Where have I been you ask? Heavens if I know, and I'm just going to call it a mental vacation! Actually I'm having a harder time getting back in the groove of being a "Mom" than I ever expected with Jack starting school. It sounds silly I know after having already raised four, but boy am I ever out of practice with the whole school routine! Not to mention the Stock Market part of my life keeping me on my toes this past month.
Now that Halloween has passed and we are officially entering the holiday season, I thought it was time I got back in the groove of things and climb back on this horse of mine. Never easy for this sidetracked girl!
Jim and I were recently discussing my delima's with dinner planning and came to the conclusion that it's ok for me to repeat a meal. I know most people have certain meals that they repeat over a couple of weeks, but I've never been one of them. For instance, we love spaghetti, but I would never dream of making it more than once a month. Same goes for many of our favorites, and I need to get past that if I am to stop making things so much harder on myself than they have to be. So, I am in the process of gathering up my favorite recipes and trying to create a repeatable menu. I might or might not share it with you when I finalize it, it all depends on whether it looks decent or embarrassing when I'm done!
I'm not terribly fond of fish, but am aware that it would be a good thing for it to be more prominent in our diet, so I went searching for fish recipes recently and came across this one from the Food Network. It's a recipe adapted from Sunny Anderson that actually calls for Sole. I had Tilapia though, and will more than likely never have Sole readily available, so I switched it up. I'll tell you up front, the recipe was delicious and Jim and Jack both loved it, but as much as I love lemon, it was a bit much for me. When next I make this, I will add half of the lemon juice while making the sauce, and taste and add as need be. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did! I'll post some images and then have the recipe follow.
Gather your Ingredients
Prepare you bread crumb topping then season the Tilapia and lay in a buttered baking dish. Set aside while you make the sauce
Pour butter mixture over fish, and sprinkle tops with bread crumb mixture. Bake uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes.
I also sprinkled just a very small amount on Panko bread crumbs over the top, just to ensure a crispy topping.
Out of the oven!
Dang, I'm posting this at 11:30 am, having had no breakfast as of yet! This looks so yummy!
Baked Lemon Tilapia with Sauteed Swiss Chard
For bread crumb mixture:
* 4 slices fresh white bread, crusts discarded and bread quartered
* 1 teaspoon lemon zest
* 1/4 cup walnut halves
* 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
* 2 tablespoons olive oil
* 4 Tilapia fillets, rinsed and patted dry
* Salt and freshly ground black pepper
* 4 tablespoons butter, plus extra for casserole
* 1/4 cup lemon juice 3 tablespoons capers 2 tablespoons olive oil
* 2 cloves garlic, minced
* 2 bunches Swiss chard, leaves removed and chopped
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
In a food processor combine bread, lemon zest, walnuts and cheese. Pulse until almost uniform in texture. Continue pulsing while drizzling in the olive oil. Set aside.
Season fish with salt and pepper. Place 4 fillets in a single layer on a buttered 9 by 12-inch casserole. In a small saucepan melt 4 tablespoons of butter and add the lemon juice and capers. Pour butter mixture over fish, and sprinkle tops with bread crumb mixture. Bake uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, add the olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat. Infuse the oil with minced garlic, then add the Swiss chard and saute until wilted, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve hot with the Tilapia.
Notes: Rinse the capers. It didn't say to, I didn't and should have. Taste as you add the lemon so as not to go too strong. I think different lemons have differing strengths of tartness. Obviously any vegetable would be wonderful with this. I actually didn't have enough swiss chard and threw some spinach into the pan to fill in. Also, if your topping doesn't look crunch as you're approaching the end of cooking time, go ahead and turn the broiler on for the last 5 minutes or so, just watch it carefully.