Chef’s rustic Italian lemon pepper panko cod is so delicious it was entered into OMNI’S March Madness contest
A delicious cod entrée created by Frost Manor chef Laurie Carmichael brings the light flavour of cod together with the tangy taste of Parmesan cheese and a crunchy seasoned panko crust.
To make this favourite meal, Laurie begins by mixing panko crumbs, margarine, dill, parsley, lemon pepper and grated Parmesan cheese. Next, she coats the fish with the panko mixture before popping it in an oven heated to 350 F.
When the cod fillets reach an internal temperature of 160 F, they are removed from the oven and plated. Laurie serves the crunchy cod fillets with creamy mashed potatoes and a side of peas.
This meal goes over so well at the Lindsay, Ont. long-term care home that Laurie submitted her recipe as an entry in OMNI Health Care’s first annual March Madness recipe challenge.
Chris Weber, OMNI’s operations manager of nutrition and food service, says the March Madness contest, which saw 16 recipes compete in a bracket contest where votes were cast each week between April 14 and May 6, was close.
The winning entry was a Mediterranean omelette, created by Josephine Goddard at Country Terrace, which won “by a very thin margin,” Chris says.
OMNI launched the first annual March Madness recipe challenge in March in recognition of Nutrition Month in Canada.
Chris came up with the idea to encourage nutritional care managers and cooks to showcase their most-loved recipes and to highlight the high-quality meals served in OMNI homes.
Throughout March, nutritional care managers and cooks prepared their favourite meals, plated them and took photos that were sent to head office. The photos were accompanied by the name of each meal and its recipe.
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