Brazilian fish stew

Easy Fish, Veggie and Coconut Stew

Did you know that there was a Paleo blood type?

According to Dr. Peter D’Adamo, the author of Eat Right for your Blood Type, blood type O  easily digests red meat and other animal protein.

The O blood type is the oldest on earth, going back to the Paleolithic era. It’s the blood type of early hunters and gathers. This type feels best when avoiding gluten and greatly reducing grains. Grains and gluten tend to make type Os put on weight.

I’m an O negative type. It’s rare (only 7 percent of the population), while O positive  types comprise 40 percent of the population.

Sometimes I am a guilty carnivore because I love animals, but I also know that my body would not feel well as a vegetarian. I would feel tired, cranky and weak.

Surprisingly, O types need to eat more salt water fish and seaweed than meat. We need it for the high iodine content to keep the thyroid healthy. Type Os have a challenge with maintaining adequate iodine levels.

That’s why this week I made a Brazilian fish stew, which was also dairy-free because Os also do poorly with dairy.

I’ve been eating dairy all along, because it is my favorite food. But I suspect I’d feel better without it. I decided to experiment with cutting out dairy for a month in hopes of having more energy and losing more weight. (Weight loss has plateaued lately).

This stew was incredibly comforting, flavorful, healthy and darn good for me.

The blood type diet is controversial as there’s no scientific studies to back it up. It works for some people but not everyone.

My intuition tells me to try it. I’ll report my results at the end of January.

But for now let’s talk soup..



1 1/2 fillets of cod bones removed, cut into large pieces
4 Tbsp lime or lemon juice
1/4 cup green onion greens, chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, seeded, de-stemmed, chopped
15 cherry tomatoes sliced
1 Tbsp paprika
Pinch of cayenne
1 large bunch of cilantro, chopped
1 14-ounce can coconut milk
2 tablespoons of fish sauce
2 to 3 cups of broth (beef, chicken or fish will work)
Package of broccoli slaw
1 large sweet potato, chopped into smaller pieces


I love making stew because you can throw all the ingredients in at once and simmer on medium low heat for an hour. You can make this on the stove top or in a slow cooker. 

Put the broth in a pot and add all the ingredients listed above in any order you desire. Simmer on the stove for an hour on low heat uncovered. If too much broth evaporates then simply add some water to reconstitute it.

Serve with some fresh cilantro.


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