Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Calamari Strips and Chips

Although I didn't see Squid listed on the Eco-Best Seafood List or Worst (I didn't see it on there at all), I looked it up and Calamari, despite being heavily fished, swim in great numbers off the West Coast, and net fishing for them has no habitat impact and very little unintentional harvest of other species. Good. Because I like Calamari.

Chia Seeds, an ancient superfood to the Aztecs and Mayan Empires, are packed with Omega 3, calcium, protein, fiber, and antioxidants. Chia means "strength" in the Mayan language and they were said to be used as an energy food. One tablespoon of the seeds has more calcium than a glass of milk, more Omega-3s than Salmon, and more antioxidants than blueberries. I am definitely going to be looking for ways to add more Chia Seeds into my diet. I need some energy, I've got three kids! These seeds are so versatile you will be amazed at their many uses. My first experiment with Chia Seeds: A delicious gluten-free "breading".

Calamari steaks- sliced into strips 
(sometimes you have to ask the butcher as they may keep them frozen in the back)

for "breading" 
Chia seeds- I used Nutiva Organic Chia Seeds
Almond flour- I used Bob's Red Mill Almond Flour
Garlic powder- I used Simply Organic Garlic Powder

for chips/fries:
potatoes of your choice (I used sweet potato and yukon)
olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

for homemade tarter sauce:
minced onion

Slice up potatoes into french fry size strips and toss with olive oil, minced rosemary, and salt and pepper.

Cut Calamari steaks into strips and toss with almond flour, Chia Seeds, and garlic powder. The amount of ingredients for this really depends on how many steaks you are "breading". I did three and had to add more onto my work surface as I went. The ratio is equal parts Chia Seed and almond flour, and then sprinkle garlic powder into the mix to your liking. I like garlic! 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and lay everything out evenly on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Bake for about 15 minutes, flipping everything half way through. I so wanted this to be one of those one dish wonders, but the fries will get done first so check on them during cooking or bake on a separate tray and take out after about 10 minutes or when tender. Baking time depends on how thin you have sliced them.

For fun, I served my Calamari Strips and Chips in newspaper like I have had Fish and Chips served. The kids enjoyed the presentation (and that always helps!). Served with homemade tarter sauce, this meal was a hit with all. Enjoy!

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