Using sustainable seafood and lots of phytonutrient and fibre rich vegetables, your gut will love this.
Using some of my favourite ingredients this recipe of mine is from Happy Hormone Cookbook –
Okra provides a really good source of insoluble fibre, which helps slow down the rate at which carbs are absorbed into our bodies. This fibre also helps to prevent and relieve constipation. This means our bodies can improve excretion of unwanted female hormones and toxins. There’s also lots of great soluble and insoluble fibre in many of the other ingredients such as black beans, avocado and onions. Your gut is especially going to love this wholesome dish.
What’s In it:
- 240g (9oz) squid or calamari, prepared for eating by the seafood supplier
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
- 1 long green chilli, split, deseeded and finely chopped
- 1 big pinch salt
- 1 big pinch freshly ground pepper
- 1 tsp coriander powder
- ½ tsp smoked paprika (the smoked paprika makes all the difference)
- 2 tsp dried Greek oregano
- 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 large red onion, finely sliced
- 175g (6oz) okra, washed and roughly sliced diagonally
- 200g (7oz) cherry tomatoes, washed
- 140g (5oz) cooked black beans (cook your own or use canned)
- Pinch salt and freshly ground pepper
- 2 tbsp goat or sheep feta
- ½ lime, cut into 2 wedges
- Handful coriander/cilantro leaves, washed and chopped
- ½ large ripe avocado,peeled and flesh chopped into small pieces
How To Make:
Cut the calamari into large chunks or thick rings and toss with garlic, chilli, salt, pepper, coriander, paprika and oregano and 1 tablespoon of oil. Leave marinating in the fridge whilst you cook the vegetables.
In a large frying pan/skillet add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil, along with the okra and onions. Fry on medium heat, stirring frequently.
Once the onions have softened, after about 5 minutes, add the tomatoes. Cook until the tomatoes begin to soften and break up. Then add the black beans to warm and add a pinch of salt and pepper.
Once warmed through, divide the vegetable and black beans onto 2 serving plates.
Wipe out the pan and heat on high, adding the calamari once the pan is hot. Sear the calamari until it is just cooked and firmed up, about 1 minute, stirring occasionally.
Pop the calamari on top of the vegetables, squeeze over the lime juice, crumble over the feta, and scatter on the coriander and avocado.
(recipe in The Happy Hormone Cookbook)