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Fast Day #10: Swimming with the Fishes (Fried Catfish and Mashed Potatoes - 247 calories)

Fried Catfish and Mashed Potatoes


Looking back on my food choices today, I'm surprised that dinner is fish since I had such a bad tuna experience this afternoon. Maybe I had to have more fish to wipe out that bad experience.

This is one of my favorite meals on a regular day. The only difference from this meal and a non fast day meal is that I usually eat more potatoes and have another veggie side dish. Also, my catfish usually has a thicker coating of fish fry.

My FAVORITE, hands down, fish coating is a product called Slap Ya Momma Fish Fry. I picked this up from the Fancy Food Show a few years back and I have been hooked on it ever since. The blend is really nice and nothing, not even my homemade blend, comes close.

The interesting thing about the fish fry is that per serving (1/4 tsp) is zero calories. Now I'm not naive enough to think this is a ZERO calorie product. Obviously a quarter teaspoon of cornmeal and spices is not going to amount to a hill of beans in the calorie landscape and that the 0 calories is basically due to rounding or truncating. So as you use more fish fry the calories will add up and become significant to any calorie restricted diet. I was wondering if you really could use just one serving teaspoon to coat a piece of fish?

I was really careful on measuring and using every last grain. And it only took 1.5 teaspoons to coat the fish as you see int he picture above. Not too bad and I think I'll keep those zero calories, thank you very much! SCORE!

And the potatoes you see on the plate are not homemade but mix made. I know, I know - why in the world would a foodie use a mashed potato mix?! Well a foodie who knew good food is who! These are the best mashed potatoes ever. And I didn't even have to burn my fingers on the cooked potatoes to make this smooth and creamy side dish.

~ my go to mashed potatoes ~

This is another Costco find. The ingredient list is very simple: potatoes (including peel), butter and sea salt. That's it. It's easy, consistent and delicious. So yeah, this foodie is proud to use this product.

This meal is so easy and very tasty. It's become a go to dish for me because the fillets can be individually frozen and defrost in no time. And I admit, sometimes, I go for two fillets for dinner. It didn't occur to me  until I was writing up the ingredient list that this was a vegetarian dish too - double bonus.

Fried Catfish and Mashed Potatoes: 247 calories


For catfish: 153

  • 1 skinless, boneless catfish fillet (113 calories, 1.329 calories per gram)
  • 1.5 tsp Slap Ya Momma Fish Fry (0 calories)
  • 1 tsp oil (40 calories)

For Mashed Potatoes: 1.04 calories per gram

  • 1 package of 6.4 oz Honest Earth All Natural Creamy Mash
  • 2 2/3 cups of water
  • 4 T butter
  • 1 cup cold milk


  • Following the package directions, prepare the mashed potatoes and set aside (don't worry the directions are very easy)
  • Pat excess moisture from the catfish fillet, and coat with fish fry
  • On medium to medium high, heat oil in non stick pan until oil is shimmering
  • Carefully place the catfish in the pan and fry on each side for about 4 minutes or until coating is nicely browned
  • Plate put as much potatoes that your calorie restriction allow. 
  • And I always sprinkle on some cayenne and hot sauce (zero calories).


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