Friday, September 10, 2010

It ain't Giada, but it'll work...

Last night I was in the need for a quick meal that I all the ingredients for already on hand. It was a pretty good meal to be able to throw together in 30 minutes. So, if you have a busy day and no time to grocery shop, here's a good "go to" meal.

Creole Tilapia
(Buy a big bag of frozen tilapia from Costco or your grocery store to keep on hand)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line up to 6 pieces of fish in a baking dish.
In a skillet, saute 2 chopped green onions in a couple tablespoons of butter.
2 cloves minced garlic
1 bay leaf
1 T. lemon juice
1 can stewed tomatoes
1 t. salt
1/2 t. pepper
1/2 t. oregano
1/2 t. basil
1/4 t. red pepper
Cook until heated well. Pour over fish and bake in oven uncovered for 20-25 minutes depending on thickness of fish.

When you stick the fish in the oven, start cooking some rice. (I like Jasmine Rice.) They'll get done about the same time.

Then start on the green beans. Typically, I like these green beans that I posted about here. But when I'm in a hurry or don't have fresh on hand, these aren't too shabby.

Sweet Green Beans
(plan about 1 can of beans per 3 people)

In a sauce pan. Cook on medium low for 15-20 minutes.
1 can whole green beans. Drain half the juice.
Chop a little onion (maybe a couple tablespoons)
A little olive oil
Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and dried basil
About a teaspoon of sugar or Splenda.

Open a couple cans of sliced peaches to serve with the meal.

So the whole meal consists of Creole Tilapia served over rice, sweet green beans, and peaches. Not exactly the meal I would want to "show off" with for company, but it'll work!

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