Baked Fish and Chips

Serves: 4 | Serving size: 2 fish strips, 1 cup potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups potatoes (4 medium)
  • 1 tablespoon oil (canola or vegetable)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 fish fillets, thawed (wild salmon, about 3 oz. each)
  • 3 cups cornflakes
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/3 cup flour

Directions:

  1. The potatoes (chips) take longer to bake. Once they are in the oven, prepare the fish.
  2. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  3. Scrub potatoes under running water using a clean vegetable brush. Cut in half and then into 1/4 inch slices.
  4. Combine potatoes, oil, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Stir so potatoes are covered with oil.
  5. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking oil spray and lay slices out in a single layer.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes. Turn potatoes over and bake for 15 minutes more (for a total of 30 minutes).
  7. Cut each fillet into two strips.
  8. Place cornflakes in a plastic ziplock bag. Crush by rolling a glass over the bag.
  9. Beat egg and water together in a bowl.
  10. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking oil spray. Put flour in a dish. Dip each strip into flour, then egg mixture, then cornflakes.
  11. Place fish on the sheet and bake in oven for 15 minutes until fish is 145°F or flakes easily with a fork.

Nutrition information (per serving): 410 calories, 7g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 90mg cholesterol, 300mg sodium, 63g total carbohydrates, 6g fiber, 4g sugar, 26g protein

Recipe source: Spend Smart. Eat Smart. (spendsmart.extension.iastate.edu/recipes)

Eating Fish Protects Your Heart

salmon and asparagusAccording to the American Heart Association, eating fish twice a week will lower your risk of heart failure, heart attack, and stroke. The best fish for heart health are oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, herring, lake trout, sardines, or albacore tuna. These fish are all high in omega-3 fatty acids.

So many people have heard about the benefits of omega-3s that fish oil is the most popular nutrition supplement in the United States. However, the latest research shows fish oil isn’t as beneficial as actually eating fish. Whole fish offers a wealth of nutrients besides omega-3 oil, such as protein and selenium. For reasons scientists do not yet fully understand, nutrients often provide the most benefit when they are combined with other nutrients—in the form of food!

Eating fish is both healthy and delicious! Here are a few tips for including fish in your meal plan:

  • Keep seafood on hand. Seafood doesn’t need to be fresh to give you health benefits. Canned and frozen seafood varieties are just as healthy.
  • Be creative. Try different ways to enjoy seafood like seafood salads, tacos, stir-fry, or with pasta.
  • Cook it safely. Make sure you follow safe food handling practices and cook seafood to an internal temperature of 145oF.

MyPlate.gov offers tips on how to get more heart-healthy seafood on your plate.

Sources:  American Heart Association and Harvard Health

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