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I am just like so many busy moms out there. I want to create great meals for me and my family where the food brings us together at the end of a long and hectic day. I want to empower moms to feel like they are able to make Great Everyday Meals by using simple, accessible, and inexpensive ingredients and basic cooking techniques. It’s more about family and less about slaving away in the kitchen cooking. I have been a restaurant industry professional for about 10 years and have a great passion for cooking. I will share tips, recipes and techniques that I have learned to arm everyday cooks with the foundation to simple yet great tasting cooking! Johanna M. Cook

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Crispy Tilapia Fillets w/ Steamed Asian Vegetables

I love cooking with Tilapia. It is a white fish that lends itself to whatever flavors you choose. It can be cooked medittereanean style in olive oil, capers and cherry tomatoes. It can also be done cajun style, blackened with creole seasonings or simply dusted with flour and fried crispy, like in this easy recipe. There are so many ways to cook this fish. Also, a great plus is that it is fairly inexpesive and a great must have for quick and easy meals.

For the steamed Asian vegetables, I simply used frozen, pre-mixed stir-fry veggies you can find in any grocery store. I always have frozen vegetables handy for days when I need to get meals done super-duper fast and I have no time to cut and chop and dice. What's great about frozen vegetables is that the veggies are flash frozen at the peak of it's freshness so the quality is quite good, even in generic brands. Also, you can steam the vegetables right in the bag and not have to use another pot. PLUS!!

Crispy Tilapia

6 Tilapia fillets
1 1/2 cups of flour
1 TBL of kosher salt
2 tsp of ground black pepper
1 TBL of dried oregano
4 TBL of vegetable oil

Steamed Vegetables

1 lb bag of frozen stir-fry vegetables
2 tsp of sesame oil
2 TBL of soy sauce

Heat a non-stick saute pan with the vegetable oil in high heat. In a large plate, mix together the flour, salt, pepper and oregano until all the ingredients have been fully mixed together. Take each fillet, pat dry, and lightly coat in the flour mixture. Place 2 fillets at a time in the saute pan and cook until golden brown. Do this until all the fillets are done.

Take a microvable bowl and place the bag of frozen vegetables in the bowl, poking 3-6 holes in the bag. Steam in the microwave for 5 minutes. Carefully take the bowl out and cut the top of the bag, slowly as the steam will escape. Place vegetables in a serving bowl and toss with sesame oil and soy sauce. Serve alongside the crispy Tilapia fillets.

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