We had our annual holiday dinner over the weekend with our lovely team (most of whom live in Charlotte), and it was a fun time as always! We invited over (from right) Amy, Meghan, Shawn, Kiran, and their spouses for a potluck sit-down dinner. That’s my husband Jason (and me!) on the left side of the picture.
It’s always interesting coming up with the menu for our group since there are a few food allergies and such to consider. But year after year we keep going back to Asian food (and occasionally Mexican food), which seems to offer a lot of good options when gluten and dairy are to be avoided.
So, below are some pics of all the good stuff we came up with to share with each other! I provided the main dish – Asian Glazed Fish (recipe below) – along with coconut rice, maple roasted sweet potatoes and carrots, and some edamame. We actually had two versions of coconut rice because I’d been working on a new recipe and my husband Jason (who CAN cook, by the way!) thought he could make a version that was better than mine. So I suggested we each make our own recipe and let everyone vote. Occasionally husbands are right about things, but this was not one of those occasions – ha! I can’t help but gloat a tad about my almost unanimous win … I am the recipe developer in the family, after all! LOL. Either way, it was fun.
The other dishes you see here are Shrimp and Spring Roll appetizers (similar to these) with two dipping sauces from Amy, Asian Meatballs from Kiran, Asian Slaw from Shawn (similar to the recipe in my new book with quinoa added), and a variety of desserts from Meghan, including Fruit-Filled Wontons, Chewy Raspberry Meringues, and – the crowd fav – Coconut Macaroons. One thing is for sure … no one went hungry! :)
As promised, here is the Asian Glazed Fish recipe I made. I hope you enjoy it and that these other ideas provide some cooking inspiration for you!
- 1 pound mild white fish (such as flounder, cod, or mahi mahi)
- ½ cup whole-wheat flour (I used a gluten-free 1:1 substitute for this crowd)
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- ⅓ cup water
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce (I used gluten-free tamari)
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
- Sliced green onions
- Cut the fish into 1-inch chunks and coat all sides with the flour.
- Melt the coconut oil in a skillet over medium heat and cook the fish on both sides until it's golden brown and cooked (white and flaky) all the way through, about 5 - 6 minutes. If you chose seafood that's on the thinner side, it will not take as long to cook.
- Transfer the fish to a clean plate and add the garlic, ginger, and red pepper to the same pan. Cook for 1 minute while scraping up the brown bits off the bottom of the pan and stirring. (I found that the gluten-free flour stuck a little more than normal during this step - be careful not to let it burn!)
- Pour in the water, soy sauce, honey, and vinegar and cook while stirring occasionally until it thickens, 2 - 3 minutes. Add the fish back into the pan to coat, garnish with green onions if desired, and serve.