Friday, April 8, 2011

Fish? Nuts? Combo it up, baby.

Hey everyone! I haven't been cooking as much lately because I've been feeling a little under the weather, so I've been saving some back-up meals from a few weeks ago.

It was a Sunday night, and Steve and I wanted something we thought of fish! Fish is so good for you, and so much easier than people give it credit for. Plus, this recipe literally has 3 main ingredients...Easy Smeezy! (My favorite saying).

What ya need:

1/3 cup yellow cornmeal
1/4 cup pecans
4 skinless catfish fillets (6 oz each), rinsed and patted dry
Vegetable oil for frying (about 4 TBL)
Salt and pepper for seasoning
Lemon wedges for garnish!

What ya do:

*Grind the cornmeal and pecans with salt and pepper in a food processor until the nuts are finely ground. Transfer to a large, shallow container (or ghetto paper plates like me). Dredge (I love this word) the catfish in the cornmeal mixture, patting it on to coat completely.

*Heat 2 tbl of the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook 2 fish fillets until golden brown and firm to the touch. 4-5 minutes per side. Transfer the fish to a plate, sprinkle with salt and cover to keep warm.

*Wipe the skillet with a paper towel. Repeat with the remaining 2 tbl oil and fish. Serve with lemon wedges, if desired.

I served the fish with a box of rice pilaf (Near East is the best) and some roasted vegetables. If you want to serve the veggies I chose here's what you do:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice 1 zucchini, 1 yellow squash and 1 eggplant into medium slices. Place them on a baking sheet, drizzle some olive oil over the veggies and sprinkle some salt, pepper and garlic powder over them. Bake until lightly browned, or to your liking. The best advice I could ever give, is to experiment everyone! Worst case scenario, your dish tastes a little different than expected, and chances are it's still edible. Cooking is learning..if you try new things, you might come up with something amazing! (And then send the recipe to me...)

There you go folks! Super healthy, easy and delish. When you are in the mood for something lighter, think fish! And maybe some nuts because let's face it, nuts are amazing.

Happy eating!

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