I'm all about "budget friendly meals"! My four year old is rather defiant and refuses to cooperate with the whole potty training thing, so it gets expensive buying diapers for two kids! I try my hardest to cut corners whenever possible and almost exclusively buy things that are on sale. I tend to luck out and find tilapia on sale rather frequently (usually for $3.50/lb) and my husband and I have grown quite fond of it! I don't think I ever bought anything other than salmon or occasionally trout, for the first 6 or 7 years that my husband and I were together, but I've been fortunate enough to come across some really good tilapia recipes...this being one of them! Just as a "heads up", this recipe does have a bit of a "kick", so you may want to reduce the amount of red pepper, if you don't care for too much spice.
Red Pepper and Parmesan Tilapia
1 egg, beaten 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning 1 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes 1 teaspoon pepper 1 lb tilapia
Place egg in a shallow bowl. In another shallow bowl, combine the cheese, Italian seasoning, pepper flakes and pepper. Dip fillets in egg substitute, then cheese mixture.
Place in a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 425° for 10-15 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.
Note: I would suggest doubling this recipe for a family of four (especially if your kids are older!)
If you were to look up the word "picky" in the dictionary, you would see a picture of my husband off to the left. Growing up, I was exposed to all sorts of different foods and encouraged to experiment with different flavors, but after meeting my husband, I somewhat locked myself into an eight to ten meal rotation and was reluctant to deviate. I have since given birth to two of the least picky eaters on the face of the Earth, thus inspiring me to transform my cooking style. I know many people, like myself, lead such hectic lives, so I strive to find recipes that are quick and easy--especially those that you can whip up with ingredients that you ordinarily have on hand!
A bit about me...I married my husband, Marcus, on June 1, 2003 and we welcomed our son Jacob on March 22, 2005. Our daughter, Madeline, was born on March 1, 2008. I stay home with the kids for the most part, but also work occasional shifts as a registered nurse at a local hospital. I truly hope you enjoy my blog. A special "thank you" to my sister, Sarah, for giving me the idea! Her creativity is hard to live up to, but I'm a very determined person and hope to make her proud :)