Tomorrow I sail away, but just one more meal….

One more day until I’m cruising away and I have a fridge full of food! Yikes! I need to eat some of the veggies and fast! I have a huge head of cauliflower, some fresh spinach, lots of salad and I decided to buy a piece of fish to round out the meal. This meal seemed like it would be a nice “detox” meal before all of the processed, fattening foods of the cruise! I’m realllllllly going to try to be good about what I eat on the cruise and I’m pretty confident I’ll eat fairly well, but I know there’s a plate of pasta on that cruise that has my name written all over it–oh yeahhhhh. Oh how I have missed you my lovely little carbs!! 😉 And if they have lobster tail–fuggedaboutit–It’s over-I’ll have 6. I’m not joking.

Usually I just steam the cauliflower and dress it with some olive oil and salt/pepper (kinda simple and boring, yet tasty), but I needed a change and decided to put an Indian twist on it and make it with some curry powder.

Baked panko crusted tilapia, curried cauliflower, wilted spinach with garlic

You can easily pan fry the fish (which I prefer) but the baking method is obviously healthier and it also prevents my house from reeking like fish!! I don’t usually use tilapia, but it’s cheap and available everywhere, so I decided to go with it. If you can get your hands on some wild caught snapper or even kingklip, go for it because they’re tastier fish and pan fry quite nicely. The tilapia are farm raised which is not good. I think it’s important to know where your food is coming from and I think many people naively shovel it in their mouths without even a second thought about what the food contains and what it will do to your body in the long-term. Just do a google search about the disadvantages of farm raised fish and shrimp and the pages that appear do not paint a pretty picture, my friends. So if you’re a big tilapia eater or farm raised shrimp eater, I would do some research and inform yourself of what you’re putting into your body. It’s cheap for a reason, folks! So here I am publicly denouncing tilapia and then turning around and making a recipe with it!! Ah, screw it, everything in moderation…..Like I said, I rarely eat it and it’s cheap and readily available and my brain is already in vacation mode. Let’s do this…

Here’s what you need:

tilapia fillets

panko breadcrumbs (I like the seasoned kind)

cauliflower florets

1 bag of fresh spinach

1 garlic clove (minced)

fresh cilantro for the cauliflower

red onion (chopped)

1 egg

curry powder/salt/pepper/olive oil/canola or vegetable oil

Here’s what you do:

Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees. You can do this in the toaster oven too! My oven doubles as a storage spot for pots and pan, so if I don’t have to use that sucker then I’m a happy gal!

Cut the cauliflower into small florets. Heat up a pan with a couple tablespoons of the canola or vegetable oil. Then toss in the cauliflower, chopped onion, and curry powder (to taste). Stir it around and make sure the cauliflower gets coated with the curry powder. Keep watching it and testing the tenderness every couple minutes.

Crack an egg in a bowl, mix it up and then coat the tilapia with it. Then dredge the tilapia in the panko crumbs, put it on a baking dish, and stick it in the oven. Shaaaake and baaaaake! 😉

Check your cauliflower and if they’re at your desired tenderness, throw in some salt/pepper and your chopped cilantro. Remove from heat. If you don’t have cilantro, don’t sweat it. It still tastes great without it.

In a pan, heat up a couple tablespoons of olive oil. Toss in your minced garlic clove–let it cook for 30 seconds to a minute. You don’t want to burn it! Burnt garlic=nasty, bitter taste. No bueno. Dump the whole package of spinach into the pan. Yes, the whole package! Trust me, it cooks down–a lot! Season with salt and pepper and keep turning the leaves with tongs to coat them with the olive oil/garlic. Once everything has wilted, remove from heat.

Your tilapia should be finishing up and you’re ready to plate!!

I’ll be back home at the end of next week so no more posts for me until then! I hope everyone has a great weekend and if you like what you see, please comment and share with your friends!
Sorry there are no pictures tonight. I was hungry and rushing through it!!

Buon Appetito!

–Melissa

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3 Comments on “Tomorrow I sail away, but just one more meal….”

  1. Peter
    March 11, 2012 at 11:31 am #

    Another great way to make the cauliflower is to par cook it, shock in cold water and set aside. take a clove or two of garlic, mince it and throw it into a hot olive oiled pan with one or two anchovie fillets. Break the fillets down with a utensil and add the cauliflower and stir to coat well with the oil, garlic and anchovies. Take off heat when hot and tender, throw in some chopped ITALIAN parsley (the other kind is just garnish-worthy) and serve with a sprinkling of salt and pepper.
    Though I do like the curried caul., I like this kind also.

  2. Gin
    March 9, 2012 at 10:20 pm #

    And I totally understand when u get home and u r hungry so u cook and eat right away without taking pictures!:)

  3. Gin
    March 9, 2012 at 10:16 pm #

    I love to eat cauliflower and spinach just with garlic salt olive oil and pepper!!!

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