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It turns out that when you buy life insurance you get poked with needles. Sometimes, the return from those pokes is a test result with eyebrow-raising numbers and figures that tell you it is time to reevaluate your diet.

It has not been easy. Let’s face it, I’m no Laura, Ann or Tiffany. So, a few weeks ago I enlisted the help of holistic nutritionist Leanne Vogel at Healthful Pursuit. ย She takes the guess work out of eating ‘good.’ ย For $15 a month you get four weeks worth of 3 day meal plans (they’ll last you the whole week, I promise) that include a shopping list and all the recipes. Dummy proof. ย I highly recommend ๐Ÿ™‚

But this blog is all about Caymanian food and Caymanian food isn’t always about being ‘healthy.’ Unless we’re doing fish. We can rock a fish dish.

Steamed Fish
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You will need:
4 8oz mahi fillets (or any white fish), rinsed with lime juice
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 clove garlic, minced
2 spring onions, chopped
1 scotch bonnet, de-seeded and chopped (remember to wear your gloves!)
1 orange bell pepper
1 tsp sun dried tomato paste
2 tbsp veggie broth

  • In large skillet, heat coconut oil over medium high heat. ย Add garlic, onions, scotch bonnet and bell pepper and cook for about a minute.
  • Add tomato paste and cook for another 30 seconds.
  • Add vegetable broth and lay fish on top of the veggies
  • Reduce heat to low and cover. ย Cook for about 10 minutes.
Makes four servings.
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  1. Sorry about the test results but glad you have some good nutritional options. This fish looks great. I would have to steam it in a little foil packet on the grill ( since I will not have a kitchen for a few more weeks) but I have been craving fish and this sounds so wonderfully spicy and flavorful!

  2. What a delicious fish, and it's steamed! Very healthy meal. Thanks for introducing Healthful Pursuit. I'm going to check it out. She has so many healthy looking recipes!

  3. I love these ingredients! Coconut oil and sun-dried tomato paste?! YUM! Love the pool pic with the palm fronds. Lovely!

  4. I've had a recent ghastly surprise with the needle situation!! Fish is the way to go – especially if it's cooked like this!
    mary x

  5. Good luck with the new eating plan, this is such a lovely fish dish! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. What a gorgeous dinner idea, so light and filling! I love Healthful Pursuit's blog, she has gorgeous recipes:-) So happy Ilke from Ilke's Kitchen sent me your way:-) Take care, Terra

  7. Wow, what an idyllic scene and a beautiful dish! Thanks for sharing. Also, I'm having a ChicWrap giveaway today that you should enter!

  8. Aww… But this dish is not just healthy! Its delicious too! so win-win?

  9. I don't be,live that for a minute – you are always making something fantastic and fresh-looking!

    Like this dish – I love the orange peppers against the white fish. So pretty!

  10. Good luck on your healthful journey!

  11. You have been nominated for my NEW Food Stories Award for Excellence in Storytelling. Check out my site for the details (foodstoriesblog dot com).

  12. I had no problem at all if the diet was about fish and seafood ๐Ÿ˜‰ This looks wonderful.

  13. Wonderful dish, and by the swimming pool :-). Love that. I also cook with coconut oil these days – it's really good, things don't stick that much to the pan, and it tastes great.

  14. I love steamed fish..
    Have to try this recipe soon!!

  15. I have never tried steaming fish, however it does sound like a healthy way to prepare it. I will need to try it-tasty flavor elements in this as well.
    I am sure the meal plan will help with your numbers, have a great day!

  16. I love this steamed fish recipe and I will try making it one day

  17. I've never used sun dried tomato paste before either, sounds really good though! I love sun dried tomato anything ๐Ÿ™‚ Same with Mahi, your fish dish looks delish!! I love the orange pepper too!

  18. Yes, you DO rock fish dishes! Your back yard is so beautiful, too — a serene place to savor every healthy bite. ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. I've never used sun dried tomato paste before! Looks like a gorgeous fish dish packed full of flavor.

  20. Best of Luck with the new eating plan. You can do this girl!!!

  21. I know the feeling. I get into health eating habit everytime I get my cholesterol numbers back, but then slip back into the old routine!
    Steamed fish is a good compromise. We grill the fish most of the time, which is healthy. I should keep this method in mind for winter though!
    Good luck with the meal plan!

  22. I love fish but for some reason I've never tried steaming it. I love mahi, have some in the freezer at all times just in case the mood strikes. This looks so good I think the mood just struck.

  23. Good luck with the diet girl! With dishes like this, it should be a breeze! Look delish!

  24. You are making me miss my island home with this fish. The Bahamian diet wasn't exactly healthy with fried fish and mac & cheese being their favs.

    Love mahi mahi and buy it whenever I see it. Your presentation is so pretty too.

  25. Healthy is always good! and fish like this recipe would really please my husband; great presentation.

  26. We eat plenty of fish, in fact my other half practically lives on fish. I normally make curries and this lovely recipe of your will be a good change for us, what more with more rice please.

  27. Good luck on that diet! The steamed fish looks fabulous.

  28. I love it when 'healthy' food is also delicious food. Love the whack of heat the scotch bonnet adds to this fish, PS.

  29. Hey girl! It's been to long since I dropped by. Hope all is well, even after the medical. I'm sure this fish dish is making you feel much healthier already!

  30. Beautiful fish dish. Eating healthy is something that everyone needs but it's so damn hard sometimes. There are so many decadent and delicious things to indulge in but balance balance balance! hehe.

    I'm glad you're taking care of your body this dish looks like it does just that. Good luck on your healthy food excursions ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. Look amazing!!

  32. You are brave going into a diet my friend – good luck ๐Ÿ˜€
    This fish is a wonderful healthy but delciious way to start!

    Choc Chip Uru

  33. The fish looks delicious, especially against the orange color!

  34. I'm eating walleye for a week — could be healthy but maybe not the way we doctor it uo. Hope your food plan does what you need!

  35. Good luck with your new healthy food “diet”! This fish definitely sounds delicious =)

  36. Best of luck on your healthful journey … the steamed fish looks fabulous … Happy Weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. Hello old blogging friend! As usual your photo makes me want to leave my desk immediately and grab a pina colada. And in this case … some FISH too. Good luck on the diet I know how that goes.

  38. Good luck on that diet – although looking at that Caymen-ed steam fish, I'd like to follow this diet too. Coconut, lime and spice? Fabulous! I bet that's the only time you wear gloves in Caymen, eh?

  39. You should explain it was CK that got the negative results, now your peers are worrying about you! You should also explain that you will have things right as rain in no time! Fish Dish looks healthy to me! Thanks for sharing! Mrs. Herb Garden

  40. I'm sorry that your needle poking came up with a negative result! I hope it's something that can be corrected completely with the diet change.

    The fish does look amazing. I love the heat that complements the coconut oil.

  41. I like the recipe ..interesting !

  42. You'd starve if that little bowl was all you ate for a meal!

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