May 2, 2016

Chipotle Roasted Cod with Coconut Rice and Mango Salsa

I had no intention of blogging this recipe, it was just made up on a whim with what was in my fridge (MANGO time!) but I enjoyed it so much I had to share.

This is the perfect spring-is-here-summer-is-coming dish that you can whip up in 30 minutes – and I bet it would taste FANTASTIC on the grill.

Chipotle Roasted Cod with Coconut Rice and Mango Salsa
(Pardon the iphone pictures/terrible lighting on this one. I didn't want to have to wait to remake it and share!)


There are two secrets: coconut rice + chipotle infused olive oil. The olive oil may not be something you have on hand (most specialty olive oil stores will carry it, you can find it on amazon or make it yourself here) – I would recommend getting a bottle for summertime. The uses are endless, and the subtle sweet heat is perfect for any fish.

Coconut rice is also surprisingly easy to make - keep a few cans of coconut milk in your pantry and you can make it anytime.

Tip: Start the rice first, then prep the fish + finish the salsa while the fish bakes. It will all be done in 30 minutes.


Recipe: Chipotle Roasted Cod with Coconut Rice and Mango Salsa


Coconut Rice

1 1/2 cups uncooked rice
1 can coconut milk (stock up at trader joe's $)
1 can water

  1. Rinse the rice and add to a non-stick pot. 
  2. Empty the can of coconut milk + refill can with water and add to the pot.
  3. Stir, making sure to scrape the bottom and break up any rice clumps.
  4. Bring the pot to a boil, cover + reduce to a simmer for 20-30 minutes until liquid is absorbed.
  5. Fluff with a fork. Season with salt to taste.


Chipotle Roasted Cod


2 wild caught cod filets
4 lemon slices
1 slice roma tomato (will use the rest in the salsa)
Chipotle olive oil
Salt + pepper
  1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Thaw or unpack fish. Place on parchment paper.
  3. Season filets with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Top with 2 slices of lemon, 1 slice tomato and drizzle with olive oil.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.


Mango Salsa

2 roma tomatoes
1 mango
Chipotle olive oil
Fresh lime juice
Salt + pepper
Chopped cilantro (optional)
  1. While the fish bakes, dice the tomatoes and peel and dice the mango. (I only ended up using half of my mango for two people)
  2. In a small dish, fold in olive oil and a squeeze of fresh lime.
  3. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 
  4. Top the fish and rice with the salsa.

Chipotle Roasted Cod with Coconut Rice and Mango Salsa

Chipotle Roasted Cod with Coconut Rice and Mango Salsa

I didn't have any cilantro on hand, but that would have made the dish even better. I also ended up adding some fresh arugula on the side for texture and greens.

So fresh. So healthy. So good.

Bon appetit!
xo,


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Jan 27, 2016

Yoga in France

Some of you may have heard, but I am hosting a Yoga Retreat in France this May! This is one of those incredible right place-right time, listen to your heart opportunities that kind of fell into my lap last year. And I've been given the opportunity to share it with YOU.


This retreat will take place May 21 - 28th at the beautiful Chateau Bardouly in the Dordogne region of France (i.e. wine country, castles, rolling hills and breathtaking beauty). This 400 year old chateau was built in the reign of Henry IV and has been restored into one of the most beautiful homes I have ever seen.

I had the opportunity to spend a long weekend at Bardouly with the owners and some other wonderful people last October, and it felt like I was living in Downton Abbey.



THE CHATEAU

The drive up to the estate is breathtaking, surrounded by large trees and nearby vineyards. Each room is meticulously decorated, the large windows open into a serene garden and we enjoyed pre-dinner cocktails in the parlor room each night before dinner.

CUISINE

And the food. THE FOOD. This is true farm-to-table. The caterer Bardouly uses is the most delightful woman who picks food from her garden and the local farms each day to prepare insanely delectable dishes every night. I ate SO much while I was there, and didn't gain a single pound. You can truly taste the quality of the food, the freshness. the wine...it's honestly my version of heaven.

Which is why I am so excited to host a retreat here in May!




YOGA LIFESTYLE

This retreat will not be about traditional cleansing, detoxing and deprivation. This retreat is about enjoying LIFE.

Loving our bodies, taking care of our souls and feeding ourselves inside and out. We will detox the mind of negative thoughts. We will cleanse ourselves of feeling guilty for having dessert. We will deprive ourselves of the mayhem and chaos of city life for a serene, relaxing week in the French Countryside.




Bardouly played host to last year's YTT for Yoga Works, and has recently partnered with The Travel Yogi (one of my sponsors!) to host yoga retreats beginning this year.*

*My 2016 Bardouly retreat is not affiliated with The Travel Yogi, as I am working privately with the owners.

ITINERARY

Each day will begin with tea, fruit and coffee, followed by a morning meditation + yoga class either in the gorgeous studio or brand new outdoor yoga deck.

After yoga, enjoy a fresh and local breakfast and then excursion of your choice:

  • Day trip to famous Issigeac market
  • Bike to a nearby French town (which are the most adorable places I've ever seen, we will be providing bikes!)
  • Shopping and foie gras sampling in Bergerac
  • Wine tasting at a local vineyard
  • Canoeing on the Dordogne River
  • Strolling the French Countryside
  • Chill by the pool
  • Trip to The Hanging Gardens of Marqueyssac 
  • Visit to The Caves of Lascaux  





Our afternoons will have an optional yoga workshop or restorative practice (napping is also welcomed and encouraged!), followed by cocktails in the parlor and the freshest farm-to-table dinner you've ever had. Every single night.

It honestly sounds like a dream and I thought I was in one while I was there. But it exists, it's real and because I am working directly with the owners, I'm able to offer this trip at a fraction of the cost that is available on most yoga retreats.

DATES:

May 21 - 28, 2016

PRICING: 

Double Occupancy : $1,250 pp
Single Occupancy :$1,790 pp

*Price increase after March 1, 2016 ($200). $500 non refundable deposit to hold your place.

Price includes:

  • 7 nights accommodation 
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks) 
  • Special wine tasting evening 
  • Guided hikes 
  • All taxes 
  • Twice daily yoga with Kat 
  • Not included: airfare, airport/train station transfers, additional excursions, gratuities


I honestly don't think I could find accommodations in Europe anywhere close to this for that price, especially ones that include food and wine! And we get to practice yoga together every day too.

So come join me! I only have a few spots left, so please email me if you are interested or have any questions - kat@fitgirlwellness.com. This will truly be the experience of a lifetime!

HUGE thank you to the owners of Bardouly for hosting me and offering this experience - you can see more on their website http://bardouly.com/ and learn more about my retreat here - Yoga at Bardouly.




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