As a parent of small, impressionable children, I am always fighting against the tide of fast food commercials, with their bright amusing images and catchy jingles. Everyone is always having a good time, it seems, when they are chowing down on trans-fat french fries and guzzling sugar sodas. These coconut crusted mahi mahi nuggets are my low carb, gluten-free answer to McDonald’s Fish McBites. And I have to say, they are a really good, healthy answer to the siren’s call of that fast food behemoth. My kids loved them and it gave me a way of sneaking more coconut oil into their diet. I can’t always get away with that one, as they don’t seem to like it when I cook other things for them in coconut oil. I adore my eggs and veggies cooked in coconut oil, but my kids aren’t quite used to it yet. We’re getting there…slowly!
For my latest creation as resident guest blogger on Kelapo Coconut, I wanted to make something savoury. We’ve been eating quite a bit of mahi mahi lately and I love picking up a package of the Mahi Mahi Ends and Pieces from Trader Joe’s. Have you seen the “ends and pieces” items from TJ’s? There are a number of them, including fruit leather and uncured bacon. They are all the oddly shaped bits and pieces left over when foods have been cut into regular, even slices, and instead of tossing them and wasting all that glorious food, Trader Joe’s packages them all up and sells them for less than the properly cut items. I abhor food waste so I am fully on board with the ends and pieces items. And ever one for a bit of a discount, I grab them when I see them, particularly the uncured bacon ends and pieces. I was delighted when I discovered the Mahi Mahi ends and pieces because they make the perfect fish nuggets and fish sticks.
But if you don’t happen to have a Trader Joe’s anywhere in your vicinity, you can easily just buy some mahi mahi filets and chop them into chunks. Then you just dip them in egg, dredge them in a coconut/almond flour mixture, fry them in coconut oil, and you have yourself a wonderful, healthy answer to the over-breaded, over-fried fast food chain fish nuggets.
Head on over to Kelapo Coconut to check out the recipe!
Serves 4 to 6. For 4 servings, each serving has 10 g of carbs and 5 g of fiber. Total NET CARBS = 5 g.