Fish is a great protein to add to any low carb or slow carb diet. The problem is many people don’t like fish, or find it too bland when you have to forego the breading. Enter mustard and ground up almonds! Begone Bland! Hey that might be a good domain name to pick up for a new site I’m building. What do you think?
Actually, I would like to talk about this new site that is going to offer all things fitness (diet, wellness, exercise, etc.). I’m calling it Pivottofit.com (aka pivot2fit.com) and it should launch October 1st. More about that later. Right now….focus on the fish. Focus Dorothy, focus.
OK, I’ve been on a high-protein-low-carb diet for 4 years now (versions of slow carb, low carb, ketogenic) and most of the recipes I share focus on chicken, beef and pork proteins for dinner meals. I have added salmon and scallops in as easy to prepare, tasty fish dishes, but every time I cooked white fish of any kind (cod, flounder, tilapia, etc.) it just tasted blah. Easy and quick to make, but blah.
This dish (inspired by Eating Well magazine) was still quick and easy, but it packed a lot of flavor while still being compliant with a slow carb diet. Here’s the recipe….enjoy!
Almond Crusted Cod with Dijon Mustard base
- 1 lemon, zest and juice
- 1/2 cup almonds, coarsely chopped
- 1 Tbsp dill, either fresh or from the tube
- 1 Tbsp plus 2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- Salt & pepper
- 4 cod filets (or halibut or other thick white fish)
- 4 tsp Dijon mustard
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Either use parchment paper or coat a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.
- Zest the lemon over a small bowl. Grind/chop the almonds to a coarse texture (I used a Vitamix blender).
- Add the almonds to the bowl, along with the lemon juice, the dill, 1 Tbsp oil and salt and pepper.
- Pat the thawed out fish dry and place on the prepared baking sheet. Spread each filet with 1 tsp mustard and then divide the almond mixture among the 4 filets, pressing it evenly onto the mustard.
- Bake the fish until opaque at the thickest part, about 7 minutes for most.
- Cover and keep warm. We served it here with a spinach-egg-drop soup.
I’ll keep posting more slow carb and low carb recipes on this blog until the new site is up and running (remember the name pivot2fit.com).
In the meantime, if you want one-to-one coaching on diet and exercise visit me over at this online coaching site (there are also coaches there that coach on productivity, meditation, saving money and a host of other things).