Monday, October 5, 2009

Tilapia (Quickly....)

Yesterday was a cold, rainy, Sunday afternoon here in East Idaho. With Clark engrossed in football, I dragged myself  to the gym for a couple of  hours.  I returned exhausted and with little enthusiasm for making dinner but somewhat hungry after the long workout so I tapped into my experience pulling together "30 minutes or less" dinners. A bonus:  Clark cleaned up so I could crash in my chair and watch the remainder of 60 Minutes. Here's  a play by play:
  1. Fill medium size pan with water and put on to  boil (this is for the boil in bag a rice, something I always have on hand) 
  2. Turn the oven on to 450. Line a baking sheet with foil and coat with cooking spray.
  3. Take the frozen Tilapia out of the freezer. Place on baking sheet. Sprinkle with Cajun spice and some Panko crumbs. Spray fish with cooking spray.
  4. Take green beans, bought at the farmers market on Saturday, out of the fridge. Trim ends, rinse. Put in pot, cover with water and turn on burner.
  5. Put one bag of rice in the now boiling water.
  6. Put fish in pre-heated oven.  Turn on timer for 12 minutes.
  7. Make salads. In each salad bowl put small  handful of  bagged salad greens, sliced tomatoes (from the farmers market), sliced red onion, and some slices of fresh Mozzarella cheese. This will be served with Newman's Own Light Balsamic Vinaigrette. I typically let everyone choose/pour their own dressing.
  8. Set table.
  9. Drain rice, cut open bag. Add 1 T. Butter, 1/4 t. each pepper and salt, 1/2 t. curry powder. 2 T. dried cranberries and 2T. Green sliced onion. ( I snip the green onion with cooking sheers -- one of my favorite cooking gadgets.). Mix well.
  10. Quarter a lemon.
  11. Take fish out of the oven. (Check to make sure it is cooked and easily flakes first!)
  12.  Drain beans.
  13. Call Clark and Rachel to dinner. (Hint ---I leave everything in the pans on the kitchen counter for self service)
Another meal served!

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