Saturday, July 10, 2010

Simple Summer-time Supper

As promised from my last "Farmer's Market" post, I wanted to show you all what I did with the homegrown zucchini & squash I bought. This is a very common side dish to make using these beautiful vegetables in the Greek cuisine.

Doesn't it just look like summer?!?! So healthy & fresh. Ok, ready to make it?? Here we go...

First, place squash & zucchini into a pot of water, cover & bring to a boil.

-These will be completely "done" in less than 15 minutes after boiling. You just want them to soft when poked with a fork. Remove the veggies from the hot pot of water and place into a bowl to cool for a few minutes.

In the meantime...I'm going to prepare tonight's seafood- Tilapia!! I prefer to get these frozen from Costco. They make dinner time much easier. I wanted to make these in aluminum pockets. If you haven't done this before, you MUST. Not only will it keep your fish super juicy during the cooking process, but it makes for easy clean up too.

-First, lay out your aluminum foil sheets (one for each filet) & lightly coat with olive oil. This keeps the fish from sticking to the inside.

-Next, slice up some lemon or lime. I used lime this time, but it's up to you.
-Place one filet of Tilapia on each aluminum sheet, drizzle with olive oil, and season with plenty of S&P and paprika. Then top with 2-3 slices of lime.
-Now we make the pockets. Bring up all four side of the aluminum foil and make a tight seal at the top. You want to make sure they are puffy rather than flat. This allows the fish to cook without losing the juices.
-Bake these lovelies at 350 for about 20 minutes. The fish is done when it's flakey. While this is baking, let's get back to our vegetables. This step takes all of 2 minutes. Thickly slice your zucchini & squash, liberally coat with olive oil, and season with simple S&P and fresh lemon juice. I could eat these everyday.

-The fish was still cooking, and I knew I wanted something more with dinner, so I popped a couple sweet potatoes in the microwave for 6 minutes. (Sidenote-I really don't like the microwave. It's not a healthy form of cooking...but when the craving strikes for sweet potatoes I will not wait an hour for it to bake). -My favorite way to eat 'em, a little butter + a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Guess what? The fish is done...

-Serve this with its juices. Will not disappoint!! Look at the finished product:
- I hope you take some time to try out this yummy meal. You can tweak the fish seasonings to your liking. You could use S&P and oregano with lemon, or make it cajun style!!

Kali Orexi!

1 comment:

  1. Fresh squash and zuchinni are some of my favorite things about Summer. Thanks for suggesting such an amazing way to incorporate them into a meal!


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