Ok, so it does seem i’m a little cod obsessed… Usually, I try and mix up my fish and meat intake over the week so i’m having fish/white meat/red meat/no meat… this recipe could easily be created using a different meat or a vegetarian substitute such as baked tofu.
Honestly, this whole meal took 40 minutes to cook and was super easy!
Cod fillet x 2 (fresh or frozen!)
1 x courgette
1 x aubergine
1 x sweet potato
Bag of basil
50g pine nuts
2 x tablespoons parmesan
4 x tablespoons olive oil
1 x clove garlic
Heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius
Peel and chop the sweet potato into chips and put in a bowl. Drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and add 1/2 tablespoon of mixed herbs and 1/2 tablespoon of chilli flakes. Stir to coat.
*If you don’t have or like mixed herbs/chilli flakes, use whatever spices you have! Paprika/Smoked Paprika work well as do garlic or chipotle spices.
Slice the aubergine into slices or chunks and put into a bowl. Drizzle with olive oil , season with salt and pepper and add 1/2 tablespoon of mixed herbs. Stir to make sure each piece is coated.
Put both on to a baking tray and into the oven – time 15 minutes.
While the aubergine and sweet potato are cooking for the initial 15 minutes, take the two pieces of cod, put on to a baking tray and add two basil leaves on top of each.
Chop the courgette into small chunks and lay around the cod. Season everything with salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil.
After the 15 minutes is up – put the baking tray with the cod and courgette in the oven. Set a timer for 20-25 minutes.
Meanwhile, take all the pesto ingredients, add them to a blender and blend until as smooth as you want. Start with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, blend and then add the remaining oil one tablespoon at a time. This way, you can decide the texture you want.
*I toasted my pine nuts for about 5 minutes beforehand, however it works just as well and is just as tasty without toasting them!
Take everything out of the oven when the aubergine and sweet potato are crispy and the cod is cooked through – plate up and enjoy!
Let me know how yours tastes!