Thursday, February 17, 2011

Almond Granola

Almond Granola
from Keeping Up

1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon almond extract
4 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup sliced or slivered almonds

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together brown sugar, honey, oil, salt, vanilla and almond extract until well combined.  Fold in oats and almonds.  Spread mixture on a rimmed baking sheet and bake at 300 degrees for 10 minutes.  Still well, then bake another 10 more minutes, or until lightly browned.  Remove from oven and stir again.  Cool completely and store in a covered container.

{cooks note}

I was a bit skeptical of this recipe, only because I am not a huge fan of almond extract.  Plus I really like this recipe.  I gave it a shot and I am so glad I did.  It's really tasty and will make a great addition to our breakfast line-up.  I added 1/2 a teaspoon of almond extract instead of the 1 teaspoon it calls for.  It has a hint of almond flavor...just what I was going for.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Broiled Tilapia Parmesan

Broiled Tilapia Parmesan

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup butter, softened
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon celery salt
2 pounds tilapia fillets

Preheat your oven's broiler. Grease a broiling pan or line pan with aluminum foil.
In a small bowl, mix together the Parmesan cheese, butter, mayonnaise and lemon juice. Season with dried basil, pepper, onion powder and celery salt. Mix well and set aside.
Arrange fillets in a single layer on the prepared pan. Broil a few inches from the heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Flip the fillets over and broil for a couple more minutes. Remove the fillets from the oven and cover them with the Parmesan cheese mixture on the top side. Broil for 2 more minutes or until the topping is browned and fish flakes easily with a fork. Be careful not to over cook the fish.

{cooks note}

As my sister would say "Best white fish recipe I have made at home."  My other sister emailed this to me a few months ago and I had yet to try it.  I picked up some Tilapia at Costco and decided to try it.  Wow.  So, so good.  I used 2.5 pounds because 1) my husband eats a lot! and 2) we like leftovers.  Since I cooked a little more fish than the recipe called for I added a little bit extra of everything. This fish is so light and flakey, you'll definitely want more.  The good news is the leftovers, if there are any, are just as good as the first day if not better.  If you hesitate buying fish because of the cost, try and make extra room in your monthly budget for it.  It's so healthy for you.

I got 8 fillets in my bag.  

Each fillet is individually wrapped. 

I like to use fresh grated Parmesan cheese whenever I can.  It's somewhat unusual for a fish recipe to include any type of cheese.

Another ingredient that threw me off.

The mixture, once everything is added.  Doesn't look that tasty yet.

I used heavy duty tinfoil and lined my pan with it.  You really can't beat one less pan to wash.

Just out of the oven...

and just before entering my mouth.  Please try this soon and let me know what you think.