I found a great way to utilize leftover artichoke quarters I had from the Spinach and Artichoke Dip I made this past weekend. They were the perfect addition to a creamy pasta dish that I make every now and again. Sometimes we have it with chicken, but I primarily do it with shrimp. The vegetables interchange based on what I have on hand, but one thing that is always a constant, is lots of garlic. What I love most about this meal is that the sauce has a rich texture, but is still light on fat (thanks to one of my faves- Fat Free Half & Half). It's a great weekday dinner as it takes less than a half hour to get ready and doesn't take much effort to put together.
Does this recipe completely mimic the beer battered creations your favorite pub serves up? Not exactly, but it will give you a satisfying and much healthier alternative if you're in the mood for Fish n Chips! It took everything in my power not to heat up some oil in a skillet and fry these filets once I got the coating on them, but I'm glad I resisted. Oven frying the tilapia in its cornmeal crust still gave the nice crunch I enjoy when eating traditional fish n chips (and left my fingers a lot less greasy). The tartar sauce was the final touch, adding a robust flavor that tasted surprisingly delicious. I must have commented 5 times about how great it was to be able to make a fat free sauce that held such a similar quality to that of the mayo induced version. As a matter of fact, the only complaint about the meal was that there we ran low on tartar (No worries, I already doubled the measurements when writing out the recipe).
If it looks like salmon, feels like salmon, and tastes like salmon, it must be… Steelhead Trout! That’s right, there’s an imposter out there, but this variety of Rainbow Trout does a great job of living up to salmon standards. I first found out about Steelhead about 4 years ago when the clerk in the seafood department suggested I give it a try. I’m glad she turned me on to this new fillet, not just because it’s less expensive and sustainable, but also because it is less fatty. You can prepare the trout the same as you would any salmon dish, like this simple, yet flavorful Garlic & Lime Salmon Steelhead Trout.
A nicely cut piece of fish can turn into a fancy looking dinner without much effort. There is just something about how a delicate filet of fish lays on the plate that makes the meal appear to be a little more classy. For this particular dinner, I used beautiful portions of Mahi Mahi (also known as Dolphin- the fish, not the "Flipper" kind) that we purchased from a local market on sale. And by sale, I mean steal, for just $4.99/lb- a terrific price for fresh fish from our local waters. This meal was so tasty (and healthy and affordable) that I vowed to my husband that once a week we would eat whatever fresh fish was on sale for the week... and if it turns out as good as this meal, ya know I'll be sharing it with you as well!
“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” (Charles Colton) so what better way to show one of my best friends, Kim, how fond I am of her than to make one of her recipes. Better yet, I invited her over to enjoy it with us! Her and I share a passion for cooking along with a whole other slew of things (reality TV, bargain shopping, game shows) so it is always sure to be a good time when we're together. The Shrimp Po'Boy and its sidekicks were the perfect meal to enjoy while we caught up. This version of the sandwich is light (not fried), but filling at the same time and make a great lunch or dinner option. You can also prepare the shrimp and sauce to make an easy, dipping appetizer or snack!
The first "fan submitted recipe" comes from Michael F. (Los Angeles, CA) and it's near and dear to my heart, featuring Steelhead Trout as the star. Its "wardrobe" of garlic, Old Bay, and panko is sure to make this talented fish an A-list Celeb. Thanks Michael- can't wait to give this Panko Encrusted Trout a try!
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Thursday night dinner at our house often represents a creative concoction based on what’s left in the fridge. This week I had a bunch of fresh veggies that I wanted to use up along with tilapia filets, so I opted to do a Ratatouille with Baked Fish. I must admit ever since the Disney movie came out (it was adorable), I’ve been more in tune with this traditional French dish. With such a fancy name, it must be a tough one to make, right? Wrong! Well, at least my version of it is simple enough to perfect, even for the most novice cooks.
Customarily, eggplant, tomatoes, onions, zucchini, garlic, bell peppers and herbs, are found in Ratatouille, but you can improvise with what you’ve got. The key is to use fresh vegetables, cook them correctly, and be ready to enjoy a mouth-watering meal! Ratatouille can be served as a side dish, a vegetarian meal (perhaps with couscous), or made into an omnivorous meal by adding fish (like this recipe calls for), shrimp, or chicken.
After a weekend filled with heavy meals, my arteries and thighs are glad to be back home and longing for light, yet flavorful dishes. First one on the list is Shrimp Stir Fry. I have made this dinner several times and each time it varies since I don't always have the same veggie line up in the fridge. So if your ingredients don't match exactly with mine, it's ok. Any combination of veggies and protein (or tofu) can result in a beautiful Asian inspired meal and you can do it in less than 30 minutes!