Thursday, March 20, 2014

Easy Seafood and Roasted Vegetables

Tilapia and roasted vegetables
So I've always really liked seafood, but I didn't grow up eating it at home. I've ventured into make shrimp, I've tried to make scallops, but other than buying frozen fish, I haven't ever made it. I was recently at the fish counter at my local Kroger where I asked a question about cooking fish and the employee told me about a new program they had. You pick out any time of fish or seafood you want, choose a seasoning and they will put it in a foil cooking pack for you that tells you all the instructions of how to cook. Obviously I was intrigued so picked up 2 tilapia fillets and chose Rosemary-Garlic as my seasoning. Not only that, be the employee also put real sprigs of Rosemary on the fish as well as slices of butter and lemon.
He then gave me a packet like this:
All of this cost under $7. I was pretty excited. When I got home, all I had to do was turn the temperature to what the packet said (380 degrees for electric oven) and cooked it based on how much it weighed (for about 20 minutes). It was so easy. The fish turned out so moist and delicious.
I told my boyfriend Matt that I was cooking fish for the first time in a foil bag from the grocery store and needless to say he was very skeptical. I definitely wowed him with this one though.

For a side, I made Ina's Roasted Winter Vegetables. Roasted vegetables are quickly becoming my favorite side dish because they are so easy to make and always turn out good. Here's the recipe I used:
Ingredients:
Sweet potato, peeled (1 large)
Carrot (2 medium)
Parsnip (1)
salt and pepper
olive oil
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Chop up all the vegetables into about 1 in cubes. 
  2. Place vegetables on foil lined baking sheet.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil (about 2-3T) and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Use hands to toss.
  4. Place in oven and cook until tender. (about 20 minutes).
The fish I was cooking needed to be at 380 so I ended up just putting the vegetables in the oven for about 5 minutes before the fish and then cooking the too together. Easy, simple, delicious. Perfect for weeknights.

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