Nutty Fish and Roasted Sweet Potatoes

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Ingredients

  • 6 – 3 to 4 ounce fresh or frozen white fish fillets (such as tilapia, cod, orange roughy, or flounder)
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 2 T. water
  • 2 T. packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 large sweet potatoes (about 2 pounds total), peeled and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup refrigerated or frozen egg product, thawed, or 2 eggs
  • 2 T. water
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 3 T. ground flaxseeds
  • 2 T. packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Directions

Thaw fish, if frozen. Rinse fish; pat dry with paper towels. Measure thickness of fish fillets; set aside. Preheat the oven to 425°. Coat a 3-quart rectangular or oval baking dish and a large baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray; set aside. In large bowl, combine water, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; add sweet potatoes, tossing to coat evenly. Layer sweet potato slices in prepared baking dish. Bake, uncovered, about 30 minutes or until tender. Remove from oven. Cover to keep warm. Increase oven temperature to 450°. Meanwhile, place flour in a shallow bowl. In another shallow bowl, combine egg and the water; beat with a fork. In a third shallow bowl, combine pecans, flaxseeds, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Dip each fish fillet in flour, turning to coat both sides and shaking off excess. Dip in egg mixture, then coat generously with pecan mixture. Place fish fillets on the prepared baking sheet. Bake in the 450° oven until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Allow 4 to 6 minutes per 1/2 inch thickness.
Fish is good for the heart but not if it’s breaded and deep-fat fried! This recipe mimics fried fish with its crunchy coating but is much healthier because it?s baked and made with pecans and ground flaxseeds. A serving of sweet potatoes adds heart-healthy antioxidants.

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