Fish and Bacon

Did you know fish and bacon go fabulously together? If you did, congrats; if not, then be prepared to be as pleasantly surprised as I was when I threw this recipe together. Make this. Now.

CURRY CARROT SOUP WITH BACON AND COD
Serves four.
Total cook & prep time: approx. 35 minutes

For the soup:

  • 1 lb carrots (I used baby carrots)
  • 1 cup canned coconut milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp yellow curry (or whatever curry you prefer)
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 4 strips of uncured no-added-nitrates bacon

For the fish:

  • 2 large cod filets (I bought 3 filets and they weighed 2 pounds total), bones and skin removed
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • dried parsley (or fresh, if you have it)
  • dash of salt
  • 2 tsp garlic powder

Cut up the cod filets into bite-sized pieces. [It doesn’t really matter what size, exactly, but the larger the better, as the small ones may break up a bit and end up really tiny. Not a problem, but presentation-wise, bigger looks better!] Put in a bowl with 1 tbsp of the olive oil and all of the seasonings. Mix to coat the fish, then set aside to marinate while you make the soup.

Put the baby carrots in a pot and cover with water. (If you are using whole carrots, cut them into inch-long chunks first.) Bring to a boil and let it boil for about 10 minutes, or until you can easy mash a carrot with a fork. Drain, and put carrots in a blender with all ingredients except for the bacon. Blend on high until the soup is creamy. If you want it thinner, add more coconut milk or water. Pour the soup back into the pot, cover, and put on low heat while you get everything else ready.

Cook the bacon using whatever method you like best (I prefer a pan so I can use the grease for other things). Set the bacon aside on a paper towel.

Coat a large pan in the remaining olive oil over medium heat. When hot, add the cod. After 1-2 minutes, flip each piece carefully. Let cook for one more minute or until each piece is white and flaky but still moist. Try your best not to overcook it!

Divide the soup into four bowls, followed by equal amounts of the cod (but I won’t tell on you if you sneak an extra piece in your bowl, promise!). Finally, crumble one piece of bacon into each bowl. Serve immediately.

Primal, paleo, and 21DSD friendly!

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