OVEN FRIED MEDITERRANEAN COD FILLET ROLLED IN ITALIAN PANKO BREADCRUMBS – SPRINKLED WITH A BIT OF TURMERIC AND SERVED WITH A SIDE OF OVEN FRIED ZUCCHINI CIRCLES TOPPED BY SHREDDED PARMESAN – ITALIAN PANKO BREADCRUMBS – EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

If you like fried food but are afraid to try it because it is unhealthy, use a sparing amount of extra virgin olive oil and watch cholesterol go down. . .omega-3’s make all the difference. . .

For 2:

–cod fillet (size of 2 decks of cards, one-half pound)

–Italian panko breadcrumbs (1 cup, divided)

–turmeric (be sparing; 1 teaspoon)

–zucchini (2 medium, sliced)

–shredded Parmesan cheese (a healthy cheese; one-quarter cup)

–extra virgin olive oil (be sparing, but to taste)

–salt and pepper to taste

1 – Place one-half cup of Italian panko breadcrumbs on a large plate. Place the cod in a plastic bag; season with salt and pepper, and extra virgin olive oil. Take care to see that oil covers all the fish. Then, using a kitchen fork, place the cod atop the breadcrumbs. Turn to coat thoroughly. Place in a covered baking dish. Sprinkle with a bit of turmeric. Do not add water or any other liquid. Set aside.

2 – Wash thoroughly and then slice the 2 zucchini. Place in a covered baking dish. Do not add water or any other liquid. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

3 – In a deep, large cup (a 2-cup measuring cup is ideal), place one-half cup Italian breadcrumbs, one-quarter cup of Parmesan, and a sparing amount of extra virgin olive oil to taste. Using a fork, combine all three ingredients.

4 – Spoon the seasoned breadcrumbs on top of the zucchini. Microwave, covered, on high for 6 minutes. You want the zucchini to be tender, but with a crispy coat.

5 – Microwave the cod on high for 6 minutes. Cod is done when it begins to break apart.

6 – Serve the oven fried dinner hot, cod and zucchini.

–fish recipe inspired by Salmon 365, but a recipe that is also recommended for white fish; zucchini inspired by the Olive Garden restaurant.

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