Monthly Archives: June 2012

Spice Rub Tilapia

I love fish.  I can go without eating red meat and poultry for weeks on end, but that would be difficult for me to do with fish.  It is hard to believe that as a little girl I would not go near any type of fish.  Now I eat it raw!  I crave it.  The more the better.  That little girl would never believe it.  Lucky for me fish has a lot of really great health benefits. It is a great source of protein and those omega-3 fatty acids that everyone is talking about.

Tilapia is my “go to” fish.  It is inexpensive enough to eat often.  It is sustainable.  It has a firm texture which makes it easy to cook with and does not have a fishy taste.  Perfect.  The herbs de Provance is my secret ingredient in this dish.  As with many of my recipes, it was a fluke how the spices all came together.  Once I realized how good the combination was I knew it was a keeper.

Sometimes I make this recipe once a week.  It is so easy and takes no time to prep and cook.  I make it just for us on a weeknight and also for company.  While the fish is in the oven I make a side dish.  I serve it with a baked potato or sweet potato, cous cous or rice pilaf and some vegetables.  A healthy dinner and it is always a hit!

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Cook Time:  15 to 20 Minutes

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

 

Cooking Spray or Olive Oil in a Misto (preferable)

2 pounds tilapia filet

¼ cup olive oil

2 tablespoons paprika

2 teaspoons onion powder

2 teaspoons herbs de Provance

1 teaspoon garlic powder

Kosher salt

Freshly cracked pepper

 

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Spray a large baking pan or foil tray with nonstick cooking spray or olive oil in a Misto.  Place the tilapia filets in a single layer on the baking sheet.

In a small bowl add all of the spices, salt and pepper.  Mix well.

Drizzle olive oil over the tilapia and rub into the fish.  Sprinkle the spice rub over the fish.  Turn the fish over and drizzle the second side of fish with olive oil.  Sprinkle the other side with the spice rub.

Bake the fish for 15 to 20 minutes depending on the thickness of the fish.  Fish should be cooked through, not opaque and flake easily.

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Pasta Salad

Now that summer is in full swing you will probably see a lot of salad or slaw recipes from me.  When the temperature is hot outside I often do not feel like eating a heavy hot meal.  Since I love salads I tend to make and eat them all summer long.  There is also the added bonus of not needing to be in front of a hot stove for very long, or even at all.  Even though I have an air conditioned kitchen now (thank G-d) I do remember many years where that was not the case.  In the sweltering summer months you could not get me in front of the stove for an extended period of time,  even if you paid me.  I know there  are plenty of people out there like that now.

This is a really pretty and tasty dish.  Because it does not have mayonnaise it transports well and is great for parties and picnics where it does not need to be refrigerated.   It can be a side dish, lunch or even dinner with some shredded rotisserie chicken added in for protein.

You can feel free to be creative with this recipe.  It is really just a template.  You can add whatever veggies you like and take out anything you do not like.  My sister recently made this and added in a bell pepper and mushrooms.  If you do not like olives, take them out.  I use the tri color pasta because it looks pretty.  However, you could make this more healthful and use whole grain rotini instead.  I made this earlier this year for my son’s first birthday party.  It was a hit!  I know many people have a version of a pasta salad recipe.  I like this one because it is easy and tastes great!

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Cook Time: 15 Minutes

Yield: 4 – 8 servings

1 (12 ounce) box of tri-color Rotini (can substitute whole grain)

1 stalk of celery (close to the heart), diced

1 pint grape tomatoes, cut in half

½ of a 9-10 ounce bottle of Spanish olives stuffed with pimentos, drained and cut in half

1 cup frozen peas, thawed

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

2 scallions finely chopped (or 1 large shallot)

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

3 – 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Cook the pasta according to the package directions.

While the pasta is cooking chop your vegetables and olives.  Place the vegetables in a large bowl.

Drain the pasta and allow to cool.

To make the dressing, place the vinegar, scallions, mustard, salt and pepper in a separate bowl.  Whisk until all the ingredients are well incorporated.  Stream in the extra virgin olive oil while whisking vigorously until you have a dressing consistency.

Once the pasta is cool add it to the large bowl of vegetables and pour the dressing over everything.  Toss to combine all the ingredients. Can be served cold or at room temperature.

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