Fried Crappie w/ Hash Browns, Green Beans, and Baked Garlic Knot Rolls

May 8, 2013 at 5:07 PM | Posted in Crappie, fish, hash browns, Zatarain's | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Fried Crappie w/ Hash Browns, Green Beans, and Baked Garlic Knot Rolls

 
One long night last night! I was dealing with some very bad and strong Phantom Pains. They were the worst I’ve had to deal with in quite some time. Phantom pains are exactly that, they are pains that amputees sometimes experience in the area of their missing limb. Mine being my left leg that was amputee back in 2001. There’s no known cure or treatments that work to ease the pain so I just have to ride it out. This started sometime during the early morning hours and I’ve had it ever since, hopefully it will quit soon! Mom stayed and had dinner with my Dad at the rehab center so it’s just me tonight. I prepared Fried Crappie w/ Hash Browns, Green Beans, and Baked Garlic Knot Rolls. it had been a while since I broke out one of the frozen Crappie bags and prepared them and  it time tonight!

 

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I normally just season the Crappie with Sea Salt and Ground Pepper and rolled in Bread Crumbs but tonight I rolled the fillets in Zatarain’s Fish Fri Lemon Pepper Seafood Breading Mix. After washing the Crappie and patting them dry on a paper towel I then poured some of the breading mix into a Hefty Zippper Bag and added the Fish shaking it in the bag until it was well covered. I skillet fried it in Canola Oil until it was golden brown. With this breading the Fish comes out perfect. The crust and the seasoning is meant for Fish! Crappie is delicious anyway you fix it but this breading makes it even more mouth watering!

 
To go with the Crappie I prepared some Hash Browns, Simply Potatoes has Browns. You can’t beat Simply Potatoes brand Has Browns. Just season and fry to how done and brown you want them. Quick, easy, and delicious. Makes a great side for any meal. I also heated up a single serve can of Del Monte Cut Green Beans and I baked some Walmart Bakery Savory Garlic Knot Bread. For dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Pudding.

 

 

 

Lemon Pepper Fish-FriZatarain's Seasoned Fish Fri   Lemon Pepper

The secret of authentic Southern Style fried fish is the crispy combination of corn flour, spices and lemon juice captured in this special Zatarain’s Frying Mix.
Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 2 Tbsp.

Servings Per Container: Servings per container – 40
Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
Calories: 50

Calories from Fat: 0

Total Fat: 0g 0%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 1140mg 48%

Total Carb: 11g 4%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 0g

 

 

http://www.zatarains.com/Products/Breadings-and-Fry-Mixes/Lemon-Pepper-Fish-Fri.aspx

Crappie Tonight!!

March 14, 2013 at 5:10 PM | Posted in Aunt Millie's, Crappie, fish, greenbeans, Idahoan Potato Products | 2 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Fried Crappie w/ Loaded Baked Potato Casserole, Green Beans, and Whole Grain Bread

 

 

As Spring inches ever closer I always get my yearly Crappie fillets. My Cousins come home from their 3 month Winter retreat at Lake Crappie 005Okeechobee. Which also means I get a mess of fresh Crappies or Specks as they call them down in Florida. I could eat these every day and not get tired of them. I could not wait to open that first bag up and start frying! I seasoned them with Sea Salt and Ground Black Pepper. I then rolled each fillet in a Whole Wheat Flour and Italian Bread Crumb Mix. I lightly fried them in Canola Oil about 3 minutes per side. As the picture shows they came out golden brown and the taste unbelievable!

 

For side dishes to accompany the Crappie I prepared a Loaded Baked Potato Casserole, Green Beans, and Whole Grain Bread. I used Idahoan Loaded Baked Potato Casserole. The easy and delicious way to have Potato dishes. It’s 150 calories and 22 carbs per serving. The Green Beans were Del Monte Cut Green Beans, just heat in a sauce pan and serve. The Bread, Aunt Millie’s Whole Grain Light Bread. For dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Dark Chocolate pudding.

 

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Lake Okeechobee Crappie
Lake Okeechobee

Well if I’m posting about Lake Okeechobee you know it has to do with one of my favorite fish, the Crappie! My cousins dropped off my yearly supply of Lake Okeechobee Crappie! Here’s a little info on Lake Okeechobee.

