Thursday, January 7, 2010

Tilapia with Balsamic Syrup & Quinoa

Usually when we make tilapia, we cover it with lemon and herbs and parmesan cheese. Being a non-fish person, I need my fish 'disguised' and 'hidden' under seasonings & cheese!!! When I started to prepare Wednesday's dinner, I remembered a recipe from Bon Appetit for Tilapia with Balsamic Butter Sauce. So I looked it up and thought, hey, we can improvise this. Sure, we have no snap peas. No potatoes. No whipping cream. No fresh thyme. And I can't eat garlic. But we have tilapia and we have balsamic syrup!!Balsamic syrup is a staple in our refrigerator. SP cooks the balsamic vinegar down until it is a syrup and then pours it into a squeeze bottle which we keep in the refrigerator. I lined a cookie sheet with foil and preheated the oven to 350. When he got home, SP put pats of butter on the tilapia and we cooked it for about 20 minutes. Then we simply drizzled the balsamic syrup on top. Yum!!!!One of our sides was quinoa. I am not a huge fan of quinoa. I've only had it plain, though. After I added the water to the pot and turned it on to cook the quinoa, I remembered that we recently watched a Giada At Home episode in which she made Herbed Quinoa. Hmmmm.... So I looked the recipe up. I ended up using the recipe as a guideline. I cooked the quinoa in water, not in chicken broth and lemon juice. I also didn't make a dressing, and we didn't have fresh herbs.After the quinoa was cooked, I sprinkled in dried basil, parsley, and thyme; grated some lemon zest over it; squeezed in some fresh lemon juice; added some fresh ground pepper; and drizzled in a wee bit of olive oil. Oh my gosh this dish is so tasty! I found a quinoa recipe that is really yummy!!!!Our vegetable was cooked carrots. We had a bag of carrots in the veggie drawer, so I peeled and chopped 5 carrots, which we simply microwaved to cook.

A delicious meal! I am starting to feel much better since we got back to normal with our schedule and meals.

We are about to have our evening tea and some dessert: orange spice tea and the last of the Chocolate Dipped Crescents and some Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cookies from the freezer. Yum! We'll be enjoying dessert while watching Modern Family (so funny) and a recorded episode of Worst Cooks in America. It's hilarious - we cannot believe how awful the contestants are at cooking!!

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