Friday, July 10, 2009
Favorite Food Fridays
I've been in a bit of a slump in the food department lately. Tired of cooking after a full day of chasing Mommy's Many Mini Munchkins around, tired of the same old things, and in need of inspiration. So last week I got out my cookbooks and spent a happy evening looking through old favorites I had forgotten about and some new recipes that I thought I might enjoy. I've had lots of fun this week trying some new foods out on the family and planning on re-visiting some old favorites we haven't had in a while.
Recognizing that I must not be the only one who needs re-inspiring in the kitchen from time to time, I thought I'd start using Fridays to share recipes that are family favorites (some old and some new, all of them family favorites).
Now, I will provide a disclaimer that I very rarely measure for most of my cooking, so if you are an experienced cook, feel free to eye-ball it and experiment, but I am working on measuring while I cook currently, so as to provide accurate quantities for those of my friends who prefer to have exact quantities and directions.
To start with, an old stand-by and a super-easy meal, but one that always gets the boys excited and makes Gareth happy:
Baked Tilapia (or, according to Noah and Nathan-Tilapia From the Sea)
6 tilapia fillets
2/3 tube of Ritz crackers, crushed
fresh ground salt and black pepper
1 lemon, cut into wedges
Thaw tilapia fillets. Remove from packaging and use a paper towel to pat dry. Place on a baking tray covered with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 425.
Sprinkle each fillet with a pinch of salt and a pinch of pepper. Divide crushed Ritz crackers over the top of the fillets. Sprinkle a pinch of dried basil over each and then drizzle with olive oil (approximately 1 tsp. per fillet). Bake at 425for 15 minutes.
I usually serve this fish with boiled and buttered baby potatoes and baby peas (frozen, not canned!) and a wedge of lemon for garnish.