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Seafood

Barramundi with Tomato, Olive, and White Wine Sauce

This post is sponsored by Australis Barramundi. I am a longtime customer of their fish, and I am thrilled to collaborate with them today. As always, all content and opinions are my own. 

This Barramundi with Tomato, Olive, White Wine Sauce Recipe is so healthy and incredibly flavorful! It's easy enough to throw together for a quick weeknight dinner, but also impressive enough to serve to guests! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

I am SO excited to share this Barramundi with Tomato, Olive, and White Wine Sauce recipe today. This dish was inspired by the flavors we sampled throughout our honeymoon in Greece last month.

This Barramundi with Tomato, Olive, White Wine Sauce Recipe is so healthy and incredibly flavorful! It's easy enough to throw together for a quick weeknight dinner, but also impressive enough to serve to guests! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Many of the ingredients in this recipe are ones you likely have in your fridge and pantry already. I made sure to take advantage of the Santa Monica Farmers Market one last time before we move to NYC and grabbed a pint of cherry tomatoes and bunch of fresh basil for this recipe.

This Barramundi with Tomato, Olive, White Wine Sauce Recipe is so healthy and incredibly flavorful! It's easy enough to throw together for a quick weeknight dinner, but also impressive enough to serve to guests! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

I’ve mentioned my love for the Australis Barramundi before. Travis and I have been buying it from Whole Foods for years and we always have a couple bags stocked up in our freezer. Because we’re that hooked, I even checked to see if it’s sold at the Whole Foods near our new apartment in NYC (answer: it is!). You can find Australis Barramundi at many Whole Foods locations and specialty grocery stores nationwide.

This Barramundi with Tomato, Olive, White Wine Sauce Recipe is so healthy and incredibly flavorful! It's easy enough to throw together for a quick weeknight dinner, but also impressive enough to serve to guests! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

If you’ve never tried barramundi before, it’s a meaty, buttery white fish with a very mild flavor. I love that it soaks up the flavors of whatever you serve it with. Barramundi is also very high in omega 3s and an EXCELLENT source of protein (I’m talking 34 grams in a 6 oz. piece!).

This Barramundi with Tomato, Olive, White Wine Sauce Recipe is so healthy and incredibly flavorful! It's easy enough to throw together for a quick weeknight dinner, but also impressive enough to serve to guests! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Australis uses super freezing methods to lock in the freshness and flavor of their fish, so once the barramundi is defrosted it tastes just like it was fished that week. Technically speaking, this flash-frozen method actually makes the barramundi fresher than “fresh” fish since there is zero loss of flavor or spoilage during transportation! That’s why we’ve always felt as though we’re eating a restaurant quality meal when we cook it at home.

The fish comes pre-portioned in 4-6 oz. filets, and it’s very easy to defrost. Simply place the vacuum-sealed filets in a large bowl of cold water for about 15 minutes and voila! The pre-portioned pieces are also great if you’re just cooking for one.

 

This Barramundi with Tomato, Olive, White Wine Sauce Recipe is so healthy and incredibly flavorful! It's easy enough to throw together for a quick weeknight dinner, but also impressive enough to serve to guests! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

This barramundi recipe is easily one of my favorites on the blog right now. I would happily eat this dish every day of the week. The kalamata olives add a nice salty element to the sauce, but if you’re not an olive person then you may want to substitute in one tablespoon of capers in their place.

This Barramundi with Tomato, Olive, White Wine Sauce Recipe is so healthy and incredibly flavorful! It's easy enough to throw together for a quick weeknight dinner, but also impressive enough to serve to guests! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Fresh basil is also a must, and the more the better!

This Barramundi with Tomato, Olive, White Wine Sauce Recipe is so healthy and incredibly flavorful! It's easy enough to throw together for a quick weeknight dinner, but also impressive enough to serve to guests! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

I know you’re going to love this recipe! Make sure to look for Australis Barramundi in the frozen fish section at Whole Foods. It’s fantastic!

 

Barramundi in Tomato Basil White Wine Sauce
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 6-8 oz. Australis Barramundi
  • 2 Tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • ½ pint cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • ¼ cup kalamata olives, thinly sliced
  • ⅛ cup dry white wine (I used Sauvignon Blanc)
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, sliced
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Place the frozen barramundi (still in its vacuum-sealed plastic packaging) in a large bowl of cold water and allow to defrost (about 15 minutes). Once the fish is defrosted, use scissors to remove it from the plastic and place the fish on a large plate. Use paper towels to remove excess water from the fish and set aside.
  2. Heat a small pan over medium heat. Add one tablespoon of olive oil and then add the crushed red pepper flakes and garlic, sautéing constantly for about 1 minute. Add the cherry tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, for three minutes, until they're soft and blistering. Sprinkle the tomatoes with a pinch of salt and pepper while they're cooking.
  3. Next, add the kalamata olives to the pan and cook for one minute. Add the wine and scrape up any bits that have accumulated at the bottom of the pan. Bring the mixture to a light simmer for 1-2 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the lemon juice, lemon zest and basil. Taste the mixture and add additional salt and pepper as needed. Cover to keep warm and set aside.
  4. Heat the remaining one tablespoon of olive oil in a large non-stick pan over medium heat. Season both sides of the barramundi with course sea salt and ground black pepper. Place the fish in the pan and cook for about four minutes on one side, and then flip and cook on the second side for an additional four minutes, or until the fish is lightly golden brown and cooked through.
  5. Place each piece of barramundi on a plate and serve the tomato, olive, white wine sauce over the fish. Serve immediately.
 

