Posts Tagged ‘Fish’

CITRUS-GLAZED SALMON WITH AVOCADO SALSA

Impress someone with very little effort with this gorgeousness!  Fast and easy this dish has the lightest flavors, but they all work to make it spicy-sweet and the salmon buttery-smooth.  If you can, using fresh salmon with this is the best.

(The only reason my salsa looks sooooo gorgeous is because all I could get my hands on was a semi-ripe avocado!  Ripe ones are far better, but can make it slightly “muddy”.  Mix the remaining ingredients and then gently stir in the avocado…beautiful!!)

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Four 6-ounce fresh salmon filets
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
4 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon allspice
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Salsa:
1 large avocado, diced
1/2 cup diced red onion
1 orange, diced
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded, ribs removed, and diced OR 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, minced
Kosher salt and black pepper to taste

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In a baking dish combine the olive oil and the orange juice.  Lay salmon in it and turn to coat.  In a small bowl combine the salt, onion powder, paprika, black pepper, allspice, and cayenne pepper.  Sprinkle over each side of salmon filets.  Set aside to marinate for 30 minutes.

In a small bowl combine the avocado, red onion, orange, jalapeno, and cilantro.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Cover and chill.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high and lightly coat with olive oil or vegetable cooking spray.  Add the salmon and cook for 4-5 minutes; turn and cook on the other side for 2-3 minutes or until fish flakes easily.  Serve with chilled avocado salsa.  Makes 4  (or 8 Weight Loss Surgery) servings.

Per regular-sized serving:  412 Cal; 42 g Protein, 20 g Tot Fat, 8 g Carb; 2 g Fiber; 4 g Sugar; 688 mg Sodium

Per WLS Serving: 206 Cal; 21 g Protein; 10 g Tot Fat; 4 g Carb; 1 g Fiber; 2 g Sugar; 344 mg Sodium

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ROASTED RED PEPPER AND FISH CHOWDER

This soup sounds fussy, but is really pretty easy and is protein-packed with moist, flaky white fish. Prepare a crisp Caesar salad that you can eat, too, and a pan of hot whole wheat rolls for the family.

You can leave out the corn, but it gives a nutty sweetness  – and it’s gorgeous! If you decide to though, add one more cup of peppers…maybe orange, or yellow for contrast.

 

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1 1/2 cup diced red peppers (1 large)
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup frozen corn, thawed
1 cup diced onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons flour
Two 14.5 ounce cans reduced-sodium chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon tarragon
1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper
1/2 teaspoon parsley
1/2 teaspoon oregano
Dash freshly grated nutmeg
Pinch red pepper flakes
1/2 cup fat-free half & half or evaporated milk
3/4 -1 pound halibut, tilapia or other firm white fish, cut into bite-sized pieces

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and place diced red peppers on foil. Drizzle with 1/2 teaspoon of the olive oil and toss to coat. Roast for 10 minutes. Stir and add corn. Roast for 10 minutes more. Remove from oven and set aside.

In a large saucepan add the remaining olive oil and cook onions and garlic over medium heat for 8-10 minutes or until just starting to turn golden. Add peppers and corn mixture. Add flour and stir in until well combined. Add chicken broth, salt, black pepper, tarragon, lemon pepper, parsley, oregano, nutmeg, red pepper flakes, and half & half. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Add fish and simmer for 5 minutes longer or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Makes 4  servings – about 1 1/4 cups each.

Per Serving: 249 Cal; 25 g Protein; 8 g Tot Fat; 16 g Carb; 2 g Fiber; 4 g Sugar; 330 mg Sodium

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FISH & ZUCCHINI

A dish full of good for you veggies and high-protein fish – moist flavorful protein and very low in simple carbs.

This dish is easy to put together…while it’s simmering make a pot of rice for your family (use chicken broth for part of the water and throw in some herbs) and toss together a crispy green salad. Dinner’s ready with hardly any fuss.

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2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 cup diced zucchini
1/2 cup diced celery
2 garlic cloves, minced
One 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley, or 2 teaspoons dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 bay leaf
1 pound Talapia or other firm, white fish, cut into 1-inch pieces (OR shrimp)
1/4 cup cold water
1 teaspoon cornstarch

In a large skillet, cook onion, celery, zucchini, and garlic in olive oil over medium heat until tender – about 5 minutes. Stir in undrained tomatoes, salt, paprika, cayenne pepper, and bay leaf. Bring to boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

Discard bay leaf. In a small bowl stir together water and cornstarch. Stir cornstarch mixture and fish into tomato mixture. Simmer over low heat 5-7 minutes or until thickened and fish flakes easily with a fork. Makes 6 servings.

Per Serving: 142 Cal; 15 g Protein; 6 g Tot Fat; 8 g Carb; 1 g Fiber; 2 g Sugar; 60 mg Sodium

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Unconventional? Who cares?!

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BAKED FISH AU GRATIN

Another OLD recipe…(Again…I’m glad I’ve gotten better with my camera!)

I know, I know…some don’t think you should put cheese on fish (mostly my Italian friend!)…but Hon loves this and so I make it for him frequently.

He actually tasted a dish like it at a local restaurant and asked me to try to try and recreate it.  Says this is pretty darn close.

This makes the fish super moist – and it seems hard to over cook it this way.  I like to use Tilapia simply because it’s so mild and doesn’t disentigrate in the sauce.

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Vegetable cooking spray
1 pound firm white fish fillets such as talapia, or halibut
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon flour
3/4 cup milk or fat-free half & half
1 teaspoon lemon pepper
1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and coat a long baking dish with cooking spray. Pat fish dry with a paper towel and place in a single layer in baking dish. In a small saucepan melt butter over medium heat. Add flour and cook for one minute. Add half & half, lemon pepper and bring to a boil, stirring constantly until thickened. Spoon mixture over fillets. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove fish from oven and sprinkle with cheese, continue baking for 10 minutes more or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

Makes 4 servings. Per Serving: Calories 264; Protein 26 g; Fat 11 g; Carbs 5 g; Sugar 0 g; Sodium 325 mg

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