What’s for dinner? Lemon Garlic Tilapia

With the cost of meat being so high…we’ve been eating a lot more fish!

It’s not only super tasty, but pretty good for you too 😄

I picked up a family pack of tilapia last week, so I had some still in the freezer.

This is what I made:

Lemon garlic tilapia

Photo credit: Allrecipes

*I forgot to take a picture, so I’ve borrowed this one from Allrecipes*

Lemon Garlic Tilapia

Courtesy of Allrecipes

Ingredients:

4 tilapia fillets

3 tbsp fresh lemon juice

1 tbsp butter, melted

1 clove garlic, finely chopped

1 tsp dried parsley flakes

pepper to taste

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Spray a baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
Rinse tilapia fillets under cool water, and pat dry with paper towels.
Place fillets in baking dish. Pour lemon juice over fillets, then drizzle butter on top. Sprinkle with garlic, parsley, and pepper.
Bake in preheated oven until the fish is white and flakes when pulled apart with a fork, about 30 minutes.

I boiled up some chopped carrots and diced potatoes and mashed them up with a bit of butter, milk and garlic powder, and steamed up a pile of spinach to serve alongside. The kids gobbled it up and even stole some of my fish!

What’s for dinner? Shamrock Pizza

It’s Pizza Night at our house…

and our daughter has requested a shamrock-shaped pizza in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day next week.

I prefer to make homemade pizza crust rather than get the store-bought, and frozen pizza is a big no-no in our house.

We love to put our own toppings on our pizzas, especially black olives! We have two Olive Monsters in our house, so our pizzas are usually pretty smothered in those!

Here’s what I made:

Shamrock Pizza

Home-made Pizza Dough

Adapted from The Taylor House

Ingredients:

1 package or 2-1/4 tsp yeast 

1 cup hot water

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp salt

4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

2-1/2 cups flour

1 tbsp Italian Seasoning

1 tbsp garlic powder

Directions:

Mix Yeast, hot water and sugar together and let sit for 10 minutes.

Next add the oil and seasonings.

Flour is added last.

Let sit for 10-15 minutes

After resting the dough, press out into your desired shape on a pre-greased pan. Top with sauce of your choice, this is a good one, and your favourite toppings. We like shredded chicken, salami and ham, peppers, onion, mushrooms, spinach, basil, loads of olives and a major amount of cheese!

Put into a pre-heated, 400 deg F oven for 20 minutes.

Let cool 5 minutes so the cheese settles down, then cut into slices.

We like to drizzle ours with Valentina hot sauce or sriracha sauce and sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan.

Slow Cooking

‘Tis the season to bring out the slow cookers, (if you haven’t already been using them all summer to keep the heat down in your home).

Slow cooker

Slow Cooker

The kids are back at school, the parents are back at work, Fall sports have begun, number of hours in a day seem to be less. And chances are, you are now making dinner in a mad frenzy and probably not making super healthy choices when it comes time to feed the family.

Dinner time stress

Dinnertime stress!

Slow cooking is a great way to avoid dinnertime disasters and hitting up the nearest drive-thru. You toss everything into the slow cooker before you head out to work in the morning and by the time you get home, dinner is ready to go. Some recipes will require that you precook part of the ingredients prior to putting putting them in the pot, but if you give yourself a little extra time in the morning to do this step, or even the night before, you shouldn’t run into any trouble when you’re trying to get the family out the door in the morning.

Take time to enjoy dinner

Family dinner time.

There are loads of cookbooks and websites that you can check out to find recipes that suit your lifestyle and diet.

Here are a few websites to get you started:

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes_menus/collections/healthy_slow_cooker_recipes

http://www.cookinglight.com/food/top-rated-recipes/slow-cooker-favorites-00400000038588/

http://skinnyms.com/category/recipes/skinny-slow-cooker/

http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/recipe-index?slow-cooker

http://allrecipes.com/recipes/main-dish/slow-cooker/

http://www.babble.com/best-recipes/7-kid-favorite-slow-cooker-dinners-for-school-nights/

http://glutenfreeslowcooking.com/category/recipes/

http://momswithcrockpots.com/

Have fun, eat well and keep dinnertime stress-free:)