Thursday, March 25, 2010

Tilapia for Dinner- Leftovers in a Pita

I came across a few good recipes, altered them and served it for dinner.
Cajun Tilapia with Pineapple Salsa
Vegetable Rice Pilaf
Cold Cucumber Salad

Cold Cucumber Salad- Let’s start by making this because it take a while to prepare. Fresh dill weed makes all the difference. It’s a wonderful herb that needs to be discovered. I had so much on hand so I started experimenting with it. Don’t be afraid to add it to something you are making. It just might revolutionize it! It’s wonderful in scrambled eggs, btw. Now back to the recipe.
Peel and thinly slice a large cucumber.
Add a little chopped onion.
Place in a bowl- mix with a pinch of salt. Cover and place in refrigerator for 30 minutes. Cucumbers retain LOTS of water and we want to get most of it out before adding the dressing (which will turn soupy anyway). Meanwhile, mix the dressing-
1 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon sugar
¼ cup fresh dill weed, rinse and pat dry
Mix together and adjust taste to your liking. I really like lemon juice so I’d add a bit more. We will only use two-thirds of this batch on the cucumbers and save the rest with our “leftover pita lunch”.

Drain the cucumbers and add dressing. Mix well. Serve cold.

Vegetable Rice Pilaf
1 cup rice + 1 ½ cups water
Minced garlic, carrot, onion, green pepper, tomatoes, mushroom (anything you want)
1 chicken bullion cube ( or substitute water for chicken broth)
1 tablespoon fresh dill weed
Cook until fluffy.

Pineapple Salsa for Tilapia
Combine equal amounts of chopped pineapple, tomatoes and onion (maybe ¼ c. of each).
Fresh cilantro
Pinch of salt
Pinch of sugar
3 tablespoons of lemon juice
Mix and let marinate for a bit.

We saved the tilapia for last since it cooks so fast!

Cajun Tilapia
4 Tilapia fillets (we love this fish because it's such a light tasting fish)
Rinse them off and pat dry.
Brush some oil on both sides.
Mix 2 tablespoons of Cajun seasoning and 1 teaspoon of salt into a bowl. Sprinkle both sides evenly with spice mixture.
Put a tablespoon of oil in a fry pan and get it HOT before adding the fish. Fish cooks fairly quickly so once you add the fish to the pan, watch for the sides to turn white (about 3 minutes) and flip. Cook for a few more minutes. It's done when the fish splits a little and is flaky inside.

Leftover Pita Lunch
I discovered that placing warmed leftover tilapia and rice in a pita pocket and drizzling the mayonnaise mixture over it was delightful!

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