Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Eating like a Kid- Fish Nuggets and Tarter Sauce

You know what is fantastic? Life seems to eventually work out. A year ago I was not in a good place mentally, struggling in a bad relationship and just overall down. I was probably not being the best mom or teacher I could be because I was distracted. My weight was plummeting because I wasn't eating enough (I am an under-eater when stressed while some have the opposite problem) and because of that my workouts were suffering. Fast forward to now and I don't remember a time when I have ever been so happy. 
Matt is more than I could have asked for in a partner and probably the most thoughtful person I have ever met...

Work is going well. I am the alternate for our gym's CrossFit Regional team...

Charlie is fantastic...

 We adopted an 8-week old chihuahua/dachshund/rat terrier named Annie... 

AND I got engaged! I am so gushy with happiness I annoy myself. 

Ok, food. I am not going to lie... this recipe was made because during meal prep I was trying to think of something Charlie would eat too. Turns out Matt and I both thought it was delicious so we made it two weeks in a row for ourselves because Charlie was one and done on both- but don't worry child, we will try again! 

Fish Nuggets

- 1 lb Tilapia Filets (or Cod)
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
- 1/4 tsp Paprika
- 1/3 Cup Arrowroot Powder
- 1 Egg
- Water
- 1 Cup Gluten-Free Panko (Japanese Bread Crumbs)
- Olive Oil Spray

Preheat oven to 450 degrees and prepare a cookie sheet with either parchment or a non-stick jelly roll pan. 
1. Cut the fish into 1.5-2" chunks. In three bowls, or plates, do the following: 1) Arrowroot powder, salt, pepper, paprika 2) Egg whisked with a splash of water (about 1 Tbsp) 3) Breadcrumbs

2. Like an assembly line: Dredge the fish in bowl 1, shake off the excess, dip into the egg mixture, dredge in the panko. Place each chunk on the cookie sheet. Spray with olive oil spray.
3. Bake for 12-15 minutes until they are crispy and firm to the touch, turning half way.

Nutrition Facts
Servings 4.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 175
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3 g5 %
Saturated Fat 1 g4 %
Monounsaturated Fat 1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 96 mg32 %
Sodium 408 mg17 %
Potassium 23 mg1 %
Total Carbohydrate 11 g4 %
Dietary Fiber 0 g1 %
Sugars 0 g
Protein 23 g46 %
Vitamin A3 %
Vitamin C0 %
Calcium3 %
Iron6 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Tarter Sauce

2/3 cup avocado oil
2 tsp lemon juice
1 egg
1/4 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp Dijon mustard
2 Tbsp Pickle Relish
Salt and pepper

1. Combine all the ingredients except the relish in a bowl and whisk until thick. (Side note: I put all the ingredients in a mason jar and use an immersion blender... same result in literally less than a minute and then if you have extra you already have a container to store it :) Hand mix in the relish and taste for more salt/pepper/relish. This can be stored in the fridge for 5 days and will thicken. 

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