Yesterday, I went to an amazing farmer's market. The avocado's were the size of softballs! Can you believe such a thing existed? Aside from all of the amazing produce, there was goat milk soap, salsa and a million kinds of fresh juice. Now, I can't wait until summer returns to the Midwest and farmer's markets begin again - I never got around to going before, but now I'm more motivated than ever :)
Today, I've just been lounging on the beach, reading magazines and soaking up the sunshine. Don't worry, I decked myself out in children's spf 50 that I bought from Target - no burns here
In honor of my getaway to paradise, I'm going to share a fish recipe with you that I absolutely ADORE in every way possible. I'd never made tilapia before and I was super intimidated, but this recipe was incredible. I purchased the frozen tilapia from Whole Foods and thawed it in the refrigerator for about 8 hours - if your tilapia isn't all the way thawed just put it in a ziplock bag, squeeze the air our and then place it in cool water until it thaws. As a side note, you should never thaw anything just by leaving it out on the counter - the item can quickly enter the bacteria danger zone - clearly not ideal for eating.
This fish is easy, simple and will totally wow you away - if you need to make more fillets simply double or triple the recipe. I promise I'll post a picture the next time I make it, but I was just in a hurry to share!
Parmesan Tilapia adapted from Food.com
1 tilapia fillet
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp Smart Balance Light
1 tbsp olive oil based mayonnaise
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp Old Bay Seasoning
1/4 tsp dried basil
1/8 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp dried chives
1-2 dashes of hot sauce (I promise this doesn't make it spicy!)
1. Thaw fillet for 6-8 hours if frozen or place in a bowl of cold water in a ziplock bag for ~30 minutes.
2. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Place fish on parchment paper sprayed with olive oil cooking spray, top with lemon juice and bake for ~10-12 minutes until fish lightly flakes with a fork.
3. Meanwhile, combine remaining ingredients in a small dish. Top the fish with the parmesan mixture and bake for ~ 4-5 more minutes until topping has melted - OR - you can broil the fish until the topping browns. If you decide to broil your fish, make sure you are not using a pryex or glass dish - you don't need any exploding glass to ruin your fish.
4. Enjoy :) This seriously might be the best fish I've ever eaten!
Be back later for more posts from paradise!
Speaking of fresh juice, who has a juicer and loves it? I'm trying to do some research on what kind to buy - I'd like to spend under $100 if at all possible, but I want to be able to juice things like carrots.. I would love to hear your recommendations!