Getting a Little Nutty

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i wanted to do something a little crunchy but a little sweet with my fish. So i started the search for ideas, and thanks to http://www.hearthealthyonline.com/ I found the perfect direction. I always have a variety of nuts on hand. I love to cook and snack with unsalted almonds, cashews, pistachios, hazelnuts, pecans….the list is endless. I also love a good mixture of nuts and dried fruits, such as the new Planters Nut-rition mixes. 

NUT-rition Heart Healthy Mix (Planters)

 

So what is not to love about a Hazelnut crusted Halibut with a warm berry sauce? I adjusted the recipe a little bit, and instead of using melted butter to dip the fish for crusting, I used a coat of butter cooking spray. I used a mix of organic frozen and fresh blueberries to make the sauce and replace the sugar with Splenda. This lowers the empty calories a little more. 

Ingredients

  • 4 4 – 6 ounces halibut fillets
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons margarine, melted, but not hot
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped hazelnuts
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries (blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, and/or strawberries) thawed
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 F. Thaw fish if frozen. Rinse fish; pat dry with paper towels. Spray a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with nonstick spray; set aside. In a shallow dish place margarine. In a second shallow dish place chopped hazelnuts. Dip fish in melted margarine. Coat both sides of fillets with nuts. Place coated fillets on prepared pan.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until fish begins to flake when tested with a fork.

While the fish is roasting, puree the berries in a blender or a food processor. Pass the puree through a strainer to remove the seeds. Stir sugar into strained sauce. If desired, place the strained sauce in a small saucepan. Cook and stir over low heat until sauce is warm. Serve the sauce chilled or warmed with the fish

Source: http://my.hearthealthyonline.com/recipe/seafood/northwest-roasted-halibut/

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