lemon-ginger poached halibut with leeks

As you can see, I am back…  Being in the health/weight loss/ fitness industry New Years resolutions are “in” to say the least. I decided to make mine a little different and do what I started over a year ago… Share my recipes, nutrition and ideas with the people I love. Even though I have very little free time right now,  I WILL find time to blog.  Here is a little something I threw together with my parents on this lazy, rainy, Sunday. Hope it finds you well.

This dinner is light and delicious. It is simple, and can be served with a side of lentils, soba noodles, quinoa, sweet potatoes or is great just by itself.

(sorry iPhone pic)

You will see that this shallow poached fish produces light,  flaky results.


  • 2 tsp finely grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tsp finely grated garlic
  • 3 tbsp  extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon juice + zest
  • 4 1 inch thick halibut fillets (6/8oz each)
  • 2 med leeks, white and light greek parts sliced thinly
  • 3 cups homemade or organic chicken/ vegetable broth, (more as needed)
  • 4 cups leafy greens (beet greens, chard, kale, spinach)
  • 1 tbsp sea salt and pepper

In a small bowl, mix the ginger, garlic, lemon zest, 1 tsp of the olive oil, 1 tsp sea salt, and 1/2 tsp pepper. Pat the mixture evenly all over one side of the fish. In a 10-inch straight sided sauté pan, heat the remaining 2 Tbsp of the olive oil and the lemon juice. Add the leeks and sauté, stirring constantly until soft (5 min). Arrange the fish lemon-ginger side up in single layer on top of the leeks. Add broth until fillets are almost submerged. Cover and turn heat to low and simmer for 8-10 minutes. Transfer with a slotted spatula to another dish.

For the greens: Add greens of choice to broth and still until wilted. Add some lemon juice and salt and pepper. (Should take about 3 minutes)

Why I used Beet Greens aka the tops of the beets…

They are similar to chard in flavor and can be pared the same way. When sautéed, braised or added to a dish, they add a robust, earthy flavor.  You want to store beets and their greens separately, as the leaves continue to draw moisture and nutrients from their roots if still attached. Refrigerate washed and dried greens in a plastic bag for up to 2 days, the beets will keep in a plastic bag for a week.

Sprouted Lentils:

For the lentils I used sprouted ones. Sprouting your grains Seasoned them with turmeric, cumin and a little balsamic. Lentils are a great source of protein, and fiber. Sprouted lentils are helpful for people who have digestive issues or difficulty digesting legumes.


About Skinny Fat Kids

I am a fat kid at heart. I don’t start a day without planning a meal; whether it is cooking with friends or trying out a new spot. It might have something to do with being a Mexican/Italian.. Since I was young I loved to help out in the kitchen and was open to all types of food. I appreciate what cooking comes along with… Family, friends and times you will never forget. Food for me is something that you can make taste good even though it is healthy! People have no idea how easy it is to throw together a perfectly well balanced meal that provides them with all the essential nutrients one needs. Each of us have your unique genetic needs, tastes, backgrounds which can be factored into your food and nutrition plan. “Change is one constant in our lives.” You can rid disease and illness through food. Food is something people do not clearly understand. I strongly believe in cooking with local, seasonal, organic, and nutrient-rich ingredients as best as you can. It is essential to eat only grass fed dairy and meat because they provide more essential nutrients as well as high levels of vitamins. Having a garden and knowing where your food comes from is essential! I owe a lot to my mom who many can attest that she is a GREAT entertainer. She seems to always be having a “dinner party” and always throws together something delicious. My objective in this blog is to share my love and knowledge of food and cooking with all you peeps. I want to give you all ideas on how easy it is to eat healthy and make food taste good. I want the standard american diet to be something of the past… TBC
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One Response to lemon-ginger poached halibut with leeks

  1. Lynn says:

    I made this last night for dinner. It was amazing!!! Keep the recipes coming! Thanks Torie!

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