collegecraftyliving

Crafts and recipes on the cheap for the normal person

Honey Lime Tilapia October 17, 2013

Filed under: Recipes — LaurenTamony @ 1:12 pm
Tags: , , , ,

I might have mentioned previously that tilapia is one of my favorite foods. It thaws and cooks quickly, making it perfect for a rushed dinner. When I first found this recipe I was a little concerned, you have to 1) have the foresight to marinade the fish and 2) risk life and limb cooking it on the stove in olive oil. Granted number 2 might be a little far fetched my irrational fear of the stove made this part a major accomplishment.

What I loved most about the recipe is how easy it is and the flavor. For as little time and effort as it requires it sure does taste good! The breading comes out crispy and really packs the sweetness in. I cut the recipe in half when I made it and ended up making the entire amount of the marinade it suggested from the beginning for my two fish. Maybe I drown the fish (ironic) but that’s what worked for me.

With the weather getting cooler give this a shot for dinner to bring a little summer back in your life!

Honey Lime Tilapia

Honey Lime Tilapia:

Fish and marinade:

    • 2 tilapia fillets- Original recipe called for 4 pieces
    • 2 tablespoons lime juice (from 1 large lime)
    • Zest of 1 lime- Because I’m cheap I didn’t have a lime on me, or a zester for that matter, it worked fine without this
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
    • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
Coating and Cooking:
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose or whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, lime zest, olive oil, honey, salt, pepper and garlic. Place the tilapia in a gallon-sized ziploc bag and pour the marinade on top of the fish. Press the air out of the bag and seal. Refrigerate the fish for at least an hour and up to 4 hours. It helps to lay the bag in a flat dish and turn it over once or twice during the marinading time since the marinade won’t completely cover the fish.
  2. Before cooking, whisk together the flour, salt and pepper in a shallow dish like a pie plate. Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until rippling and hot. Dredge each tilapia fillet in the flour, coating both sides lightly. Cook the fillets for 3-5 minutes per side without moving the fish while it cooks on each side; this will ensure a more even browning. Adjust the cooking time as needed depending on the thickness of the tilapia and the heat of the skillet and work in batches if necessary so the skillet isn’t overcrowded.
Advertisements
 

Alfredo Sauce for Beginners June 12, 2013

Filed under: Recipes — LaurenTamony @ 7:54 pm
Tags: , , ,

While I may not be Italian I absolutely love Italian food. But Italian food and I have a sort of love hate relationship, I love eating it but I hate making it. I was home the other day though and my mom ended up making chicken parmesan and fettuccine alfredo for dinner, it was AH-MAZING, while the chicken is way out of my cooking league the alfredo recipe was surprisingly easy to follow. The recipe came from allrecipes.com, here it is!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 (8 oz) package of cream cheese
  • 2 tsps garlic powder
  • 2 cups milk
  • 6 oz grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  • Melt butter in a medium saucepan on medium heat
  • Add cream cheese and garlic powder, stirring with a wire whisk (when I did it the cream cheese and butter didn’t really mix together, so don’t be alarmed if it looks a little separated)
  • Add milk, a little at a time, whisking to get out the lumps
  • Stir parmesan cheese and pepper in
  • Stir until the sauce reaches the desired thickness

Enjoy!

 

 

 

Nutella Lava Cookies March 7, 2013

Filed under: Recipes — LaurenTamony @ 11:11 pm
Tags: , , ,

Recently there’s been a lot of snow here in Virginia. And I’ve gone a little stir crazy. Along with cleaning and watching a West Wing marathon I decided it was cookie making time! I found the recipe for these nutella lava cookies on pinterest and it was love at first sight. These were amazing right out of the oven! They were a little tiresome to make, the rolling got old quick but they were so worth it! Give them a try!

IMG_4554-2-2

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1¼ cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups large semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • nutella for filling

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  3. Cream the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Blend in the eggs one at a time, scraping down the bowl as needed.
  5. Mix in the cocoa powder at low speed until well blended.
  6. Add the flour, salt and baking powder to the bowl and mix on low speed just until incorporated. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  7. Scoop up about 2 tablespoons of dough and roll into a ball. Flatten the ball in the palm of your hand and put in about 1/2 tbsp of nutella in the middle of the dough. Then wrap the edges around to form a ball and to cover the nutella completely. Place on the prepared baking sheets, and repeat process, placing balls about 2 inches apart. Bake about 13-16 minutes, until cookies are cooked and slide easily off of parchment paper. Serve while warm.

