I realized this morning that I have been waiting for things in my life to calm down so that I can sit and complete this post that I have had saved in my drafts for about a month now. Ya know what? I am now learning that often times life doesn't just calm down. Instead I am now living within the chaos of this beautiful amazing life that God has given me.
So......here we go. I eat quite a bit of fish since the Omega 3's calm inflammation. It can get a bit boring and goodness knows I don't like boring when it comes to what's on my plate. I experimented with crusted cod but, instead of bread crumbs or flour, I used finely ground almonds. What I came up with was absolutely delicious and added even more anti-inflammatory benefits because of the Omega 3's in the almonds. It has become one of my husbands favorite meals!
First, I ground up almonds to a fine consistency in my mini food chopper.
Then, I placed the almonds in one bowl with Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper and mixed them together.
Then I beat egg whites with a touch of Dijon in the next bowl, and in the last bowl was more Parmesan cheese. I dipped the cod in each bowl starting with the almond/Parmesan bowl making sure to coat all sides of the cod.
Then, placed them in a casserole dish that had been lightly sprayed with olive oil.
I baked them in a 375 degree oven for 25 minutes. Cooking time depends on the size of your fillets. Insert a meat thermometer to make sure the cod gets to 130-135 degrees Fahrenheit.
Almond Parmesan Crusted Cod
1 cup almonds
1 cup Parmesan
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
4 Cod Fillets
Grind almonds in a mini chopper until finely chopped. Pour into a bowl and mix with 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.
In another bowl, beat 2 egg whites together with Dijon mustard.
In a third bowl put the remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese.
Dip each piece of cod in first the almond/Parmesan mix coating on each side. Then into the egg white/Dijon mixture, coating on each side. Then lightly coat each side with the Parmesan in the third bowl.
Place coated cod in a casserole dish that has been lightly sprayed with olive oil. Bake uncovered in a 375 degree oven for 20-25 minutes. Make sure cod reaches an internal temperature of 130-135 degrees by inserting a meat thermometer in the center of the cod.