Friday, June 21, 2013


** Check out the Texas Star Nuts and Foods giveaway at the end of this post! **

Growing up, Sunday dinners usually involved a post-church trip to Luby's, our favorite cafeteria, where I would always order the baked white fish amondine. Upon researching the recipe, I was delighted that it was packed with healthy fats, but sad that it was also covered in flour and breadcrumbs. I recreated it here without the gluten and it tasted even better. The only thing you’ll be missing in this recipe is home. 

Luby's Baked Fish Makeover
serves 4
2/3 cup slivered almonds
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 Tablespoons butter, melted
2 pounds firm white fish (tilapia, haddock, halibut, cod)
Salt and Pepper
1/3-1/2 cup paleo mayonnaise
Zest from 1/2 lemon
about 1/3 cup water
Juice from 1/2 lemon
dried or fresh parsley, for garnish

Preheat your oven to 350ยบ. In a food processor, pulse almonds, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and garlic powder together until almonds are the consistency of granola (not too much, not too little). Add melted butter and pulse to combine.  Set aside.

Place fish in an even layer in a glass baking dish. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Smear the top of the fish with an even layer of mayonnaise. Gently press on the almond mixture. Sprinkle with lemon zest and bake for 20 minutes, until the fish is opaque and flakey. Sprinkle with lemon juice and parsley before serving. 

** Keep scrolling for a nutty giveaway** 

So, since I used raw almonds in this recipe, I think it is time to introduce you to two great local companies, Texas Star and Nature's Eats. They sent me some raw, local nuts and dried fruits to sample and boy did we love it! You may have seen their good stuff at HEB. Either way, you ought to check out and support this local company bringing fresh, raw snacks to give both your recipes and energy a boost.                                                              Wouldn't you like to come home to a big box of Texas Star and Nature's Eats natural snacks? I would like that for you, too! How about a giveaway?
Nature's Eats and Texas Star have generously offered a box of their goodies, including: Simply Go Raw Mix, Cranberry Delight Mix, Pecans, Cranberries, Cashews, Raisins, Banana Chips and Sliced Almonds.  Leave a comment below with a short recipe for your ideal trail mix to take with you on your summer adventures. Here is an example of mine:  "Texas Star Salted Marcona Almonds; Cayenne Cashews; Coconut Chips; dried papaya"
Be sure to leave your email address in the comment! 
I'll choose a winner ONE WEEK from today. 
Check your inbox on Friday, June 28 to see if you are my winner!


  1. I really have never made my own trail mix. I have bought some already made bags of what they call trail mix that usually has nuts, dried bananas, dried pineapples, raisins etc, In other words, dried fruits. That was about all that was in it though, Thanks

  2. First of all...Luby's Baked Fish Makeover....YUMMY! I am going to be trying this , this weekend! My favorite trail mix for grand adventures: A mixture of pecans, walnuts, dried strawberry, dried peach. I've never tried the dried snacks from Texas Star and Nature Eats...they sound amazing, especially the Cranberry Delight. I'm going to have to do some research in my local markets and see if they carry these or will be willing to carry them in the future. Thanks for the giveaway AND the Delicious Fish Recipe!! :) sowingstitches [at] gmail [dot] com

  3. I like my homemade granola with dried fruit (pineapple, mango, blueberries, cranberries, whatever I have around) and (shhhhh) those tiny m&ms. Mmmm... And, have you tried basa as a fish for this recipe? I love it and it is very affordable! Again, mmm... and thanks! :-)

  4. That fish make-over is one creative move, I like how she thinks! Yes! I would love to come home to a big box of Texas Star, I love the cranberry

    margueritecore [at] gmail [dot] com

  5. My favorite trail mix is chopped dried papaya, dried Michigan sweet cherries, cashews, sunflower seeds and dark chocolate M&Ms. However I make it with many nut and or fruit combinations depending on my mood.


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