Why I Am Posting These Recipes

I believe that it is healthier for an individual and for the planet to reduce the consumption of animal products in the human diet. However, I love to eat all kinds of delicious food, and find it really, really difficult to go totally vegetarian. Also, my family protests if I serve too many vegetarian meals in a row. So I am committed to making an effort to move towards a vegetarian diet without wholly doing so. I will post recipes several times a week that represent my philosophy of eating well, eating healthy, eating local. Most recipes will be easy to prepare, as I have a busy life. So I expect my followers to be people who love to cook and eat well, want to try to help the planet through their eating (by eating local foods and trying to reduce the use of meat in our diets), and have many other things to do each day besides cook.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Baked Sole with Garlic, Olive Oil, and Oregano

Yesterday I bought fish for dinner, not knowing exactly how I was going to cook it.  I bought sole that came from Rhode Island waters, which are very close to where I live in Connecticut.  My reasoning being that fish sourced close to home requires fewer resources to transport it to my kitchen, so it is more sustainable than fish that comes from farther away.  When I got home, I started browsing cookbooks and online, looking for a simple, delicious preparation that used garlic and oregano.  Garlic because I was craving garlic, and know from experience that garlic on fish is delicious.  Oregano because I recently read that Bell and Evans was feeding its chickens oregano oil because it discovered that oregano oil helped control bacterial infections in farm animals and kept them healthier.  So I figure that fresh oregano might be a good thing to start eating more of.  Even for people.  I couldn't find a suitable recipe, so I did my own thing, and the results were quite tasty.  Try it!

1 ½ lbs. sole
3 cloves garlic
Extra-virgin olive oil
sea salt
2 sprigs fresh oregano

Preheat oven to 475 degrees.  Place sole fillets on greased baking sheet in a single layer.  Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste over them.  Press 3 cloves garlic over the fish, sprinkling it over all the fillets.  Drizzle olive oil over fillets, then spread with your fingers so that fillets are evenly coated.  Chop oregano leaves and sprinkle over fish.  Bake for 10 minutes.  Serves 5.

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