Caribbean Fish Stew

I made this for dinner tonight.  Man, does it make a lot!  I couldn’t follow the recipe exactly, mostly because my grocery store didn’t have the right fish, saffron or light coconut milk. I was a bit nervous because I don’t normally cook any kind of fish, let alone lots of different fish all at once.  It definitely turned out better than I expected.

Here is the recipe.  The things I did differently are in italics.


  • 1 tsp. oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 2 cups canned crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup clam juice
  • 1 cup canned light coconut milk (regular coconut milk)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp crushed saffron threads (I didn’t have any)
  • 3/4 lb. small red potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1/2 lb grouper fillet, cut into cubes (I used tilapia)
  • 1/2 lb red snapper fillet, cut into cubes (I used halibut)
  • 1/2 lb large shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 24 littleneck clams (I used a can of clams)
  • 1 fresh thyme sprig (I used 1.5 tsp dried thyme)


  1. Warm the oil in a large nonstick pot over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic; cook for 5 minutes or until soft.
  2. Add the tomatoes, clam juice, coconut milk, water, saffron, and potatoes.  Cook for 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  3. Add the fishes, clams, shrimp and thyme.  Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until the clams have opened and the shrimp have turned color. Discard the thyme sprig and any unopened clams.

This makes a lot because it’s meant to serve six.  If you make it by following the original recipe there are 299 calories and 6 grams of fat per serving.

This recipe is from the Alli Diet Plan book, by Caroline Apovian, ISBN 978-0-696-23538-2.

Almost Back to Normal

The library was closed today in observance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.  I slept in and it was soooo nice.  I had our bed all to myself.  I could stretch out across it, lay diagonally and hog the pillows and blankets to my heart’s content.  Sleeping in by yourself is much different than sleeping in with your husband by your side, but both are nice.

I finally dragged myself out of bed and goofed off on the internet for awhile before remembering that I had some new games in from GameFly to try out.  I went back upstairs and changed into workout clothes (because one of them is a workout game) and got to it.  I’ll review the games later, but suffice it to say that I got really sweaty, my muscles were sore/tired and I was completely out of breath.

Then I got ready for the day and realized that I hadn’t done anything useful.  *sigh*  Listening to the Procrastination Angel again…  Well, DH and I bought some plastic bins for the Christmas decorations so I took down the Christmas tree today.  A lot of the rest of the decorations are still up, but they require cleaning so they’ll come down on our next wash day.  The house is almost back to normal.

I also planned an upcoming trip to Monterey and Hearst Castle, and cooked Caribbean Fish Stew for dinner.  Now my hands smell like fish – ugh!  I’ll post the recipe in another entry.

Yup, that’s what I did with my day off.  Pretty uneventful, huh?  But it was nice to sit and do nothing for awhile.

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