recipe: low-carb almond crusted tilapia with garlicky spinach and rutabega fries

Back in February when I was diagnosed with uterine cancer, I decided to start losing weight and eating healthier. Cancer once? It's okay to have fries and Chick-Fil-A. Cancer a second time? Eat healthier and lose weight, chickie.

We found this fantastic low carb cookbook, and since we began using it, I'm down 18 lb. and IT Geek's down 11 lb. I'll do a full review of the book in another post, but for now, here's our favorite recipe (link to book below...feel free to buy it through me and any meager amount of kick back we get goes toward the Baby DeFrias fund).

Low-Carb Almond Crusted Tilapia 
with Garlicky Spinach and Rutabega
Our rating: 5 stars out of 5
Makes 4 servings

2/3 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup crushed almonds
1/2 or 1 cup buttermilk (we use low/fat free ranch dressing)
4 Tilapia Fillets
1 lemon cut into quarters
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. In food processor, blend the bread crumbs and almonds.
  3. Pour the buttermilk (ranch dressing) into a bowl and dip the fish in it.
  4. Press the fish into the bread crumb/almond mixture.
  5. ProTip: Spray olive oil on the pan, place fish on it, and put in the oven.
  6. Cook for 20 minutes total, 10 minutes per side. After the flip put more olive oil on the pan if necessary
Dressing: Low-carb tartar sauce: mayo, capers, dill pickles, green onions

Garlicky spinach
1 bag/container spinach
3 garlic cloves
(1 tsbp garlic power if you don't have the real thing)
2 tbsp water
  1. Wash and clean the spinach.
  2. Add garlic and toss.
  3. Put in glass dish, add water, and cover with glass plate.
  4. Microwave for 2-3 minutes (depending on your microwave's power).
Rutabaga fries
4 rutabagas (sweeter than potatoes and much healthier/low carb for you)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (or a gangload of real garlic 8D)
salt and pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. In a bowl mix rutabagas, olive oil, garlic powder, and salt/pepper.
  3. Lay pieces on cookie sheet so they don't touch.
  4. Cook 40 minutes, 20 per side or more.


Michelle said…
Just ordered the cookbook. Looking forward to new options...and of course ongoing insights from your posts. Keeping my fingers crossed for you as always.
Kara DeFrias said…
Thank you so much! When you order it through the link on my site, we get a tiny cut of it and that goes toward Baby DeFrias surrogate costs. :)

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