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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Menu Plan Monday - Week of 10/5

I finally tried the tilapia that I mentioned last week! I found a recipe for Broiled Tilapia Parmesan that fit into the dietary guidelines that we have to follow. The original recipe is HERE, but I changed it a bit. Here's what I did. (Note: I didn't use 2 lb. of tilapia, so I cut the following recipe in half.)

Broiled Tilapia Parmesan

1/2 c. Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup Land-o-Lakes Spreadable Butter with Canola Oil
3 T. Kraft Mayonnaise made with olive oil
2 T. lime juice (I used the little plastic lime kind!)
1/4 t. dried basil
1/4 t. ground black pepper
1/8 t. onion powder
1/8 t. season salt (I'm leaving this out next time. It was kind of salty for us.)
2 lb. tilapia fillets

1. Preheat your oven or toaster oven's broiler. I used our toaster oven. It's quite large, and it's made for broiling meals. Line a pan with aluminum foil, and spray it with olive oil cooking spray.
2. In a small bowl, mix together everything except the fish. Set aside.
3. Arrange fillets in a single layer on the prepared pan. Broil a few inches from the heat for 3 minutes. Flip the fillets over, and broil for another 3 minutes.
4. Remove the fillets from the oven, and cover them with the Parmesan cheese mixture on the top side.
5. Broil for 2 more minutes or until the topping is browned and bubbly. Can I just tell you how yummy this looked as it got browned and bubbly??? The fish should also flake easily with a fork. Be careful not to overcook!

This got a YUM rating from me, my husband, and my daughter! I served this with baked yams. It was a simple meal, but very good! And I couldn't believe how quickly the fish cooked in our little toaster oven broiler. I'll definitely do that again!

Now on to this week..... I'm going to try to use up some of the food that we have here. My freezer is my main target! It's so full that it's not even funny. I bought some frozen veggies today, and I'd like to bake and freeze some banana bread this week. That means that I need to make room. Here's the plan.

Leftover BBQ Pork that I pulled out of the freezer yesterday - It should be thawed completely by Monday evening. I'll just add a bit more BBQ sauce to make sure that it's not too dry.
Sides: Homemade biscuits and green beans

Stuffed Pepper Casserole (recipe HERE)

Chicken 'n Noodles - Made with leftover chicken from the last rotisserie one we got at Kroger. I froze the meat into meal-sized portions. So I just have to cook the noodles, add the cream soup, and defrost the chicken. Quick!
Side: Frozen veggie of Emma's choice

I'm going to try another tilapia recipe... I'll have to let you know what I come up with.
Sides: Crock Pot Baked Potatoes, Salads

Homemade Pizza

We'll probably be watching the Ohio State football game at my parents' house, so I'll be coordinating with my mom on dinner this day.

Our small group is meeting again, so we'll just need a side dish. I'm thinking about making something involving some of the shredded zucchini that's taking up a LOT of room in my fridge!

For more great menu plan ideas, stop by Menu Plan Monday hosted by I'm an Organizing Junkie.

For more great recipes, stop by the recipe swap hosted by The Grocery Cart Challenge.


Lori.... said...

Mmmmm that recipe sounds awesome! I'm going to try it this week!

Leighann said...

I use that recipe... it is a family favorite around here. FYI - I use it with cod and it tastes delicious. I'm guessing you can use it with any white fish. Enjoy!!

Also, I'm interested to see what other fish recipe you do this week. I'm trying to clean out the freezer too and have some fish in there. Let us know how recipe #2 turns out!