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I’ll admit the thought of a fish stew didn’t immediately grab me for a fun weeknight in the kitchen. But upon closer inspection of this recipe, the layers of Mediterranean flavors were very intriguing: garlic, artichoke hearts, capers, green olives, white wine and tomatoes. Wow.

Served over couscous, it didn’t disappoint.  Fresh lemon juice and chopped ginger, cumin and basil, crushed red pepper. So many flavors that intertwine to create a zesty, light — and healthy! — dish.  Tilapia was on sale at the market and it worked out perfectly here.  Give this one a try.

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Salmon has long been my go-to fish for weeknight cooking since it’s easy to find at grocery stores, pretty reliable in terms of quality and very forgiving in preparation. But I recently decided to give these thick, flaky, buttery sea bass filets a try and in doing so rediscovered a fabulous fish that can be dressed up in a flash.

Over high heat in a little olive oil, sear the filets for 2-3 minutes per side to develop a crisp outer layer and seal in the flavors and moisture of the fish. Season simply with salt and pepper.  Then, place the filets in a baking dish with a little white wine, olive oil and clam juice — adding any chopped garlic and fresh herbs — and top with fresh cherry tomatoes, kalamata olives and artichokes.  Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.

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