Prosciutto-Wrapped Cod with Warm Asparagus Salad Recipe by Elsa Jones
This meal is as nutritious as it is tasty. The cod is a good source of protein and the asparagus is a natural detoxifier. In fact, the entire salad is packed with antioxidant vitamins, which help to fight disease and make your skin glow. As a bonus, you won’t have much washing to do, as all that’s required is a chopping board and a frying pan.
– 3 tablespoons olive oil
– 1 small red onion, finely chopped
– 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
– salt and freshly ground black pepper
– 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
– 2 medium cod loins or skinned fillets
– 2 slices of prosciutto
– 200g asparagus, cut into bite-sized pieces
– 1 large, ripe vine tomato, finely chopped
– lemon wedges, to serve
1. In a large non-stick pan, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil over a medium heat. Fry the red onion for about 7 minutes, until soft. Sprinkle over the thyme and season with salt and pepper. Stir through the Dijon mustard, then scrape the mixture into a bowl and set aside. Wipe out the pan.
2. Pat the cod fillets dry and wrap each one in a slice of prosciutto. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the pan and set over a medium-high heat until the oil is rippling. Add the cod to the pan and fry for about 4 minutes on each side, until the prosciutto is crisp and the fish is firm and cooked through. Plate the fish and cover loosely with foil to keep warm.
3. Add ½ cup water to the same pan and bring to the boil over a high heat. Add the asparagus and cook for 3 minutes, then drain but leave in the pan. Add the onions back in along with the chopped tomato. Stir well and serve the warm salad alongside the fish with lemon wedges.
Elsa Jones is a nutritional therapist specialising in weight management. Most of her clients say they feel addicted to sugar, powerless over their cravings for it, viewing sugar addiction as their biggest obstacle to losing weight and keeping it off. But it’s not just our waistlines that are affected. The not-so-sweet health effects to consuming too much sugar include dull skin and accelerated aging, a heightened risk of developing diabetes and heart disease, inflammation in the body, suppressed immunity as well as decreased energy and vitality.
In her new book, Goodbye Sugar: Hello Weight Loss, Great Skin, More Energy and Improved Mood, she combines a sugar-free nutritional plan and the psychological tools to beat sugar addiction – the missing ingredient lacking in other diet plans. The book contains CBT exercises and techniques, which will retrain your brain to break bad habits, beat cravings and maintain motivation, while a 10 day kick-start eating plan and 30 sugar-free recipes will reset your taste buds, balance out your blood sugar and curb your sweet cravings.
Goodbye Sugar is published by Gill & Macmillan, priced at €16.99, and available in bookshops nationwide and on amazon.