Friday, January 10, 2014

Tilapia -fast food

In one of my first Grand Life posts, "Easy, fast, and cheap",  I suggested to my male friends that a man’s ability to cook an edible meal and clean up afterward is an attribute highly valued by women. I heard back from some guys that they had tried the recipe and that I should do another one.

Today’s presentation is not a recipe, just a few simple techniques. Sometimes there is neither the time or energy for gourmet cooking. Going out can be an expensive hassle. I like to keep a few things in the freezer for nights like that. So for a quick, easy and inexpensive meal try this.

Simple recipe #2 Tilapia fillets with vegetables.
Frozen tilapia fillets
Frozen vegetables
Salad fixins’
Seasoned salt.

Tilapia is a nice light fish, especially good for people like me, who do not particularly care for fish. My wife loves fish of any sort, so it is a compromise for us. It comes in a bag with each fillet individually wrapped, so you can pull out the amount you need. They thaw easily; try setting them on the bottom of a skillet - heat conduction works both ways.

When you are ready to start, season the fish with a little seasoned salt. I like Emeril’s essence (recipe at food network) or you can use any mix on hand. Add a little paprika if you have it. It adds a nice taste and since it is a spice that burns, you’ll get that “blackened” look. After you season the fish, rub a little oil on the fish, not in the pan. Heat the pan on medium until hot. Put the fillets in the pan and leave them alone. You will see the edges start to turn white. Once the whiteness moves towards the center flip them over with a spatula. Now is the time to pop some frozen vegetables in the microwave. See if there is any salad stuff in the fridge and put together a small salad. For this meal all that was on hand was tomatoes. So I added some mozzarella chunks from a stick of string cheese, plus a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of dried basil.

It’s easy, fast, and cheap. You can have it on the table before a pizza guy could deliver. Its better for you and less expensive.

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