At the start of a new year, many people resolve to get in shape and lose weight. Diet and exercise have long been the ideal recipe for shedding pounds. In order to do so, a person must create a calorie deficit, which occurs when a person burns more calories than he or she consumes. Healthy, low-fat and low-calorie foods can help people create a calorie deficit.
This recipe for “Smoked Haddock on a Nest of Potatoes” from Sue Kreitzman’s “Low Fat for Life Cookbook” (DK) checks in at just 221 calories per serving with 2 grams of total fat, making it a great choice for those who want something light and healthy.
Smoked Haddock on
a Nest of Potatoes
Ingredients: Makes 2 servings
1⁄2 pound potatoes, scrubbed
2 pinches paprika
Oil water spray (see below)
Salt and freshly ground
2 pieces smoked haddock, each about
5 oz, skinned and bones removed
Bunch of watercress to garnish
Slice the potatoes paper-thin. Using the slicer on the side of a grater is the best way to get fine slices. Put into a colander and rinse well, then drain and dry in a dish towel. Toss the slices with a pinch of the paprika and a spritz of oil-water spray.
Spray a baking sheet and spread the slices out. Bake in a preheated oven for 10 minutes, then stir them, spread out again, and bake for about 5 minutes more, until tender and browned. They should be crisp in patches.
Sprinkle a pinch of paprika and a grinding of pepper over the fish. Lightly salt the potatoes and arrange in two piles on the baking sheet. Place a piece of fish over each pile of potatoes.
Bake for about 7 minutes at 475° F, until just done. Garnish with watercress and serve with sautéed mushrooms alongside, if desired.
Fill a new, clean plant mister or small plastic spray bottle with 7⁄8 water and 1⁄8 desired oil. Give the bottle a good shake before using it to spray food or pots and pans. This oil-water spray cuts down on calories and makes for low-fat cooking.
Cupckake Vineyards Prosecco
Cupcake Vineyards — Italy
Alone, a smoked haddock can be a little dry. Especially if you decide to do away with the oil-water spray. With that in mind, you want a wine that’s going to quench your thirst while still complimenting your dish. This Prosecco is a treat that lends hints of white peach, grapefruit and a taste of lemon meringue pie.
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