Friday, May 14, 2010

Horseradish Encrusted Tilapia $3.16

Nutritional Value:
FISH: 209 calories, 10 carbs, 6 fat, 32 grams protein
ASPARGUS: 75 calories, 7 carbs, 5 fat, 3 protein


I Love Horseradish! Ive loved it since I discovered sushi back in college. Because I love anything with a strong flavor that is generally hot and can open up my tastebuds as well as my nostrils(hey, sorry to be so grafic but a bite of horseradish, even a small bite, can get my nose a runnin.) It feels good though, and consequently, it was thought of in the olden days and maybe even now by some homeopathic believers to be a medicinal(big word huh?)cure to exude toxins from the body when eaten. A teaspoon of horsradish can open up the sinus cavity quicker then any pill form and it is certainly all natural coming from the radish family. Infact as far as nutrients, horseradish contains more vitamin C then any other vegetable, including brocolli. Horseradih is also rich in calcium and sulfer and has been known to treat diabetes.
Our crust for the fish was very basic, but there are lots of ways to alter this recipe to enhance or accent the horseradish flavor. Clearly the horseradish is a strong flavor and will over power the others, but it could be made more subtle with the addition of other ingredients. Kim and I cooked and dined together today and she couldnt be a better partner in the dinner challenge, because she is just like me. We dont freak if we dont have an ingredient, we are great at improvising and we have gotten good at figuiring out what ingredients would go together. Oh, and we know how to keep fat and colories down, do it quick and ofcourse cheaply. Heres our version of Horseradish Encrusted Fish(any fish will do- Tilapia, Orange Roughy, Whitefish, even Salmon)
4 Tilapia Filets $2.64
1 tsp horseradish .10
1/2 tsp dried parsley .05
1/4 cup bread crumbs .10
1/8 tsp garlic salt .02
1/8 paprika .02
1 egg white .08
1/4 tsp butter .10
1/4 lime or lemon.05

set oven to 350
combine all ingredients other then fish,butter and lemon or lime. mix well
spread top of each fish evenly with mixture
place on baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until flakey
remove from oven, pour melted butter evenly on each fish, squeeze with lemon or lime and place under boiler for 1 minute
take out and serve

I loved the fish, and am definitely making it again. I will change the recipe oh so slightly and omit egg next time and include dijon mustard, or maybe lowfat mayo, or possibly a combo of both. Cant wait for next go at it!!

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