Fish on Friday – 5:2 Diet Fast Day Recipe:
Smoked Haddock and Spinach Gratin
I must apologise for my lack of “Fish on Friday” posts lately – I have been out on Fridays a lot recently, and have not been able to develop any new recipes or share them here…….but today, even though I was busy first thing this morning, I managed to take some lovely smoked haddock (from John at Delish Fish) out of the freezer and cook this DELIGHTFUL and LOW-CALORIE meal for lunch. I adore smoked haddock and John’s is the best – beautifully filleted and smoked, with no bones, it makes a meal seem very special, no matter how easy and quick it is to prepare and cook; and, this recipe for Smoked Haddock and Spinach Gratin was extremely easy to make, it was on the table in just over half an hour and is also very low in calories, with only 200 calories per serving.
I did remember to take both the fish and the spinach out of the freezer as soon as I got up this morning, and this is really the only preparation you need to remember to do; other than that, it is a case of pre-heating the oven and slicing the tomatoes, it really is so simple. We both enjoyed this for lunch today with no accompaniments, as we both felt it was filling enough, but I am sure that some steamed new potatoes would be lovely addition for a heartier meal. You can use any white, filleted fish, but there is something rather luxurious and special about the combination of smoked haddock, spinach and Parmesan cheese together. My other favourite classic recipe for smoked haddock is Omelette Arnold Bennett, and I have the recipe already posted on Lavender and Lovage here: Luxury Scottish Fish on Friday and a Classic Recipe – Omelette Arnold Bennett.
Back to today’s recipe – you can bake this au gratin in the oven, as I have suggested, or this can also be microwaved too; just cover with cling-film and cook on high for 4 to 5 minutes, before checking the dish and cooking for a further few minutes, checking after each minute interval. You won’t get that slightly grilled finish to the tomatoes, but as smoked haddock cooks nicely when poached in milk, you will get a soft and moist cooked fish with the iron-rich taste of the spinach.
I DO have another smoked haddock and spinach recipe on the blog already, but the recipe today has been “lightened” a lot, and has almost HALF the calories of my other recipe, which can be found here: Easy Smoked Haddock au Gratin Recipe. Today’s recipe is just perfect for everyone who is watching their calorie intake, as well as trying to eat fish at least twice a week, as part of an Omega 3 rich oil diet. Anyway, I have to dash now, I have some gardening and cooking to do, and I must strike whilst the iron is hot, as in whilst the sun is shining! Have a wonderful weekend, and see you soon with more new recipes and some new cooking challenges I am hosting. Karen