Everything That Blows Away Soon Is Gonna Come Back Home

Eric and I like to at least make an effort to eat healthy meals.  That obviously doesn’t always happen (just look at last week’s Tasty Tuesday post if you want an example!), but we try to keep the incredibly high calorie meals to a minimum if at all possible.

One of our favorite healthier meals is anything with fish.  Since becoming Costco members, we’ve been buying fish more frequently since we can get quite a bit of it for a reasonable price.  I know some people will turn up their noses at this, but we like to portion it out and freeze it in several Ziploc freezer bags.  It honestly has never affected the flavor of the fish, and it saves us time and money (something I’m definitely a fan of!).

Anyway, this week I’ll be sharing one of the healthier fish recipes I’ve tried recently.  This dish is incredibly simple, but completely packed with flavor.  When I first read over the recipe, it sounded pretty good … But I just wasn’t sure if it would be great.  After making it, though, I can honestly say that it was delicious!  This will definitely be showing up on the menu again!

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My fish was so moist that it was literally falling apart, but I managed to still get a decent picture.  Personal photo.

Dijon-Crusted Tilapia

Recipe taken from www.tasteofhome.com.

Adapted very slightly by me!

Ingredient List:

  • 3 to 4 tilapia fillets (I used 3 because I’d portioned out that amount in each freezer bag.  Our fillets were pretty large, though, so we each had one and then split the third.  That was plenty of food for the two of us!)
  • 3 tbsp reduced fat mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp butter or margarine (I used low fat margarine.)

Instructions:

1.) Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

2.) In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, half of the Parmesan cheese, the juice of 1 lemon, and the Dijon mustard.

3.) Place the tilapia fillets on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray, and spread the mayonnaise mixture evenly over both sides of the fish.

4.) In a second small microwave safe bowl, melt the butter or margarine in the microwave.

5.) Add the Panko breadcrumbs and remaining Parmesan cheese to the melted butter, and sprinkle over one side of the fish fillets.

6.) Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the fish flakes easily with a fork.  I baked the fish for the maximum time of 20 minutes, which resulted in extremely moist fish that fell apart easily.  It also helped brown the coating a bit more, which is something I typically prefer.

7.) Enjoy!  We made easy sides for this meal (Steamfresh mixed vegetables and broccoli cheese Rice-a-Roni), making this an overall quick and delicious dinner that’s perfect for a busy weeknight.

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