Can you think of a healthy, delicious, gourmet and super easy dinner that consists of only 6 ingredients? It’s not a very easy task, but when you combine the right 6 ingredients with a few simple cooking techniques, you have perfection!

As part of the AMEX Dinner @6 Contest (part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program), I put together this fantastic dinner.

When thinking about the meal I was going to create it had to meet the following personal criteria:



simple to make

include most major foods groups

The 6 ingredients I chose to use in the challenge were:


1. Salted Macadamia Nuts: They are rich, flavorful and full of amazing texture and taste. They also pack a healthy dose of fat and crunch.


2. Wild Alaskan Cod: This meaty white fish takes on any flavor while staying firm and fresh tasting.


3. Brown Rice: Full of fiber, brown rice takes on flavor and is easily enhanced with other ingredients.


4. Black Beans: Not only are black beans rich in protein, they are great for digestion. Black beans and rice pair to make a creamy flavorful and healthful side.


5. Frozen Leafy Greens: This bag contains a mix of kale, spinach, swiss chard and mustard greens. Any one of the greens listed above would also work in the dish, but I like the combination. The greens add major health value, vitamins, and another texture to the dish. They complete the meal.


6. Lite Coconut Milk: To tie this dish together and make it rich, creamy and exotic, I chose coconut milk. The flavor of coconut is mixed throughout the rice and beans, and also with the sweet and salty fish/nut combination.


Macadamia Crusted Cod over Coconut Black Bean Rice

  • 1 large piece of Wild Alaskan Cod or another mild, firm white fish
  • 1 cup of black beans, drained from can
  • 1 cup of frozen leafy greens
  • 1 can of lite coconut milk, split into 2 parts
  • 1 cup of brown rice
  • 1 cup of macadamia nuts, crushed
  1. In a rice cooker (or large pot), mix black beans, greens, 1 cup. coconut milk, brown rice, frozen leafy greens and 1 cup of water. Add a good helping of salt and pepper. Set and turn on rice cooker.
  2. While rice/beans are cooking, pour the remaining coconut milk into a small bowl. Pour the cup of crushed macadamia nuts into a separate bowl.
  3. Dip each piece of fish into the coconut milk then the macadamia nuts and place the encrusted fish onto a baking dish.
  4. Bake the fish at 425 for 15-20 minutes, until fish is cooked through and nuts are golden brown.
  5. When rice/beans are done, place a serving on a plate. Top with warm, nut crusted fish.

Step 1:


Steps 2 & 3:


Step 5:


The finished product is a rich and creamy dish filled with healthy fats, fiber, veggies, protein and flavor. It’s the perfect dish to make for a movie night or a fancy dinner party! With the help of the rice cooker, this dish comes together with only 3 dirty dishes and less than 30 minutes!


It would taste great paired with a fun Caribbean cocktail or a warm fall beer. Anyone from 1 year olds to grandparents can enjoy the light yet rich flavors of this meal.


Next time you come over for dinner, I will make it!


As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program, I received an American Express gift card.

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As part of the Dinner@6 contest sponsored by Blue Cash PreferredSM, American Express provided me with a $100 gift card to give out to one lucky commenter.

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What is your favorite six-ingredient recipe?