I know the word “detox” or “cleanse” may conjure up images of restrictive, bland foods that don’t satisfy.   By now you should know that that is not what I am about.  And that is not what the Peri-Menopause Detox is about.  I want you to see for yourself that we are going to eat delicious REAL food so I’m giving you one of the recipes.

I can almost guarantee you will love the food you eat during the detox.  


Asian Style Fish in Parchment with Bok Choy
Makes 4 servings
 
Ingredients:

  • 1 lb white fish (cod, halibut, fluke), cut into four 4-oz pieces
  • 2 TB sesame oil
  • 1 TB rice vinegar
  • 2 TB tamari
  • 2 inches of fresh ginger, grated or minced
  • 8 cloves fresh garlic, pressed or minced
  • 4 oz fresh shiitake mushrooms (optional)*
  • 2 large Bok choy, chiffonade
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • Parchment paper

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk tamari, rice vinegar and sesame oil. Set aside.

Preparing parchment:

  1. For 4-oz fillets: cut 4 pieces of parchment paper large enough to encase one fish fillet, approximately a 13×13 square or one parchment paper bag (like these). Fold in half and cut half a heart shape around the fold. Unfolded, you should have 4 full hearts.
  2. On a baking sheet, lay the full hearts down with the folded side to the edge so that half is on baking sheet and half is off.
  3. Divide the garlic and ginger among the hearts and spread out in a line to the approximate length of fish fillet. Then, divide the Bok choy among the hearts. Drizzle about ½ TB of the tamari mixture on top of the Bok choy on each heart.
  4. Place fish on top of the Bok choy and then add mushrooms. Drizzle another 1 TB of the tamari mixture on each.
  5. Fold the heart over and beginning at the wider part of the heart, start folding the paper over itself. As you move around the paper, you’ll end at the pointed end of the heart. Fold that under.
  6. Place in oven for 12 minutes and bake until fish flakes easily.
  7. Remove from oven and place on plate. Serve hot.

*You can make this dish vegan/vegetarian by adding more mushrooms or another veggie like carrots or red pepper.


En papillote is french for “in paper” and refers to a moist heat cooking method where the food is wrapped in parchment paper and cooked in the oven.

I tend to only use this method with veggies and fish because it’s quick — about 10-15 minutes.  It works well with white fish, salmon, and even shrimp and scallops.  You can use it with other proteins but you’ll need to check cooking times.

This is such a fun cooking method to know because you can have a lot of fun with it experimenting with flavors. 

Here are a couple suggestions for other variations:
Italian – fresh basil, olives, capers, cherry tomatoes and spinach
Classic – lemon, fresh dill, white wine (optional), baby kale 
French – tarragon or herbes de provence, lemon, asparagus, 

The key is to add some spices/herbs, veggies and fish.

It’s quick and easy BUT the best part about this is that clean up is a breeze!  There are no pots or pans to wash!  If you wrapped the parchment properly, you baking tray should be clean.  You can even serve the meal in the paper for minimal clean up for the plates too.  

The Peri-Menopause Detox is great way for you to get re-inspired or start cooking for yourself and your family and stop relying on take out.

Sign up by this Friday, January 24 — and save $30.  Grab your spot here.