Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Baked Tilapia, Potato Salad, Roasted Asparagus

We're trying to clean out the freezer in preparation for a trip to the wholesale club. We had three tilapia filets that I decided to bake for a healthier dinner.

I seasoned the fish with salt, pepper and a little lemon juice and baked it for about 10 minutes at 400 degrees.

About 5 minutes before the fish went into the oven I put the asparagus tossed with oil, salt and pepper in to roast:

I've always wanted to cook with leeks but I never knew what to make with them so I don't buy them. But they looked so good at the farmers market a few weeks ago that I couldn't resist. SP wasn't in the mood for soup and I was running out of time to use them, so I sliced them up yesterday and left them to soak while I thought of an idea. I asked for ideas on my cooking board and was directed to this recipe for a warm potato salad. I used the basic idea to create a warm leek and potato salad:

... that was a half success. I slow-cooked the leeks in some butter until they were soft and mixed them with the cubes of potatoes tossed while they were still hot in a dressing made with lemon juice, white wine vinegar, fresh thyme, lemon zest, salt, pepper and olive oil. The potatoes soaked up the dressing, which was nice and tangy, but SP said next time I should just use the vinegar. I also thought the salad needed something crunchy like the fresh green beans that are part of the original recipe. It's definitely something I'll try again.
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  1. I've only cooked with leeks once and I used them in a puree for lamb meatball dip. It was that one food challenge I did. Anyway, I liked them. Should probably try to find ways to use them more often. Sorry your first attempt was half a success but it sounds like it wasn't the leek that was the issue.

    And the rest of the dinner looks lovely. I've been trying to make more fish for myself since I can actually cook it alright now. :)

  2. What a nice light and healthy meal!

  3. Melissa - Definitely not the leeks' fault. I liked the salad and I think with something crunchy like green beans it would have been great.

  4. hey... i love eating leeks and so do my mom. but somehow in my family, we only seem to fry it together with eggs. =D

    a simple dish, it still tastes awesome though..

  5. I never make fish for dinner (husband hates it but I love it!) because I really don't know how to fix it other than fry it. This sounds so easy! Thanks for the tips. :) Also, I just found your blog from a friend's blog and I really enjoy your dinner ideas and pictures. Awesome blog! :)

  6. That fish looks delicious! I've never had tilapia!


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