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A Simple Fish Dinner

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I know that I should eat more fish.   I don’t care for fish.  I can’t stand fish that actually has that fishy taste.  When I have to eat fish, I prefer it to be double battered, dipped in every kind of sauce there is…….that way I can pretend it is something other than fish.  Over the years, I have tried all kinds of ways to make fish at home, besides the way I can eat it….anything to make it bearable.   This recipe will walk you through an super easy way to fry fish.   I usually buy Swai in big bags at Walmart.  Some people like Tilapia, as well.  I can eat either, but Swai is my preference.

For the crust, I used 4 of these:

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Placing it all in the food processor to create my own “italian bread crumbs.”

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After adding a bit of salt and pepper to the bread crumbs, I coated the fish and placed them into a frying pan on medium heat.  I had previously GENEROUSLY sprayed it with Pam Cooking Spray.

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The first photo above is when I first placed the fish in the pan.  Second photo is once it was flipped.  Notice the nice browning that occurred.  I did have to spray Pam in the pan several times during the cooking process.

The Dill Side Sauce was simply two ingredients:

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It ended up looking like this:

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and was absolutely YUMMY with the fish (I know, I was trying to steer clear of using Greek Yogurt, but after researching it all day, I decided I might add it to my grocery list).

Drinking lots of water today and even walked/jogged 3.14 miles.

On a side note, my daughter, who attends UNC – Chapel Hill, got stuck in traffic due to this terrible winter storm we were experiencing.  She went to the grocery store that is 5 minutes from her apartment, but while in there it started to snow.  She grabbed four things and headed home…….6.5 hours later, she abandoned her car at the entrance of her neighborhood and trekked through the snow and sleet with her bag of goodies to safety.  I am very thankful to all my FaceBook Prayer Warriors who prayed during that time.  Now to rescue her car.  :/

 

Shrimp with Roasted Peppers, Onions and Tomato (or Salad)

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Thought I better add a dinner option (or two) for those of you wanting to know something simple and low calorie for dinner.  Here is a simple shrimp fried in Pam with a roasted pepper, onion and tomato side.

I think the shrimp preparation is self-explanatory (if not, ask and I will try to explain).  Note:  I am not a cooking guru and one time I may overcook the shrimp – next time it might be perfect.  I guarantee you I won’t undercook them, though.  

For the vegetables, I simply cut them to the desired size, placed them into a pan (or on a baking sheet), sprinkled them with salt and pepper and a little dribble of canola oil.  I realize that heating the oil for a diet may not be a good thing but there was so very little, I hope I won’t notice it on the scales when weigh.  

If you aren’t a peppers and onions fan, but prefer a salad alternative, here is a tasty look at a salad:

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I would not opt to put the cheese on it (for my diet), but if you are a male and need the extra calories and protein, I would add it along with a chopped hard boiled egg.  Men tend to need more protein that women, so that is why you see it here.  I added a bit of Paul Newman’s Lite Sesame Ginger Dressing and YUM.

A dressing alternative:

Take that boiled egg you were going to chop up and get the yolk out of it.  Chop the white and put it on your salad.

Take the yolk + 2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar + 2 tsp of Canola Oil – whisk together and put on salad.  Amazing how it coats everything!

February 11, 2014 – Apple Spice Cake

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So, today is Tuesday, February 11, 2014.  We are having bad weather, thanks to Winter Storm Pax.  Since I got out of school early, today, I decided to work on an Apple Spice Cake that would meet all of my criteria.  I had a couple of other recipes to work with, so here is my “tweaked” recipe.  I would credit the other recipes, but they were hand-written and I have no idea where they came from.

Apple Spice Cake:

Ingredients

1 c. Vanilla Protein Powder

1/4 c. non-fat dry Milk

3 level tsp. a diet sweetener

1 c. unprocessed bran (I bought this from Swanson)

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. lemon peel

1 pkg. Alpine Diet Apple Cider Drink Mix packet

1 tsp cinnamon (or more if you like cinnamon as much as I do)

1/2 tsp nutmeg

8 eggs

1 TBSP Vanilla Extract

1 TBSP Butter Flavored Extract

2 Cups unsweetened Applesauce

Preparation

Beat eggs and flavorings until light and fluffy. Add combined dry ingredients to egg mixture and fold in applesauce. Mix well. Pour into 9×13 pan or Bundt Pan sprayed with Pam. Bake at 350 for 35 minutes. Cool and cut cake into 8 pieces.

Note:  If using a Bundt Pan, it takes about an hour to cook.   Also, use care when folding in applesauce.   I noticed this is a very very moist cake.  I like it better when chilled in the refrigerator.  I would suggest storing it in there, too – with all of the eggs and applesauce.

Yield:  8 Servings. Each serving equals 1/3 protein and 1/4 fruit portions and daily protein powder.