Alcohol: When I first went on this diet, I was told no alcohol too. I could live with (literally and figuratively) without drinking a beer now and again, but I thought what about when alcohol is used in a marinade or a recipe? For this recipe I substituted for the alcohol, but I have since been told I can have one beer or wine a week and it is ok to use alcohol in marinades or other recipes calling for it. This makes things easier for sure. But I plan to run some tests to see which substitutes work well and which don’t. If there is a good, successful substitute I will continue to use it and give my system a rest.
This meal had some initial challenges to begin with. I used a 4 oz serving of haddock fillet to help with both calories and sodium. I had to use a sodium free baking powder in the batter, because baking powder is relatively high in sodium. BTW and for the record: baking powder is worse, its sodium content is as high as salt. The sodium content was 80mg. The fries didn’t add to the sodium content as long as I didn’t salt them. So there was a bit of work to do.
- I used apple juice in equal measure in lieu of the beer
- I used Hain Sodium Free Baking Powder instead of regular baking powder.
- I used Mrs. Dash Table Blend in lieu of the table salt called for in the batter.
- I used Mrs. Dash Table Blend at the table in lieu of salt.
The fish & chips turned out excellent. The batter was slightly crispy had good somewhat yeasty flavor even without the Beer. Now that I found out I can use alcohol in cooking, I shall have to run an experiment where I make a batch with apple juice and a batch with beer. As long as the flavor is close, I will skip the alcohol. The fish batter used some paprika and cayenne pepper which may have served to make the lack of salt. In any event while I did season the chips with some Mrs. Dash Table Blend,
I did not feel the need to season the chips any more. Even with the various substitutions, this was some of the best fish and chips I have ever had.