Thursday, February 23, 2012

Red Snapper & Roasted Beets

As much as I love to say I live a life that is no longer controlled by food I sure to spend most of my time around it. Ask me a year ago or even 6 months ago and there would be no way I would have seen myself doing what I did today.  Big thanks to my Dad who bought me this how to book a few years ago, who knew I would ever even open it. Well today I was glad I had it.

This week I have been craving beets strange because I have only had them a handful of times. After completing the 21 Day Sugar Detox I find my cravings have gone from Paleo treats and fruit to proteins and veggies. This is awesome!  Well yesterday was the opening day of Houston’s city halls lunch time farmers market and guess what I found? Beets! One of my assignments for this week was to try a new food prepared in a new way, so this morning I made my way down to Roses fish market in Seabrook for the first time. I walked around the market and ended up stopping in front of the whole fish section, eyes and all looking back at me. All of the sudden I got very brave and adventuress and pointed to a red snapper and said I’ll take one of those. I could not believe it was I really going to take home a whole fish, filet it and cook it. Guess so. I found some great deals on some already fileted goodies and made my way back home.  Now what do I do?

This is where Martha’s book came in handy; this book gives you a step by step for anything and everything in the kitchen. Thank goodness for great photos because I am a visual learner.

Well it did not come out pretty but I did it!

I had never cooked beets before only ate them so this was new to me as well. I found simple instruction to roast them in a tin foil, so I cleaned the beets, cut off the ends and rubbed them down with coconut oil. I then added in salt, pepper, fresh herbs, and a lemon. I sealed it up and stuck it in the oven at 375 for 25 min.

 I had seen my husband cook fish before in tin foil so I just kept it simple, my red snapper filets, butter, salt and pepper. I sealed it up and placed it in the oven for 20 min (beets needed about 45 min so the fish went in for the last 20)

Well I must say I feel good about this one. My lunch was delicious and well worth the effort.


  1. It's good that you took pictures, because it's easier to preapare the meal, since I know what it should look like.

  2. How brave of you to buy a whole fish! I might have to try that sometime!