Aug 20, 2009

An Amazing Evening with the hubby and dinner!

The Mr. and I had a fun night last night. We originally had planned to have some friends over but that didn't work out so we got to spend an evening alone. We even spent a few hours writing music. I hadn't done that in so long. I know he hadn't either. It was nice to have someone to collaborate with, and someone who plays the guitar 10 million times better than I do. Still a work in progress but so far, not so bad. *smile*

Last night’s dinner was good! It’s very rare that I don’t rip apart the meals I’ve made with “It’s too salty” or “It’s not cooked all the way” or “I don’t like it, do you?” but I was pretty happy with last night’s meal. We had Parmesan Crusted Tilapia with Roasted Tomatoes, Bacon & Green Beans.

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia, have you ever had it? Mm…I had it once at Olive Garden and was very impressed with the thought. So, of course I HAD to make it!
Parmesan Crusted Tilapia
Makes 4 filets
Parmesan Crust Mix:
  • ¼ cup panko bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tbsp White Truffle Oil (or substitute EVOO) Mix all three ingredients well in a bowl.
  • 4 Tilapia Filets
  • ¼ cup of Alfredo sauce
Heat oven to 450°

Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Then place your filets down and lightly salt and pepper them. Drizzle 1 Tbsp of alfredo sauce over each filet and then use ¼ of your crusting mix on each filet. Bake for 10 minutes.

Roasted Tomatoes, Bacon & Green Beans

First, buying the fresh green beans… I buy a handful for each person I’m gonna feed.
So I bought 2 handfuls of green beans. It’s a nice serving amount.

  • Fresh Green Beans
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp EVOO
  • Sea Salt
  • Fresh Ground Black pepper
  • 6 slices of cooked bacon (chopped)

Heat oven to 400°

For an easy clean up line your baking sheet with foil paper and then spray with cooking spray. Place the cherry tomatoes in one layer on the baking sheet. Drizzle about a Tablespoon of EVOO over the tomatoes, salt and pepper and then place in the oven for 20-25 minutes.

Q: How can you tell they are done?
A: They start to kind of shrivel and open up a little and they get really soft.

While the tomatoes are in the oven you can cook up the bacon. (Save about a Tablespoon of the bacon drippings)Don’t forget to clean your green beans. You can either tear the stems off or take some cooking shears to the ends of them.

During the last 10 minutes of the tomatoes in the oven, place the green beans in a skillet with ½ cup of water and 1 Tablespoon of “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” or something similar on med-high heat. Let the green beans simmer until the water disappears (about 8 minutes) and then turn the heat down to medium. Add the reserved bacon drippings.

When the tomatoes are done add the chopped bacon to them and then pour over the green beans. Mix together with tongs.

My hubby was happy! After we finished eating he was looking for more green beans. He LOVES bacon and so I know this part of the meal was heaven for him!

I've been thinking a lot about this desire and love I have for cooking lately. It makes me happy to cook for people and see my husband's face light up on the first bite.

Thank you God for the ability to cook, for the resources to make the things I want and for providing for my every need--electricity, water, food...I'm grateful for your provision Lord.

We also had a low-fat, sugar free custard with sliced figs for dessert last night. The Mr. licked the plate! I tried to get a picture but the camera was in the kitchen! LOL!

Low-Fat/Sugar Free Ricotta Custard
Makes 2 servings
  • 1/2 cup low fat ricotta
  • 2 Tbsp Sugar Free Coolwhip
  • 4 figs
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Mix the ricotta, coolwhip and cinnamon together. Spoon half the mixture onto a small plate or in a small bowl. Cut the stem off the figs and slice length -wise and place over the custard however you like. This is how I did it. P.S. This one is my own so please link back:)

Not the greatest picture. It tastes a lot better than it looks.

It's Thursday! Just one more day and then I get to sleep in for a few hours. I can't wait! Have a great day!!

~Mrs. Galvan~


Max02 said...

Last night was great. I had a lot of fun too.

Thanks for the food and help with the song.

The bacon was AMAZING. And the green beans cooked in bacon was so good! I want more.

I love you, Leslie

Sheila B. said...

I LOOOOVE tilapia!! this looks great Leslie!! :)