Original recipe from: http://kirbiecravings.com/2011/06/nutella-lava-cookies.html

 

 

Baked Parmesan Tilapia

Filed under: Recipes — LaurenTamony @ 10:58 pm
Tags: , , ,

One of my favorite things about having fish for dinner is how quickly it thaws when it’s frozen. It is my go to whenever I’m running late, starving, and forgot to plan ahead. Normally I just throw some marinade on it, I found this recipe a few weeks ago and loved it! The original recipe called for thyme but I didn’t have any so I just used basil and oregano and it worked out fine!  Give it a try and tell us what you think:

Baked Parmesan Tilapia:

Ingredients:

  • 1 tilapia fillets
  • 1 Tbspbutter (room temperature)
  • 1/4 clove mincedgarlic
  • 1/8 tsp basil
  • 1/8 tsp oregano
  • 1/8 cupParmesan cheese; grated

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Put on a baking sheet (spray the non-stick spray first) and bake for 10-12 minutes (it doesn’t have anything on it right now, add salt and pepper if you want but I didn’t and it turned out fine)
  3. Mix the butter, garlic, basil, oregano and parmesan cheese together.
  4. Once the fish is done (my mom says fish is done when it’s flaky, so that’s the standard I use), spread the mixture over it and let it sit in the oven for another 3 minutes.

Original recipe from: http://www.bigoven.com/recipe/198891/Easy-Baked-Parmesan-Tilapia

 

Salsa Chicken

Filed under: Recipes — LaurenTamony @ 10:56 pm
Tags: , , , ,

This chicken recipe is a fun fiesta recipe! Alright I’ll stop the terrible puns now, but seriously though this chicken recipe is awesome. It was so full of flavor! This is my moms recipe so give it a shot with a side of rice or nachos!

Ingredients:
– 1/4 pack of taco seasoning mix
-Salsa
-Shredded cheese (any blend)
1 chicken breast

Directions:
-sprinkle the taco seasoning mix ontonthe chicken
-brown the chicken in a skillet for about 3 minutes on each side, this locks in the taco flavor.
-put the chicken in a pan and pour salsa over top
-place in oven and cook at 375 for about 30 minutes or unil the chicken is done.
-sprinkle cheese on top and put back in the oven for 3 minutes.

And you’re done! Enjoy!

 

image

 

Cheddar Chicken February 20, 2013

Filed under: Recipes — LaurenTamony @ 4:09 am
Tags: , ,

This recipe is so delicious! It tastes great and is so easy to make! My one issue was the bottom was a little soggy, if you have a rack to put the chicken on and than put into a pan I’d recommend that, however soggy bottom or not, this chicken tasted great!Here’s the recipe:

image

 

4 buttery crackers (such as Ritz), crushed
2 ounces grated Cheddar cheese
1/4 clove garlic, (I bought a small container of chopped garlic awhile ago and it’s served me well for things like this)
kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
1 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Heat oven to 350° F. In a bowl, combine the crackers, cheese, garlic, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper.

Dip the chicken in the butter, then in the cracker mixture, pressing gently to help the crackers adhere. When I did this very little stayed on, so I just patted a majority of the mixture onto the chicken when I put it on the baking sheet.

Bake until the chicken is golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes.

Enjoy!

 

Apple Cinnamon Muffins February 14, 2013

Filed under: Recipes — LaurenTamony @ 2:00 am
Tags: , , ,

I don’t know about you all but I am always so incredibly rushed in the morning I forget breakfast nine times out of ten.  I know it’s bad for me but when it’s between the snooze button and a bowl of cereal I’ll always pick those extra ten minutes of sleep.  A little while ago to counter my morning rush I started making things the night before or the weekend before that I could grab as I rush out the door in the mornings.  These muffins I made were great!  Very easy, and really delicious.  When I did it I made a dozen of them.  I know the ingredients list looks daunting but a majority of the ingredients I already had, here’s the recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1-3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons applesauce
  • 1 medium tart apple, peeled and grated (I chopped mine and it turned out fine, it’s a preference thing)
  • TOPPING:
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped nuts

Directions

  • In a bowl, combine the first six ingredients.
  • In another bowl, combine the egg, milk, oil and applesauce.
  • Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Fold in the apple.
  • Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full.
  • For topping, combine brown sugar and flour. cut in butter until crumbly. Stir in oats and nuts. Sprinkle over muffins..
  • Bake at 400° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.

I got the original recipe from: http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/AppImagele-Cinnamon-Muffins