delicious dinner for 400 calories

one of the most difficult things about strictly counting calories is cooking.  cooking for just two people is difficult enough.  there is always extra and it takes major control to not increase portion sizes when there is so much excess.  i found this recipe on pinterest (of course!) and thought i could do a few substitutions and make it even more low calorie.

here is my version of baked white fish:
(2 servings but you can easily double or triple this recipe)

2 white fish fillets, 6 oz each (i used cod because it was on sale, any mild white fish will do.)
18 whole pecans (i chose 18 because that was the serving size for 200 calories.)
2 tbsp. parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp. minced garlic
2 tsp sun-dried tomatoes (i drained the oil)
1 1/2 tbsp of mayo (i used light canola vegan mayo)

preheat oven or toaster oven to 400 degrees. spray individual casserole dishes with non-stick spray or olive oil (use one large casserole dish if you don’t have individual ones.)  i used my vintage pyrex which, of course, makes my heart so very happy. remove the fish fillets from the refrigerator and let them come to room temperature while the oven reheats. (having the fish at room temperature is very important or it won’t cook before the crust topping gets too brown.)

finely chop the pecans and mince the garlic. i placed the pecans in a ziplock bag and took the rolling pin to them.  mix together chopped pecans, parmesan cheese, minced garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, and mayo in a bowl.  use a rubber scraper to spread the crust mixture evenly over the surface of each fish fillet. pile it on so all the crust mixture is used.

bake fish 10-15 minutes, until fish is firm to the touch and crust mixture is starting to lightly brown. (i baked the fish pieces in the photo for 15 minutes.) serve hot.

for a side the plan was to make mashed “cauliflower” potatoes and sugar snap peas.  i opted out of the cauliflower and just went with the peas.  i thought it just seemed like too much food.  old mentality versus new mentality.  turns out it was plenty.  the husband added a biscuit and i subsequently took more peas.  we were very happy.

calorie breakdown:
fish: 346.75 calories per serving
peas: 51.25 per serving
TOTAL: 398 calories per serving

for the peas, i just sauteed in fake butter, i can’t believe its not butter light, and minced garlic.  did you know garlic helps raise your metabolism?  any help i can get works for me.  more garlic please, with a side of a toothpaste and a brush.