Lake Okeechobee locally referred to as The Lake or The Big O, is the largest freshwater lake in the state of Florida. It is the seventh largest freshwater lake in the United States and the second largest freshwater lake contained entirely within the lower 48 states. Okeechobee covers 730 square miles (1,900 km2), approximately half the size of the state of Rhode Island, and is exceptionally shallow for a lake of its size, with an average depth of only 9 feet (3 m). The lake is divided between Glades, Okeechobee, Martin, Palm Beach, and Hendry counties. Maps of Florida[3] show that all five of these counties meet at one point near the center of the lake.

The most common fish in this lake are largemouth bass, crappie and bluegill. Pickerel have been less commonly caught.

Lake Okeechobee Crappie Fishing

The Florida Crappie fishing, speckled perch or speck’ as they are called throughout the State of Florida is the most sort after pan fish on Lake Okeechobee. Although the Florida crappie can be caught during the summer months, they really are at their best from late fall to early spring.

Go Lake Okeechobee freshwater fishing with your family and friends together for an affordable day of Florida crappie fishing on Lake Okeechobee. Lake Okeechobee comprises a 730-square-mile area and is the second-largest natural lake in the U.S., holding more than a trillion gallons of water.

Most fishing takes place along the southeastern, west and north portions of the lake within a mile of the shoreline. Look for hyacinths, hydrilla and other water plants where big bass ambush shiners, bluegills and other scaled groceries. They also pounce on frogs, crickets, worms, grasshoppers and pretty much any fish smaller than itself. Plastic imitations of those baits work well.

You know the deal black crappies speckled perch to most Floridians are about as smart as a dead bird, but fortunately they are a lot more abundant. Stick a minnow in their face, set the hook and start heating up the frying-pan as we say here on Okeechobee.

 

http://www.lakeokeechobeebassfishing.com/crappie-fishing/

 

 

 
Idahoan LOADED BAKED® HOMESTYLE CASSEROLE

There’s no better way to start a savory Loaded Baked® homestyle casserole than with world-famous Idaho® potatoes, which is why you’ll taste only 100% grown-in-Idaho potatoes in this rich, cheesy, bacony side. For family meals or for special occasions, this cheesy, delicious dish is sure to please.

Oven Directions
Best for Golden Browning

PREHEAT oven to 450°F. COMBINE potatoes and sauce mix in 1 1/2 quart baking dish.
STIR in 1 1/2 cups boiling water, 3/4 cup milk, and 1 1/2 Tbsp. margarine or butter with whisk.
BAKE uncovered for 25 minutes or until top is golden brown and potatoes are tender (sauce will thicken slightly when cooling).
Remove from oven and let stand a few minutes before serving.
BAKING NOTES: To prepare 2 casseroles at once, double all ingredients, increase baking dish size accordingly, and bake about 30 min. To bake potatoes and roast meat at the same time, bake at 375°F for about 45 min; 350°F for about 50 min; or 325°F for about 60 min.
Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 100
Calories from fat 10
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g* 2%
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 640mg 27%
Total Carbohydrates 22g
http://www.idahoan.com/products/loaded-baked-homestyle-casserole/

Kitchen Hint of the Day

January 6, 2013 at 1:15 PM | Posted in Crappie, Crock Pot | Leave a comment
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The tannic acid in strong black tea can tenderize meat in a stew, as well as reduce the cooking time. Just add 1/2 cup strong tea to the stew when you add the other liquid. It will also give your stew a great brown color.

Fried Crappie w/ Velveeta Rotini & Cheese, Roasted Red Potatoes, and…

May 15, 2012 at 5:46 PM | Posted in Crappie, Healthy Life Whole Grain Breads, potatoes, Velveeta/Kraft Dinners, Whole Grain Bread | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Fried Crappie w/ Velveeta Rotini & Cheese, Roasted Red Potatoes, and Whole Grain Bread

I fixed another mess of the Crappie tonight! I never get tired of eating Crappie. I seasoned them with Sea Salt and Ground Black Pepper. I then rolled each fillet in a Whole Wheat Flour and Italian Bread Crumb Mix. I lightly fried them in Extra Virgin Olive Oil about 3 minutes per side. As usual they fry up to a golden brown and absolutly delicious!

For sides I made some Roasted Red Potatoes, recipe is at the end of the post, Kraft Veveeta Whole Grain Rotini & Cheese, and Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread. if your looking for a good and simple Potato recipe give this one a try! These would make an excellent Potato dish for breakfast also. For dessert later a slice of Pillsbury Nut Quick Bread topped with a scoop of Breyer’s Carb Smart Vanilla Ice Cream.

