipe that i really LOVE and have been wanting to expand my fish repertoire as my chow-chica loves fish! Will try this out soon.

    P.S. Note to self: adopt “non-resolution” number four!!!

  3. stacie says:

    thanks for the note! for what it’s worth, the second time is SO MUCH easier. shockingly so. but that doesn’t mean it isn’t hard. for the most part, this time around i’ve been spared those feelings of despair, those “what have i done” feelings that i had the first time. i’m a mom now. i wasn’t when i had my first baby. and that make a huge difference. but even so, when you aren’t getting enough sleep and you spend your day going between feeding and trying to get the baby to go to sleep, it all comes creeping back: the fantasies of being single and free, being THIN, being someone whose boobs are, well, sexy again. LOL. my life as i love it will all come back again, this time i know that, the same way that i know that every day of raising my new baby will be more and more satisfying.

    so, back to eating better, working out and taking care of myself i will go. slowly. (we had fish again last night… that recipe coming soon!)

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  5. Kate says:

    Stacie, not sure if you count clams as “fish” for the sake of resolutions, but sometimes tired Moms (even chow-fabulous ones) need a quick meal: 1 box trader joes frozen clams (already in a nice light garlic sauce – prepare as on box) + 1/2 box of whole wheat spaghetti (cook per instructions and then dump drained pasta in pan with clams) = linguine with clam sauce in 8 minutes. (I added a little chopped parsley for some color and to make it look like I really worked on that dinner).

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