This Barramundi with Tomato, Olive, White Wine Sauce Recipe is so healthy and incredibly flavorful! It's easy enough to throw together for a quick weeknight dinner, but also impressive enough to serve to guests! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Seafood

Cod with Cherry Tomatoes and Kalamata Olives

Today might be April Fools Day, but this recipe is no joke. This simple fish dish was sent to me by my dad a few years ago when I expressed a desire to learn how to cook more seafood.

Cod with Cherry Tomatoes and Kalamata Olives Recipe

This meal boasts all of the flavors of a delicious Mediterranean feast, but requires only a handful of ingredients. I’ve made it with cod, tilapia, and halibut – really, whatever is on sale at the time.

 

Cod with Cherry Tomatoes and Kalamata Olives Recipe

The flavors will remind you of summer. I don’t know about you, but as the weather begins to get warmer, I crave lighter meals like this one. I love eating fish for dinner because it’s protein-packed, but doesn’t leave you feeling overly stuffed before bed.

Cod with Cherry Tomatoes and Kalamata Olives Recipe

This Spicy Cod with Cherry Tomatoes and Olives is fast enough for a weeknight meal, but impressive enough to serve for company. Whatever you do, make sure you serve this with a generous squeeze of fresh lemon juice to heighten the flavors. It makes a BIG difference!

Cod with Cherry Tomatoes and Kalamata Olives Recipe

 

 

Spicy Cod with Cherry Tomatoes and Kalamata Olives Recipe
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 3 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 4-5 oz. filets of cod or tilapia
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • ⅛ teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ¼ cup Kalamata olives, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges for serving
Instructions
  1. Sprinkle the fish filets with salt and pepper. Heat 2 Tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the fish filets to the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until the center is opaque. Remove fish from pan and set aside.
  2. Add the last Tablespoon of oil to the pan. Add the parsley and red pepper and saute for 30 seconds. Next add the cherry tomatoes, olives, and garlic and saute for 2 minutes, until the tomatoes and olives soften. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Top the fish with the tomato mixture. Squeeze fresh lemon over each filet of fish and serve.
Notes
*Recipe adapted from Epicurious
 

Spicy Cod with Cherry Tomatoes and Kalamata Olives ll Healthy, Quick, and Simple! Easy enough for a delicious weeknight dinner. ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Main Meal Poultry Sandwich

Mediterranean Chicken Pita Sandwiches

With school and work starting up again after summer vacations, many of us are in need of new lunch options to throw into the mix. Personally, I always try to bring my lunch to work because it is cheaper, healthier, and I love knowing what I am eating. While I’ll always love sandwich classics like PB&J and turkey & cheese, I also get excited when I pack a new combination.

Mediterranean Chicken Pita Sandwiches Recipe

If you love Greek salads, this chicken pita sandwich is for you. It has all the delicious flavors of a true mediterranean meal, packed into a healthy and hearty whole wheat pita. I used my homemade avocado hummus for this sandwich, but any tasty packaged hummus will also work.

Mediterranean Chicken Pita Sandwiches Recipe

I love the crunch from the cucumbers and the tangy bite from the feta and olives. Feel free to leave out the chicken for an equally satisfying vegetarian lunch option. I hope you love this as much as I do!

Mediterranean Chicken Pita Sandwiches Recipe

 

Mediterranean Chicken Pita Sandwiches
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 4-5 oz. cooked rotisserie chicken
  • ⅛ cup diced cucumber
  • 2 Tablespoons crumbled feta
  • 2 Tablespoons roasted red pepper, diced
  • 2 Tablespoons kalamata olives, chopped (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons minced red onion
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice, or more to taste
  • Salt and Pepper
  • ⅛ cup hummus (try my avocado hummus)
  • 2 whole wheat pitas rounds, sliced in half
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl mix the chicken, cucumber, feta, red pepper, olives, red onion, and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Spread the hummus inside each pita half. Divide the chicken mixture between the four pita halves and serve with additional hummus and cucumber slices.