Roasted Red Potatoes

Ingredients:

Small Gourmet Red Potatoes
Oscar Mayer Turkey Bacon
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
McCormick Grinder Sea Salt and Black Peppercorn

Directions:

*HEAT oven to 400ºF. Cook Turkey Bacon in large skillet on medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from skillet, reserving 1 Tbsp. drippings in skillet. Drain bacon on paper towels.

*ADD potatoes to reserved drippings; cook 5 min., stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Crumble bacon. Add to potatoes; mix lightly. Spoon into 13×9-inch baking dish.

*BAKE 20-30 min. or until potatoes are tender and done. Top with cheese and parsley.

Velveeta Rotini And Cheese – Whole Grain

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 3.30 oz
Servings Per Container 3

Amount Per Serving
Calories 300Calories from Fat 100
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 3.5g18%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 860mg36%
Total Carbohydrate 38g13%
Dietary Fiber 2g8%
Sugars 4g
Protein 11g

Crappie w/ Risotto and…

May 10, 2011 at 7:20 PM | Posted in Crappie, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food, Healthy Life Whole Grain Breads, low calorie, low carb, risotto | Leave a comment

Today’s Menu: Crappie Fillets w/ Parmesan Risotto and Whole Grain Bread

A sad day today, I’m using the last of the Crappie Fillets! It’s been some of the best Crappie I’ve ever had. Rolled the fillets with Italian Style Bread Crumbs and seasoned with Sea Salt and Ground Pepper and lightly fried in Extra Virgin Olive Oil. As sides had Lundberg Parmesan Risotto, sprinkled with Shredded Parm Cheese, and Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread.

Crappie Fillets w/ Diced Potatoes and….

April 5, 2011 at 6:25 PM | Posted in Aunt Millie's, Crappie, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food, greenbeans, low calorie, low carb, potatoes | 1 Comment

Today’s Menu: Fried Crappie Fillets w/ Diced Potatoes, Cut Green Beans & Shelly Beans, and Whole Grain Bread.

Had another batch of the Lake Okeechobee Crappie! Rolled in Whole Grain Flour and Bread Crumb mixture and seasoned with Sea Salt and Ground Black Pepper then fried in Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I had sides of Cut Green Beans &Shelly Beans, Diced New Potatoes and Aunt Millie’s Whole Grain Sliced Bread.

Crappie and Risotto

March 16, 2011 at 9:07 PM | Posted in Aunt Millie's, Crappie, diabetes, fish, Food, low calorie, low carb, risotto | Leave a comment

Today’s Menu: Crappie Fillets w/ Parmesan Risotto and Hearth Grain Bread

Had some more of that fantastic tasting Crappie from Lake Okeechobee! Can’t get enough of that fresh Crappie. I rolled the fillets in a Bread Crumb and Whole Wheat Flour mix lightly fried and seasoned with Sea Salt, Black Pepper, and Parsley. As sides had Parmesan Risotto  and a slice of Aunt Millie’s Hearth Whole Grain Bread. More about dessert later!

Crappie Tonight!!

March 11, 2011 at 6:54 PM | Posted in Aunt Millie's, Crappie, diabetes, fish, Food, Kraft Cheese, low calorie, low carb | Leave a comment

Today’s Menu: Crappie w/ Velveeta/Kraft Shells and Cheese and Hearth Whole Grain Bread

Everyone has their favorite foods mine Bison and Crappie! I know Spring is just around the corner when my Mom’s cousin’s family are returning from their annual winter retreat from Lake Okeechobee. Which also means they bring me a

Crappie Fillets

fresh batch of Lake Okeechobee Crappie or Specks as they call them down in Florida. I could eat these every day and not get tired of them. This year’s catch is a tasty one, as I found out for dinner!

I had Crappie rolled in a Whole Wheat Flour and Bread Crumb mixture and seasoned with Sea Salt, Pepper, McCormick ParmesanSeasoning, and Parsley. Lightly pan fried in Extra Virgin Olive Oil, just lightly browned. As sides had Velveeta/Kraft 2% Shells and Cheese and a slice of Aunt Millie’s Hearth Whole Grain Bread. Did I tell you I love eating Crappie?

**Thank you Starr and Dinah!!**

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