In this Fertility boosting recipe from my book ‘Eat Yourself Pregnant’ the oily richness of trout contrasts beautifully with the sweet lychees and peppery rocket leaves. Hot-smoked trout requires no preparation, making this a speedy, healthy lunch or evening meal. Trout is an oily fish and a useful source of omega-3 fats. It’s also rich in protein and B-vitamins, including niacin, B12 and B6, which are important for ovulation.
Serves: 2 • Preparation time: 10 minutes • Cooking time: 2 minutes
Fertility Boosting Recipe for Flaked Trout
60g/2¼oz/heaped ⅓ cup cashew nuts
2 large handfuls of rocket leaves
½ cucumber, halved lengthways, deseeded and sliced
10 lychees, peeled, halved and pitted
1 handful of basil leaves, roughly chopped
1 handful of mint leaves, roughly chopped
1 handful of coriander leaves, roughly chopped
1 red chilli, deseeded and diced
½ red onion, diced
225g/8oz hot-smoked trout
Sweet Lime Dressing
Juice of 2 limes
2 tsp xylitol
1–2 tbsp fish sauce, to taste
1. Lightly toast the cashews in a dry frying pan over a medium heat for about 1 minute, stirring.
2. Blanch the mangetout in a saucepan of boiling water for 30 seconds, then drain and refresh under cold water.
3. Put the mangetout in a serving bowl with the rocket, cucumber, lychees, herbs, chilli and onion and toss together. Break up the trout and scatter over the top of the salad, then sprinkle with the toasted cashews.
4. To make the dressing, mix together the lime juice, xylitol and fish sauce in a non-reactive bowl. Drizzle over the salad and serve.
Nutritional information per serving:
Carbohydrate 35.8g, of which sugars
Fat 20.1g, of which saturates 4g
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This and more delicious recipes are in Zita’s best selling book Eat Yourself Pregnant.