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Poached Cod in Clam Soup with Leek and Bacon

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I am always trying to find new ways to enjoy foods I love to accommodate my new health conditions. I love clams but it is high in salt content. I also love bacon (who doesn’t!) but the salt and fat contents makes it prohibitive. This recipe allows me to enjoy them in moderation, diluting the unhealthy aspects while extracting maximum flavor. Slow poaching cod in the soup allows the flavors to soak in and produced delicious tender fish. This recipe uses no salt because the flavor comes from the ingredients. Enjoy!

Further Food Commentary:

Fish is a great choice of protein to cook with as it is generally low-calorie, and cod, especially, is so tasty and has such a rich texture you don’t feel like you’re depriving yourself of any flavor! Many types of fish (including cod, salmon, mackerel, herring, lake trout, and sardines) are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which keep our hearts healthy by reducing triglyceride levels, and reducing plaque in our arteries.

By Samantha Bernstein Gordon, RD
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Poached Cod in Clam Soup with Leek and Bacon

  • Prep Time:10 minutes
  • Cook Time:20 minutes
  • Servings: 2

Ingredients

12 clams
1 stalk of leek (halved and quartered lengthwise into strips)
2 strips of smoked bacon (chopped)
2 cups cold water
10-12 ounces cod (cut into equal pieces)
fresh ground pepper (to taste)

Instructions

  1. Place clams, leek and bacon into a large sauce pan.
  2. Pour water and mix the ingredients. Close pan with lid and place over high heat.
  3. When the water boils, open lid and watch for clams to open up. Take the clams out immediately as they open and set aside.
  4. Place cod pieces, lower heat and place lid.
  5. Braise until fish is flakey and opaque, about 5-7 minutes.
  6. Gently take out the cod pieces with a spatula, set aside.
  7. Strain the soup with cheese cloth or fine mesh strainer.
  8. Divide cod and clams, with or without shells, into two bowls.
  9. Add leek, bacon and clear soup as desired.
  10. Sprinkle some fresh ground pepper, if desired.
  11. Pair with favorite bread for dipping and enjoy!
Place clams, leek and bacon into a large sauce pan. Pour water and mix the ingredients. Close pan with lid and place over high heat. When the water boils, open lid and watch for clams to open up. Take the clams out immediately as they open and set aside. Place cod pieces, lower heat and place lid. Braise until fish is flakey and opaque, about 5-7 minutes. Gently take out the cod pieces with a spatula, set aside. Strain the soup with cheese cloth or fine mesh strainer. Divide cod and clams, with or without shells, into two bowls. Add leek, bacon and clear soup as desired. Sprinkle some fresh ground pepper, if desired. Pair with favorite bread for dipping and enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Per Serving:  Calories: 265; Total Fat: 6g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 40mg; Sodium: 297mg; Potassium: 348mg; Carbohydrate: 10g; Fiber: 1g; Sugar: 2g; Protein: 17g

 

Nutrition Bonus:   Iron: 15%

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