Sunday, January 8, 2012

Let's Go Fishing!!!

Hi friends!  I hope you're having a fabulous Sunday, I definitely have so far :)  I have to admit I'm a little confused on time due to the big time change - oh wait, time change?  That's right, I left the Midwest :)  I woke up at 5:30 am this morning and was in bed by 8:45 pm last night.  I certainly won't complain though :)  Anyway, as you'll see in later pictures I'm currently blogging from paradise - any guesses on where this could be?!? 

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 and probably no tans either.  The views are simply incredible.

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


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!