Seared Grouper with Black-Eyed Pea Relish

What is American Heart Month?

American Heart Association

February is American Heart Month, a federally designated event, is an ideal time to remind Americans to focus on their hearts and encourage them to get their families, friends and communities involved. Chances are, we all know someone affected by heart disease and stroke, because about 2,300 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day, an average of 1 death every 38 seconds. Heart disease is the number 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. That’s approximately one woman every minute! But it doesn’t affect all women alike, and the warning signs for women aren’t the same in men.  The biggest part of living healthy comes down to simply making healthy choices. While you can’t change things like age and family history, the good news is that even modest changes to your diet and lifestyle can improve your heart health and lower your risk by as much as 80 percent.

Try this heart healthy recipe for your heart health!

Source: Cooking Light

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped jalapeno
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked black-eyed peas, drained
  • 1 cup quartered cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 ounce chopped pitted Castelvetrano olives (about 1/4 cup)
  • 4 (4oz) grouper fillets

Directions:

  1. Combine 3 tablespoons oil, vinegar, jalapeño, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper in a bowl. Combine peas, tomatoes, onion, parsley, and olives in a bowl. Add oil mixture to pea mixture; toss. Let stand at least 10 minutes.
  2. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Sprinkle fillets evenly with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Add fillets to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Place 1 fillet on each of 4 plates; spoon pea mixture evenly over fillets.

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