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Baked Cod In Pita – California Style


Cod has to be my favorite white fish.  It’s moist and flavorful, not to mention versitile.  I first made this “sandwich” for my very health-concious, foodie sister-in-law. Neither of us could believe what an amazing flavor sensation we had in our hands.  She gave it her stamp of approval and I’ve been making it ever since. You could also bake the cod ahead of time and this serves as a good make-ahead meal.

Cook

Baked Cod In Pita

Pita bread (store-bought is fine or you can check out my prior post on homemade pita)
Salsa fresca
Cod filet
Sliced Monterey Jack cheese
Sliced avocado
Alfalfa, clover and/or broccoli sprouts
Olive oil
Seasoning salt
Black pepper

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Drizzle a glass baking pan with some olive oil.  Place the cod filet in the pan, drizzle with more olive oil, then sprinkle with seasoning salt and some fresh cracked pepper.  Cover pan in tin foil. Bake for 15 minutes, more or less, depending on the size and thickness of your filet. Open pita pocket.  First line it with the sliced cheese and avocado.  Put a decent sized hunk of cod in the pita.  Top with salsa fresca, then with sprouts.

Plant

For years I have been trying to grow cilantro in the garden.  I finally succeeded!  I think the trick was to mostly ignore it.  When I would water it every day, growth was slow.  Once I cut back the watering my little seedlings took off!

Meditate

The moon has just begun to wax.  This is a great time to think about nourishing your body.  Sure, we all think about cutting back our food intake, calorie and fat intake and we all have probably tried some “miracle” diet that promises fast results but leave us feeling empty.  But what about the other side of that?  What about giving the body what it needs so we can feel full of health?  Dietitians have recommended 5 meals a day instead of the traditional 3.  But why stop at 5?  Why not 10 small meals if that is what your body needs?  I have to believe that, anthropologically speaking, it wasn’t until the industrial revolution that we started eating 3 meals per day.  I can’t imagine that a thousand years ago, a lady out gathering fruits, vegetables and grains with her family would tell them that they weren’t allowed to eat anything until they got home and prepared it.  For the next two weeks (until May 5, when the moon begins to wane), listen to your body.  What does it really need?  Concentrate your energies on nourishing your body rather than denying it.  Eating packaged foods?  Read the label to see if has anything nutritious in it.  If not, head to the produce aisle.  Having a piece of toast?  How about rounding out the nutritional value with some peanut butter, raw honey or cream cheese and fresh strawberries?    Do you need more sleep?  More exercise?  More sex?  Concentrate on giving your body what it really needs and you may just find that, in time, you feel better generally.

Eat Well!

~Trish

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