TODAY is the day! Today is my day 30 of the Whole 30 challenge!!! If you could see me I would be doing cartwheels! I placed myself on this challenge back on January 1st. And I can honestly say, it’s been amazing! I feel great and it was definitely something my mind and body needed. After spending the 2 months prior developing recipes for the cookbook I wasn’t feeling quite myself. After long hours behind the camera, in the kitchen, behind the computer, and then with the holidays thrown in I was running low on fuel. AGAIN, I needed this challenge. I eat Paleo pretty much 365 days of the year with occasional paleo treat of some kind thrown in here and there. Because let’s face it….TREATS are needed every now and then. AND if I’m going to have a treat, it might as well be a paleo one! So when taking the challenge on I wasn’t sure what or how I would feel. I haven’t gotten on the scale so I can’t say I lost weight, BUT I do feel leaner…if that counts for anything. My workouts feel great, minus the latest hiccups with my body/hands in the gym. Again, overall I can tell a difference. BUT, I am looking forward to making my very favorite Paleo treat tomorrow, Banana Dark Chocolate Cakies. I have some ripe bananas sitting on my counter that are telling me they should be used for these cookies. Now the question some of you may be asking “should I do the challenge?” YES, I think everyone should give it a go. I might even challenge myself again soon. I have to admit everyone who follows me on Instagram and on Facebook you have kept me on track. Documenting my meals has helped me stay on focused…so a BIG THANKS everyone! I still need to update my facebook page with the past few days but if you are interested and seeing what I ate for the past 30 days, check out the pictures.
On one of the nights of the challenge I made this halibut. So if you are checking out the photo’s you may come across this same photo. Not the best, since I was using my super (NOT) indoor night lighting to photograph. A girls got to do what a girls got to do in order to capture a photo to share a recipe. AND by your votes on the facebook page last Friday you wanted to see it so I’m happy my brain was thinking and I took a photo with my camera instead of my phone (I took all of the whole 30 meal photos with my phone). This delicious meal is a lot easier than it sounds so don’t shy away from it. I have to admit my favorite part was cutting out the parchment paper….made me feel like a kid! We need that every now and then. Ha! To think as a kid all I wanted was to be “grown-up” and now all I want to do is go back to being a kid. Ha!
So here you have it folks….
Parchment Baked Halibut with Paleo Pesto, Tomatoes, and Zucchini
4 (12-x 18-inch) sheets of parchment paper
4 (6 ounce) halibut fillets (or other white fish fillet – like snapper, sea bass, or cod)
1/4 cup Paleo Spinach Pesto
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup shredded zucchini (about 1 small)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper, divided
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
For the parchment paper, fold each 12- x 18 inch rectangle in half. Beginning at a folded edge of one piece, draw half a heart shape as large as possible; then cut out with scissors. Repeat with remaining parchment sheets.
Place fillet on one interior side so that it touches the fold. Spread 1 tablespoon of pesto over fillet; top with a few cherry tomoto halves and 1/4 cup zucchini. Sprinkle with one-fourth sea salt and pepper.
Fold paper; seal edges with narrow folds. Repeat with remaining fillets and parchment paper.
Place packets on baking sheets. Bake for 15 minutes or until parchment is lightly browned and puffy.
To serve, open packets and transfer the fillets with their vegetables to a plate. Or serve right in packets.
I served the halibut with roasted asparagus and sweet potato mash which was delish! Highly recommend!
Makes 4 servings