Moving Day is TOMORROW! And I’m not sick this time, woohoo!! I will finally stop griping and complaining about having to move out of our beloved neighborhood, move our stuff into storage, live with the parents for a few weeks, and then move again into our new digs. Maybe. I still miss our house. And our neighbors. And our street. AND, now I have to unpack, wahhhh!!! Somebody stop my whining please. I can’t even take it. Every time we’ve moved I always say that this time I’ll unpack in a very organized matter. Everything will have a neat and orderly home. It.never.happens. Impatience kicks in and I just want to be done already. This is where the closet-shoving commences. Ok, for real though, THIS time I will do it! It WILL be clean. Organized. Neat. If I keep repeating it, will it happen?
I’ve been cooking most of our meals while living at the parents house and trying to keep it as simple as possible. After gorging during the Superbowl on this Bleu Cheese Bread (it’s way too easy and delicious for my own good), we needed something on the healthier side. After some stalking I landed on Skinnytaste’s Baked Garlic Lemon Tilapia. I love the ease and simplicity of this dish! Anything that I can quickly throw together after work that is still delicious and healthy is a major win in my book. Really you can’t go wrong with garlic, lemon and a little butter. Yum. This dish is incredibly fresh, light and so satisfying.
I usually refrain from cooking fish because it stinks up the house for dayyyys but I have a trick for you! I found it on Pinterest a while ago and it totally works. Put two capfuls or two tablespoons of vanilla extract (use the cheap variety here, no need to waste the good stuff) in a coffee mug and bake it in the oven at 300 degrees for 20 minutes. Warning: you may crave dessert your home smells so good! I love doing this after cooking fish, using the crockpot or just because I want my house to smell better. Now you can make this baked tilapia without smelling fishy remnants for days, score!
I served our fish with couscous (from a box, thanks Plaza Produce!) that literally takes about 5 minutes to make and roasted asparagus with some parmesan sprinkled over it after baking. It was a perfect combo! Just add some olive oil, salt and pepper to your asparagus, lay it out on a baking sheet and stick it in the oven alongside or on the rack below the fish. It will all be done at the same time ready for you to chow down, take a shower and binge on some Netflix. Oh, wait. That was me. Just enjoying my last days of laziness before the unpacking madness begins!
- 6 (6 oz each) tilapia filets
- 4 cloves garlic, crushed
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 4 teaspoons fresh parsley, chopped
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Cooking spray
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Melt butter on a low flame in a small sauce pan. Add garlic and saute on low for about 1 minute. Add the lemon juice and shut off flame.
- Spray the bottom of a baking dish with cooking spray and add the fish. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Pour the lemon butter mixture on the fish and top with fresh parsley.
- Bake until cooked, about 10-15 minutes. Fish is done when it easily flakes with a fork.