Garlic and onions have long
been known for their anti-cancer effects and combine beautifully
with the mild flavor of halibut and other flatfish. It is essential
to use fresh basil in this recipe, as basil is one of the herbs
that takes least well to drying. Fortunately, you can find it
in most markets year-round.
Serve this dish with the traditional
sesame or whole-wheat noodles and your new year is sure to be
off on the right foot with good luck, fertility and prosperity.
Halibut with Citrus and Garlic - Makes 4 servings.
1 strip (about 1/2 inch wide)
4 4-oz. skinless fish fillets, e.g. halibut
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 red onion, very thinly-sliced
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
Salt and freshly-ground black pepper
2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Firmly hold one end of the strip
of orange peel skin side down on a cutting board. With the other
hand, holding a knife at a low, almost horizontal, angle, cut
away the white pith, starting at the end being held down and
working down the strip. Cut the strip lengthwise into 4-inch
long, narrow strips.
Cut four pieces of foil about
12 inches long. Place a fish fillet in center of each piece.
Rub garlic into fish. Sprinkle lemon juice over fish. Sprinkle
one-fourth of the zucchini, onion, orange zest strips and basil
on top of each fillet. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle
with oil. Crimp edges of foil together to seal.
Bake fish 15 minutes. Remove
and let cool slightly. Carefully open packets and transfer fish
to plates. Top with vegetables and juices and serve.
Per serving: 137 calories, 5
g. total fat (less than 1 g. saturated fat), 2 g. carbohydrate,
21 g. protein, less than 1 g. dietary fiber, 55 mg. sodium.