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Sunday, April 17, 2011

fish and chips...all homemade-like

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I think I blew my kid's mind tonight.

I already shared my meal plan for the week and in order to decide what we were going to have for dinner today, I got Lil Z to pick the meal from the photos in the magazine (one of the advantages of planning from a beautifully-photographed magazine). She picked the fish and chips, which I found interesting, because I don't usually serve food like that at home. Maybe it's something she eats at daycare?

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At any rate, I'm pretty sure her mind was completely blown when she learned today that fish sticks are made from pieces of fish (at least mine are) and that chips are made from potatoes. Woah.

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As mentioned before, this week's meal plan is from the May/April issue of Clean Eating (my fave magazine in the whole world right now). Lil Z honed in on the tilapia fish sticks, with dill potato chips and coleslaw. The recipe had an optional tartar sauce that is pretty much the best thing I've ever had. Wow. It was not at all like a normal tartar sauce (i.e., uber sweet, cloying and crazy processed). This was sophisticated, tangy and delicious. And the beauty of using the menu from Clean Eating is that the ingredient that tend to go bad before being used up (in my fridge at least) are used for multiple recipes - cabbage, cottage cheese, etc. I like that, because I hardly ever go through a whole head of cabbage.

Of course, given the cabbage's gaseous properties on one's digestive system, I may like this less as the week goes on. ;)

tilapia sticks with potato chips and coleslaw
stolen and slightly modified from Clean Eating (April/May 2011)
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1 slice whole grain bread
1/2 lb yellow potatoes, scrubbed
2 T olive oil, divided
1/2 t sea salt
1 t dried dill

1/4 head cabbage, thinly sliced
1 large carrot, peeled and grated
(1 large apple, cut into matchsticks - I omitted because I knew it would brown)
1 1/2 t cider vinegar
1/2 t ground mustard
1 egg
3/4 lb boneless, skinless tilapia fillet
1/2 t dried garlic
1/2 t thyme

Sauce:
1/2 c 1% cottage cheese
2 t fresh lemon juice
1 T water
2 t capers, drained
1/2 t dried dill
1/4 c minced celery
fresh ground pepper

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. In a food processor, process bread into crumbs. Set aside.

2. Slice potatoes as thinly as possible (I used a mandoline).

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The fruits of my labours:
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Spread out evenly on baking sheet. Drizzle with oil (I was lazy and spayed with my Misto). Sprinkle with salt.

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Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown. As soon as they come out of the oven, sprinkle with dill and lightly toss to comine.

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3. Prepare slaw: In a large bowl, combine cabbage, carrot, radishes and (apple). In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, mustard and 1 T oil. Toss with cabbage mixture.

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4. Prepare fish sticks. I processed the tilapia briefly in my food processor (it was already dirty from the breadcrumbs).
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You can also chop very finely. Add chopped tilapia to egg and 1/4 c bread crumbs. Add 1/2 t dried garlic and 1/2 t thyme, as well as a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Use hands (or a silicone spatula) to thoroughly combine.

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5. Divide fish mixture into eight equal portions, shaping each into a rectangular stick about 2.5 inches long. Pour the remaining bread crumbs onto a deep plate. Dredge each stick in bread crumbs, pressing lightly to coat each side.

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6. (The original recipe said to saute. I am lazy - I baked. It worked great). Prehead oven to 400F. Arrange fish sticks on parchment paper (I re-used the same stuff from the potatoes). Spray fish sticks lightly with olive oil. Bake for about 16 minutes. I then broiled for two minutes to ensure optimum crunch.

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7. While the fish sticks are in the oven, mix together the cottage cheese, lemon juice and water in a blender/food processor (I used an immersion blender). Then add the capers, dill, celery and pepper.

Voila! Enjoy.

7 comments:

Sweet Pea and Potato said...

Friday is fish day around these parts; thanks for giving me a new recipe to try, it sounds AWESOME!

grimeysgal said...

What a great recipe! I never thought of making them with Tilapia - I usually make our Fish and Chips with Haddock. Maybe I'll try this on Friday for "Good Friday". ;) Thanks for the idea!

Sarah said...

OOh good idea. I totally skipped over the recipe inthe magazine but seeing how easy it was for you and that you baked them makes me want to revisit it!

Zhu said...

I really like the homemade potato chips. Thanks for the picture too... I must admit I was wondering how to slice them so thin!

Chad said...

Never thought this meal could be so healthy!!

Sweet Pea and Potato said...

Just wanted to say that we ended up making it for Good Friday and loved it! I would have loved it even more had hubs picked up a different fish :P The coleslaw has made a couple of reappearances ever since ;)

Kristyne said...

I made this for dinner tonight. The potatoes took slightly longer to brown in my oven, and I ended up upping the temperature and turning the oven to convection roast to speed up the process once I hit the 20 minute mark and they still weren't done. They were cut quite thinly, so I'm not sure why they took so long.

My oldest son, who hates fish, gobbled up his fish stick and called it the best meatloaf he's ever had. (I didn't have the heart to tell him it was fish.) I cook a few of them in a little bit of olive oil in the fry pan and baked the rest in the oven. While all were really tasty, the pan-fried ones were by far our fave.

Thanks for such a yummy recipe, Leslie!

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