Wednesday, March 21, 2012

100 Days of Tilapia

Tilapia is the super-fish. It is inexpensive, mild-flavored and incredibly versatile. Not to mention healthy! I'm setting a goal to eat tilapia 100 days this year, which equals roughly twice a week. Hmm, tilapia twice a week? Go on, twist my arm!

The Challenge: How to make tilapia INTERESTING for 100 days!

You don't have to have Martha Stewart's Pantry (nor team of prep-cooks!) to make a fantastic, beautiful meal. This dinner is all about simplicity and the semi-homemade, or as Food Network calls it: elevating recipes!

Tilapia with Salted Tomatoes, Schezuan Broccoli and a Savory-Sweet Potato

Tilapia with Salted Tomatoes, Schezuan Broccoli and a Savory-Sweet Potato

Fresh Tilapia Fillets
Garlic-Herb Old Bay Seasoning
1 Tbs Vegetable Oil
1 small Ripe Tomato per fillet
1 large crown of Broccoli
1 Tbs Pickled Jalapeno liquid***
1 tsp Garlic, chopped
Dash of Salt

Slice the tomatoes 1/4 inch thick. Season with salt and let sit! This process brings out the tomato flavor by brining them. Season both sides of the Tilapia fillets with Old Bay Seasoning and Vegetable Oil. Saute over medium high heat in for 3 minutes on one side, flip and saute for another minute and a half. When the fish is done, remove from pan and reduce heat to medium. Add in the Garlic and Broccoli. LIGHTLY brown the garlic. Deglaze the pan with the Jalapeno liquid. If you don't have any on hand, use a mixture of 1 tsp Sugar or Honey, 1 Tbs Apple Cider Vinegar and 1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper. Season to taste with Salt. If your prefer your broccoli more tender, blanch before sauteeing. When the broccoli is bright green and heated through, it is done!

Sweet potatoes don't always have to be sweet! Sometimes a simple, savory version with Salt, Pepper and Butter (or your favorite spread) is delicious all on its own!

In one meal we've covered the bases of Healthy, Simple, Quick, Use-It-Up, Economic and as always, Delicious!

1 down, 99 to go! What would you do with tilapia?

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