A main dish should optimally be 20 grams of protein or greater. Keep in mind on average 1-ounce of animal protein (meat, poultry, fish, shellfish) has roughly 7 grams of protein so you will want to eat at least one 3-ounce serving of animal protein to get 20+ grams in a meal. One egg or 1-ounce of whole cheese each have about 6 grams of protein, and it takes 3-ounces of tofu to get 6 grams of protein.This great fish taco recipe fits the bill - and better yet - it takes less than 15 minutes to prepare. The recipe is taken from "Better Homes and Gardens 15 Minutes or Less Low-Carb Recipes" page 215. Serve it with a side of lightly dressed slaw and you have a meal the whole family can enjoy. This is a great any-day recipe but if you are doing the 5 Day Pouch Test enjoy it on Day 4.
1 pound fresh or frozen skinless cod, orange roughy, or other fish fillets (1/2- 3/4-inch thick)
2 teaspoons Mexican seasoning blend
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 medium lime
1/2 cup dairy sour cream
8 romaine lettuce leaves or four 8-inch low-carb whole wheat tortillas
Thaw fish, if frozen. Preheat broiler. IN a small bowl combine Mexican seasoning and salt. Rinse fish: pat dry with paper towels. Measure thickness of fish. Sprinkle seasoning mixture over both sides of each fish fillet.
Place fish on the greased unheated rack of a broiler pan. Tuck under any thin edges. Broil about 4 inches from the heat for 4 to 6 minutes per 1/2-inch thickness or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.
Meanwhile, finely shred enough peel from lime to make 1/2 teaspoon. Cut lime in half: squeeze enough juice to make 1 tablespoon. In a small bowl stir together the 1/2 teaspoon lime peel, the 1 tablespoon lime juice, and sour cream. Set aside.
Using a fork, flake fish into bit-size pieces. Divide fish among romaine leaves; roll up. Serve with sour cream mixture.
Serves 4. Per serving: 154 calories, 22g protein, 6g fat (3 saturated), 3g carbohydrate.
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