Roasted Fish Casserole

Welcome to 2018! Thank you for your enthusiastic response to Effortless Entertaining – we’ve nearly sold out of our first run! Thanks also for the wonderful eggnog emails! I’ve tucked away a few fun facts you passed along to share in our next December issue.

I want to start the year by answering a few EE-related questions and by treating you to a healthy, hearty recipe that may be just the thing if you and yours, like me and mine, are trying to reset after making too much merry!

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And now a Dash of Effortless Entertaining deliciousness . . .

Looking for a great way to stay warm in these record-cold days of winter? Cook comfort food! And good news for us eggnog imbibers: Comfort food doesn’t have to come with all the calories!

One of my favorite resources for clean living is Dr. Mark Hyman, medical director of the Cleveland Center for Functional Medicine, and author of The Blood Sugar Solution:10-Day Detox Diet. This recipe for Roasted Fish Casserole is just what the doctor ordered for a weeknight favorite. It’s hearty, healthy, and full of flavor . . . and yes, it’s effortless!

Roasted Fish Casserole

Serves 4     Adapted from The Blood Sugar Solution: 10-Day Detox Diet


4 bass or cod fillets, 4–6 oz ea
salt and pepper
2 tbsp olive oil, divided
2 med fennel bulbs, trimmed and thinly sliced
2 leeks, sliced (white part only)
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups vegetable stock
4 Roma tomatoes, diced
6 sprigs thyme
2 lemons, thinly sliced
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
½ cup pitted Kalamata olives, rinsed and halved
12 cups fresh baby spinach


Season fish with salt and pepper.

Over medium-high heat, heat 1 tbsp olive oil in large ovenproof skillet or Le Creuset. Add fish and brown for about 2 min on each side. Remove from pan and set aside.

To the same pan, add 1 tbsp olive oil. Add fennel and leeks; cook for 4 min. Add garlic and cook 1 min. Add vegetable stock and tomatoes; cook for 5 min. Return the fish to the pan and add 2 thyme sprigs, half the lemon slices, parsley, and olives. Cover and roast in the oven at 350˚ for 20 min.

While the fish is cooking, heat ¼ cup water in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the spinach and cover for about 2 min. Drain in a strainer.

To serve, divide the spinach in 4 shallow soup bowls. Place a piece of fish in each bowl on top of the spinach. Spoon vegetables and broth into each bowl. Garnish with remaining thyme and lemon slices.


  • Make things easy and prep all ingredients earlier in the day.
  • Submerge the sliced leeks in water to rinse thoroughly.
  • I prepare this dish in a shallow Le Creuset that goes from stovetop to oven.
  • You may want to serve this with a Bibb lettuce and cucumber salad lightly dressed with a lemon olive oil, such as Round Pond Meyer Lemon Olive Oil, salt, and freshly ground pepper.

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Round Pond Meyer Lemon Olive Oil, available here

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Le Creuset – available here

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