parmesan encrusted tilapia with lemony green beans

October 13, 2008

Another tilapia recipe from Shape magazine.

Parmesan Encrusted Tilapia with Lemony Green Beans
2 servings – Per serving: 376 cal, 17g fat, 9g carbs, 47g protein
4 skinless tilapia fillets (1 pound total)
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon dried basil
¼ cup parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons olive oil
½ pound green beans, ends trimmed
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil

Preheat the broiler. Cut the tilapia fillets lengthwise into two pieces, then pat dry with a paper towel and season to taste with pepper. In a small bowl, combine basil and Parmesan cheese; set aside. In a large saucepan, bring water for beans to a boil. 

Heat olive oil in a 12-inch heavy ovenproof skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking. Sauté the fish for 3 minutes or until brown. Flip the fillets over and remove the skillet from heat. Dust the tilapia with the cheese mixture. Place the skillet under the broiler to finish cooking the fish and slightly brown the cheese, about 3 to 4 minutes. 

As the fish cooks, add beans to boiling water. Lower heat and cook for 5 minutes or until bright green (beans should still be crisp). Drain beans and run under cold water. Shake off excess water and set aside. 

Mix lemon juice, lemon zest, pepper, and olive oil in a medium bowl. Add green beans and toss to coat; warm for 30 seconds in the microwave. Divide fish fillets and green beans on two plates and serve.


green bean, corn and tomato salad

July 8, 2008

If you are grilling this summer, try this yummy and healthy side dish from Body & Soul magazine:

Ingredients (Serves 4 to 6)
Coarse salt
3 ears corn, husks and silk removed
1 1/2 pounds green beans, stem ends snapped off
3 cloves garlic, peeled and gently smashed
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
1/2 small red onion, peeled and thinly sliced
1 medium yellow tomato, sliced 1/2-inch thick
2 cups of small, mixed red and green heirloom tomatoes, halved

Directions
1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the corn until tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove corn with tongs and set aside on a cutting board to cool. Using a strainer, remove any corn silk remaining in the pot.

2. Add the green beans, return to a boil, and cook until very tender, about 8 minutes (timing may vary depending on the size of the beans). Meanwhile, cut the corn kernels off the cobs and put kernels in a large bowl. Drain the beans in a colander, shake to remove excess water, and put in bowl with corn. Add garlic and 3 tablespoons of oil. Toss well and let stand at least 30 minutes for flavors to blend; refrigerate if longer than 30 minutes.

3. If necessary, bring beans and corn to room temperature by removing them from refrigerator 30 minutes before serving. Just before serving, remove the garlic and add the remaining tablespoon of oil along with vinegar, onion, and tomatoes. Add salt to taste and serve at room temperature.