A fish so nice they named it twice

Mahi-mahi is such a yummy fish taco fish but I don’t know how else to prepare it other than blacken it. That’s when I went on a quest to find a different, yet easy, way to prepare it. Maj other benefit of this recipe is that it’s crazy high in protein because of the nutty crust (and obvi the fish itself).

So for those of us stuck wearing strapless bridesmaid gowns, this will be a great meal for after a solid arm bandit workout! Tone baby tone, ok I digress… anyway short grocery list + 20 minutes =tasty mahi-mahi! Hope you love it as much as I do. (Ps. feel free to serve w sides and all. I dip my mahi pieces into roasted garlic aioli, pretty much eating them like chicken fingers & honey mustard.)

  • 2 6 oz. mahi-mahi fillets
  • 1/4 cup of macadamia nuts finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup of panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp. of regular milk or unsweetened coconut milk
  • olive oil & salt & pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In the food processor chop the nuts until it’s the sam consistency as the breadcrumbs, mix the nuts & breadcrumbs. Whisk together the milk & egg. S&P the fish before coating in egg mixture and coat both sides with the nut panko mix. In a skillet with hot oil (medium to high heat) Sear the fish on both sides for about 3 minutes each before placing in oven for 10 minutes (or until firm/cooked).

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Happy Eating, XO.

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Baked Coconut Chicken Strips

Hey Guys, being back at work is brutal. I figured a tasty, yet quick post manic Monday dinner would be a clutch move. This is ready in under 30 minutes and will help our guilt of eating like shit over the holidays. A lean protein like chicken is the best way to attempt starting our new years resolutions of eating better or at least detoxing the bad eating & drinking we ended 2015 with. Also, this is baked so its much less fat than frying chicken tenders and still has a boat load of flavor from the coconut. Now that I have convinced you to make this for dinner, get cracking in the kitchen!

  • 1.5-2 lbs. of chicken tenderloins
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • salt & pepper to taste (I sprinkled a little garlic powder as well)
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut

Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees, then make sure your baking sheet is greased with a tablespoon of olive oil or I use Trader Joe’s coconut oil cooking spray. Then to create your dredging stations do one bowl with the flour and seasonings, the second bowl with the beaten eggs & milk, and last bowl with the panko and coconut. Dip chicken into flour, shake off excess then dip into egg wash, and lastly into coating mixture. Repeat for all pieces and line on baking sheet. You are baking the strips for about 15-18 minutes, if you think your coating is getting too dark while baking, cover with some foil so that the chicken is cooked through but the coconut isn’t charring. You can serve with jarred thai sweet chili chutney, salsa, or even make your own honey & sriracha sauce.

Happy Eating, XO.

 

Beat the Beet

Beet Salad with Fried Goat Cheese. Oh right, like I wasn’t going to trash up the health benefits of a salad by pan frying cheese. Puhlease. I don’t eat to live, I LIVE to eat. I need it to be tasty! Now, some of you a) don’t want to take the time to fry the goat cheese b) hate goat cheese and its strong flavor. Don’t fret, my pet: use gorgonzola or mozzarella instead! Be your own boss. Anyway, I was jamming out to some beats on the way to work this morning and told myself I was going to make a salad for dinner tonight (you know more time for a dance party when there is no hard cooking involved). Hmm what do I have lying around that could make my salad awesome, yup canned beets. Now I know you are thinking “ew canned veggies” gross on the preservatives etc etc. BUT, I don’t have the time or energy to deal with real beets so get over it. Plus “lipstick” as I used to call it when I was younger (you know because of the way beets stain your lips with that gorgina red/purply color). Anyway, “lipstick” doesn’t need to be fresh, if anything the fresh stuff requires tons of work with either boiling or pickling and listen here, Id rather focus my prep time on my cheese, so there. Oh and now I am going to be a total “Cheeseball” and play MJ’s “Beat It!” for my beet salad. LOL #nerd #corny.

  • 16 oz. log fresh goat cheese
  • 1 can of the DelMonte sliced beets (14.5 oz. and drain them obvi).
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 teaspoons of Italian blend seasoning (I added a pinch of red chili flakes since goat cheese has such a sharp flavor)
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 8 cups of mixed baby greens (or the Sorrento bagged mix at Trader Joe’s)
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup of candied pecans, if you don’t like the sweet some toasted walnuts would work too

Freeze the goat cheese for about 30 minutes until its solid but not totally frozen. While the cheese is hardening, mix together panko bread crumbs, seasoning, salt, pepper, set aside. Set up a breading line in the following order: flour, egg, bread crumbs, parchment/wax paper covered large wooden cutting board. Remove cheese from freezer and slice into 1/2 inch rounds by using plain dental floss or a knife. If using a knife make sure to wipe it off after each cut to stop it from crumbling. If any of your pieces fall apart just pat it together and try to keep a somewhat round shape. It does not have to be perfect. Take goat cheese rounds and dip in flour, then egg and then goat in panko/herb mixture. Lay onto lined cutting board. Continue until all slices have been coated. If your cheese is really soft pop it into the freezer for about 5 minutes to chill. Take a large high-sided skillet, cover the bottom with olive oil and add to range over medium-high heat. Once oil is hot, fry goat cheese rounds until crispy on both sides. Gently remove fried goat cheese from the skillet onto a paper towel lined plate to help soak up any remaining olive oil.  Serve fried goat cheese warm. Toss greens with the nuts and balsamic vinegar, add the beets before laying 1-2 goat cheese rounds atop the salad.

Happy Eating, XO.