Tuesday, April 15

Baked Fish in foil packets

When it comes to seafood I rarely discriminate. I love it!
 I've been craving baked fish, something pretty... Individual foil packets were the way to go. I'm all about eating with my eyes, I'm such a freak. Anyways, the simplicity of this recipe & variations can make this a staple in your book of recipes. Use any veggies and/or herbs of your choice, & wrap in foil. Impress your honey with this eye pleaser.

1 1/2 lb chunky tilapia filets
 (or halibut, bass, cod, flounder, mahi mahi etc.)
3 garlic cloves
Olive oil
Salt & pepper
(Veggies I choose)
Red bell pepper, jalapeño, onion, asparagus (thinly sliced) 

Marinate your fish if time allows, place in a large ziplock, add crushed garlic, and 1Tb oil. 

Chop veggies for later use. 

Pre-heat oven at 400. Cut large pieces of foil, add a piece of fish, season with salt & pepper,

add some veggies,

finish with a slice or two of lemon, 1 piece of butter

& wrap tightly.

Place packets on a baking sheet & in the oven they go! Bake for 20-25 minutes.

 25 minutes was perfect!
Opening up the packets of fish smelled heavenly!

I probably made more food than our stomachs can handle, but everything was delicious!
My sides included black beans, barley, & Roasted Broccoli.
 The kids fish packets didn't included veggies, so these sides were perfect for them. 

XOXO, Enjoy!!!

Ree's, Quick Italian Salad

Who loves Olive Garden salad?? Or any fab Italian salad for that matter? ME! ME!
This recipe was adapted from Ree Drummond also known as Pioneer Woman, she's amazing!
Click the link to view her recipe: Ree's Italian Salad
I made this salad for a family BBQ and it was a total hit! I'm sharing it because some of you may not be familiar with Pioneer Woman & if you are yay!! You'll love this side.
I followed the dressing recipe to a T! It's so yummy, why mess it up!
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup grated Parmesan (pre-grated in a pack from the store)
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon vinegar
2 teaspoons black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 clove garlic, pressed
Juice of 1 lemon
In a blender add the olive oil, mayonnaise, Parmesan, parsley, sugar, vinegar, black pepper, salt, red pepper flakes, garlic and lemon juice and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed.
You can also use a good store bought Italian dressing,
but if you have these ingredients on hand, try it!
For the salad I used the following, 
2  romaine hearts (chopped)
1/2 head iceberg lettuce (chopped)
6 whole pepperoncini
1/2 cup whole black olives (sliced in half)
1/2 cup whole red cherry tomatoes
1/2 small red onion (sliced into thin cirlces)
1/3 cup grated Parmesan or more
Wash your veggies and dry. In a large bowl add the lettuce combination and mix together, top with the remaining veggies, I assembled them on top neatly. Looks pretty! 

I set the dressing in a bowl near by, as well as extra parmesan cheese.


Spicy Tequila Fajitas

Here's my special kicked up take on fajitas... more habanero please!

2lb Flap meat (Carne Ranchera)
1 Red bell pepper
1 Green bell pepper (sliced)
1 small onion (sliced)
1 tomato (sliced)
(2 habanero peppers (thinly sliced)
1-2 shots Tequila
Pinch of Cumin
Salt & pepper to taste

Slice all veggies & set aside. Pre heat a large skillet. 

Season meat with salt, pepper & cumin. Sear on both sides until brown (about 2-3 mins per side).
Take meat out, allow to rest on your cutting board for about 10mins. Then cut into strips.
 Throw veggies in and sauté for about 4 mins until slightly tender. Take veggies out onto a plate, throw sliced meat back into the skillet, make a hole in the center of the pan & pour in the
  Tequila shots.. Yay PARTY!! 
Mix meat into the tequila & cook for 1 min, pour veggies back in & incorporate all together. 

Turn heat off!!

 It's spicy & has a kick... I love taking chances with food, I hope you enjoy this dish as well!


Roasted Broccoli

Roasted broccoli takes on a whole new flavor, it's really yummy
and easy especially if you're already using the oven. 

Cut large broccoli florets, wash and dry! Don't skimp on the drying stage, it will pay off.
 Preheat oven at 400.

Place broccoli florets in a baking dish, season with salt & pepper.
 (I snuck in small chunks of butter, 1Tb cut).. don't tell my husband.

Bake for 15-20 mins & done!!