28. May 2014 · Comments Off on Busy Night Dinner: Pesto Tilapia · Categories: fast food, fish, main dish · Tags: , , , , ,

I think it was just yesterday that I was thinking, “I can’t believe it’s already May! This year is going by so fast — too fast!” And now, here it is, the last week of May. How did that happen? I don’t like being this BUSY. When life gets really hectic, dinnertime is one of the first things that suffers. I start reaching for food that is fast, not necessarily “fast food,” but food that gets on the table quickly. It’s not always a success. Sometimes it’s breakfast for dinner — eggs scramble really quickly– and sometimes it’s sandwiches. And sometimes, it’s amazing. I came across the idea for this recipe after forgetting to thaw the fish for dinner.  I’m really good at keeping my freezer stocked, but I’m not so good at remembering to defrost. Usually when I make tilapia for dinner, I just do a quick saute in a skillet, add some lemon juice and serve with rice and green beans or salad. But that’s when I remember to defrost the fish. Tonight, I forgot to defrost. When I make rice, I always make too much. I love to have rice with my lunch, (with a little kimchi and seasoned nori — that’s another post). It’s just as easy to make a lot of rice as it is to make a little, so why not make a lot? I had leftover rice, but nothing else was ready, and the natives where getting restless. aDSC02081 I turned my oven to 400 degrees. While the oven preheated, I trimmed a bundle of asparagus, drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with salt and pepper. This went on a small tray and into the oven while it preheated. My kids LOVE asparagus. Well, the big kids do.  The little one doesn’t eat green food. His brainwashing is still in progress. The mister doesn’t like asparagus either, but he eats it anyway. What a good man!   aDSC02082 Then I lined another baking tray with foil, sprayed with Pam spray and placed my frozen tilapia fillets on the tray. On each fillet, I smeared a spoonful of prepared pesto (I buy mine at Costco.), followed by a sprinkle of lemon zest, and once my oven was at the right temp, I put the tray in and let it bake until the fish was flaky, about 15-18 minutes. While that baked, I softened some chopped onion and bell pepper in a skillet with some olive oil and added my leftover rice and some Italian seasoning to make a quick fried rice. The asparagus was ready at the same time as the fish, and dinner was served! aDSC02086 That’s my kind of fast food!

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