Recipes To Mend A Broken Heart: Simple Poached Haddock

You probably don’t think of fish per se during this time of year. I know most people want some creamy mashed potatoes (me too) and meat heavy dishes. Well, anything that’s comfort food kind of goes well with the winter months. It’s still a good idea to keep things on the lighter side whenever possible. You can change it up a little with a nice simple fish dish. You can also make enough for the next day as well (pack it for your lunch) since you know the office will be filled with sweets all December.

As you know I started this series to encourage both men and women to eat healthy when their hearts are a little broken. We all have different eating habits when something traumatic happens, particularly any form of heartbreak. I guess we can expand heartbreak not just to relationships but also losing a job or a death of a loved one. You still have to remember to take care of your body, so it’s a good idea to avoid under-eating or over-eating with junk food. Time does heal and you need to heal from the inside out. There’s nothing worse than staring in the mirror when you think you are finally on the mend and what you see doesn’t match-up. It’s not all about vanity either, essentially your body, mind and heart can’t run separately. You need to take care of yourself even when the going gets tough.

Below is a very simple poached haddock dish anyone can make. Trust me, even my sister, who often mistakes our LG oven’s self-clean button as the bake button can make this with no problems; it’s very easy.

“Why does it say spray water in the oven?” she asked me the other night.

“No, Jules that’s self-clean”, I replied.


Simple Poached Haddock

Two Haddock Fillets

4 tbsp of Organic Salted Butter

1/2 tsp of Dried Basil

1 tsp Tuscan Inspired Tomato & Herb  – by Club House

A pinch of pepper


PRE-HEAT oven to 450F/230C

MELT four tablespoons of butter. You can do this in either a saucepan or in the microwave. I prefer to melt it in a sauce pan.

PLACE haddock fillets in a baking dish and set aside. I used an oven safe glass baking dish. You can also use a non-stick baking dish as well.

Once the butter begins to melt REMOVE it off the heat and it will continue to melt. Remember you don’t want to burn it. The heat of the saucepan will continue to melt it. This is also true when microwaved. Just heat it up enough, remove it from the microwave. The warmth of the bowl or mug used will continue to melt it. Just stir it until it’s completely melted.

ADD dried basil, Tuscan herb blend and a pinch of pepper to melted butter. Lightly STIR and POUR over fillets.

BAKE fish for 15 -18 minutes, until it flakes easily.

I made steamed broccoli and a few gluten-free mushroom ravioli with mine. You can have it with brown rice or any steamed vegetables of your choice. Don’t forget to POUR the sauce in the baking dish over your fish as well. This is so yummy and light. I make it when I want to eat something quick and healthy.

You can use any herb blend of your choice. Since most blends have added salt and we used salted butter you don’t need to add anymore salt.  You can also add some chilli flakes to spice it up a bit as well.

Please tell me how it goes for you. Also please share your variations of this simple dish.

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Hanifa Sekandi

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