Monday, October 17, 2016

Blackened Gulf Coast Grouper Sandwich w/ Baked Waffle Fries

Dinner Tonight: Blackened Gulf Coast Grouper Sandwich w/ Baked Waffle Fries

To start the day off I toasted a Healthy Life Whole Grain English Muffin, lightly buttered, and a cup
of Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. Did a couple of loads of laundry for Mom this morning. Then did some light cleaning around the house. Finished up the laundry and then went outside to tidy up. There is an awful lot of leaves falling about to be so early in the Fall Season. Used the leaf blower and cleaned the deck and the driveway. Some of the larger trees here in the neighborhood are already turning colors. Everything done so I got the cart out to take a ride around the neighborhood and down by the lake. Partly sunny and 84 degrees out. For Dinner tonight I prepared a Blackened Gulf Coast Grouper Sandwich w/ Baked Waffle Fries.

Just can’t get enough of Fish and Seafood! I had some in the freezer so I grabbed a fillet and let it thaw overnight in the fridge. It’s another one of those beautiful Florida Gulf Coast Grouper fillets! To prepare it I rinsed the fillet off in cold water and patted it dry with paper towel. I then seasoned them it with a bit of Sea Salt. Then I melted 1 tablespoon of Blue Bonnet Lite Butter and rolled the fillet in the Butter. I then added the Zatarain’s Blackening Seasoning, coating both sides of the fillet.

I prepared it in a preheated Cast Iron Skillet that I sprayed with Pam Cooking Spray. When the pan was fully heated, on medium heat, I added my Grouper. At this point turn on your Stove Overhead Exhaust Fan on, because it will start smoking from the seasoning. Cooked it about 4 minutes per side, and it was ready! Cast Iron Skillets are perfect to use for any cooking but especially when you Blacken something. The Skillet heats up and holds it heat and the heat evenly distributes across the Skillet, perfect for Blackening Meats. This is one delicious Grouper! The fresh taste of the Grouper, so meaty, along with the Blackening Season are a perfect combo. Love Fish, Love Seafood! Plus as you can tell as big as this fillet was I only had half of it for dinner. The other half for lunch tomorrow! I served it on a Aunt Millie's Reduced Calorie Whole Grain Hamburger Bun.

Then I baked some Ore Ida Waffle Fries. I preheated the oven to 425 degrees. I used a small baking sheet that I lined with foil and sprayed with Pam Cooking Spray. The Waffle Fries are a little higher in calories than the other Fries I normally prepare, but it’s good to change it up a bit. So I lined the Fries on the baking sheet, seasoned them with Sea Salt and Ground Black Pepper, and baked them for about 17 minutes (until a light golden brown). Just a flat out excellent Fries, as all Ore Ida Products! I had a side of Hunt’s Ketchup for dipping the Fries and a Snapple Diet Half and Half Lemonade/Tea to drink. For dessert later a Weight Watcher's Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Bar.

Zatarain’s Blackened Seasoning

This spicy seasoning blend is rubbed on the outside of fish (or chicken, steak or other meats) for blackening. Also great as a seasoning rub for the grill or broiler.
Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/4 tsp. (.71 g)

Servings Per Container: about 120
Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
Calories: 0

Ore-Ida Waffle Fries

Share the great American potato with your family. Proudly nestled on the Oregon-Idaho border, Ore-Ida potato experts have been serving locally grown taters from the heartland of potato country since 1952. Ore-Ida Waffle Fries Crispy, Waffle-Cut French Fried Potatoes are made from 100% real, fresh peeled, American grown potatoes. Ore-Ida takes great care to cut, season and freeze them in under an hour to lock in all the delicious, freshly cooked flavor. Your family deserves the highest quality because, if it’s not Grade A, it’s not Ore-Ida.

Ore-Ida Waffle Fries Crispy:
* Made from 100% Grade A real potatoes
* 0g trans fat per serving
* 150 calories per serving

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 8 pieces (89 g)
Per Serving % Daily Value*

Calories 150
Calories from Fat 54
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 360mg 15%
Potassium 309.99mg 9%
Carbohydrates 22g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 0g
Protein 2g

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