Parmesan & coconut crusted fillets

fish fennel

One way of getting more healthy fatty acids into your diet…succulently coated fillets. These little babies have been dipped in egg to secure a coconut flour and parmesan crumb, with turmeric and parsley, and lightly fried in a garlic butter sauce. The perfect size to maintain flavour and texture. I made a side salad of fennel and lettuce, dressed in extra virgin olive oil and rock salt. It doesn’t get any more basic and delicious than this.

Being distant from the ocean, it is important to source seafood from a supplier you trust. Mining towns in the Central Queensland region often have road side seafood trucks that have travelled from coastal towns to deliver their freshly caught marine animals. Have a chat to the fishermen and/or seller to ensure the fish is wild-caught and has been stored and tranported following food safety standards.

I didn’t follow a recipe for this, I just listened to my body in asking how it needed to be nourished. Here’s some benefits of the key ingredients and why I choose to include them in my diet:

Turmeric: A true super spice that contains anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and healing properties. Numerous studies have been revealed supporting curcumin’s ability to minimise the negative effects of inflammatory diseases, cancer, Alzheimer’s and bacterial and viral infections. Not to mention it’s aromatic sensuality, it’s really a no-brainer.

Garlic: Coming from an Italian background, garlic is naturally a big part of my life. Apart from really enjoying the taste, garlic has potent medicinal properties that have been utilised for thousands of years. It is rich in vitamins and minerals and contains powerful antioxidants. My favourite thing about garlic is that it helps to detoxify the body whilst boosting the immune system. I use garlic (preferably fresh cloves) wherever I can, it’s a staple piece.

Tip: Roast garlic cloves in the oven for 12-24hrs with rosemary, sea salt and olive oil to make crunchy garlic chips…yumm!

Omega-3 fatty acids from fish: Brain food!!! An absolute essential in my diet. Improves neurological function, regulates triglyceride levels, protects against inflammation and autoimmune disease, and is heart healthy. Most people eat too many Omega-6 fatty acids (hydrogenated oils, processed grains, and some seeds and nuts) and not enough Omega-3, this ratio must be balanced. Omega-3 is also known to have a positive influence on sleep, skin cells and mental health. What’s not to love about Omega-3?

Grass-fed butter or ghee: Besides the satisfying taste of good quality grass-fed butter, it brings many health benefits to the table. It is another source of essential Omega-3’s, CLA, butyrate, vitamins (A, D, E, K2) and minerals (zinc, magnesium, lecithin, iodine, selenium and more). The perfect recipe for a fast thinking brain and fat burning body, keeping your adrenals in fine form. Ghee has been clarified (milk solids and impurities removed) leaving no reason for a lactose or casein intolerance, and is also a very stable cooking fat.

Read more about fats here.

Fennel: Stemmed from a Mediterranean background and used for a diverse range of medicinal purposes in Ancient Chinese Medicine. Fennel is a great digestive and hormonal regulator, and is loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It adds crunch to your dish and is a good snack to eat on its own. Alternatively, you can reap the benefits through fennel seeds or fennel essential oil…Why not all three?

Good nutritious food doesn’t have to be complicated. Keep things simple, listen to your body and experiment with flavour combinations that work for you. Happy fishing!

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