April 21, 2010
By well-rounded I mean bacon + fish, of course! Now, don’t get me wrong: bacon makes everything better. But I can’t say that it makes a cheeseburger, for example, well rounded. Nope. That wouldn’t fly. (As hard as I might try.) But just a little bit of bacon paired with healthy, fresh fish? Now that’s balance, right there. And it goes to show that eating well isn’t about eating lettuce and twigs (isn’t that approximately how Jamie Oliver put it on a recent episode of Food Revolution?!). Rather, it’s about eating whole, natural foods, and enjoying the fattier foods in moderation.
Bacon is a tricky one, though. Have you seen Food Inc.*? Well, let’s just say that I’m determined to eat only meat that’s been raised naturally and humanely. But, you know, I live in NYC with access to purveyors like Dickson’s, so it’s easy for me. If it’s not possible for you to find locally, sustainably made bacon, at least try for all-natural bacon made without nitrates.
This recipe is so simple that you can barely call it a recipe. You wrap a strip or two of bacon around a fillet that’s been seasoned with salt and pepper and broil. That’s. It. Served with a side salad and in-season asparagus, and you’ve got a well rounded meal—that features bacon and is even great for entertaining—in 30 minutes.
* One quick thing before getting to the recipe. I just have to say that if you have not seen Food Inc., YOU MUST. (Please!) And, lucky for you, PBS is airing the movie tonight. That’s right. You can watch for free, from home, TONIGHT! I was not asked to plug the movie, I just think it’s incredibly important and want to do my part to spread the word.
Bacon Wrapped Cod
(can be served to kids 10+ mos)*
4 6-oz fillets of cod
salt and pepper
bacon, amt will depend on how your bacon is cut, assume 2 strips per fillet
1. Clean fish fillets and dry thoroughly. Season with salt and pepper.
2. Wrap each fillet with bacon. You want to cover the fillet, slightly overlapping each strip. Keep all of the seams on one side and place the fish seam side down on a broiler safe baking sheet. Broil until bacon is crisp and fish opaque.
*Note: I didn’t introduce bacon until just recently and my boy’s 3 1/2. He’s only eaten it 2 or 3 times. It’s not an issue of allergies or safety, but rather one of health. Bacon doesn’t have much, okay any, nutritional value, so why feed it to our little ones as a matter of course? If you agree, just give your little ones the fish. Save their bacon for yourself. (There goes well-balanced!)