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10 Mar

Seafood Inspiration

Posted in 70 Meals, 70 meals one trip to the store, fish recipes on 10.03.11 by Smart Ingredients

There are a lot of reasons to eat fish. Sure, some of us look to it as a dinner “alternative” during days that our religions ask us to give up meat. Others turn to fish when the doctor recommends less of the fatty stuff. But infusing our diets with a low-fat, omega-3-hearty dinner is something we can all stand to gain in our weekly lineup. I meet many people who are afraid to cook fish as they aren’t sure they know how. I encourage everyone to try. It is not nearly as easy to dry out as chicken or pork, and with a mild-flavored fillet, such as Tilapia or halibut, there are so many flavor applications that are a perfect complement. They are also mild enough to please those who don’t think they like fish.

An average 1/2- to 1-inch thick fish fillet is fairly foolproof when baked for 20 minutes at 400 degrees F. Easy marinades from your cabinets and refrigerator can include lime juice, salt & pepper, soy sauce & honey, orange juice & olive oil, or butter & garlic. Simply marinate fillets in a baking dish or ziploc bag for one half hour, up to 4 hours, remove from marinade and place in oven. (On grill works fine too, just use a shorter cooking time). If you don’t want to marinate, use the below recipe for one of our favorite, simple ways to make delicious fish.

There are also several moreĀ  Seafood Recipes on our website that make serving fish simple, including Pecan-Crusted Fillets and Coconut Shrimp.

Italian Baked Fish with Garlic-Kissed Spinach

from the 70 Meals, One Trip to the Store cookbook


(Serves 4)

  • 4 Fish Fillets
  • 2 cups fresh or 1 cup frozen thawed spinach, rinsed and drained
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, diced
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning

Combine bread crumbs, Italian Seasoning, salt and pepper. In pan on stove cook spinach with two tablespoons butter and garlic for 5 minutes, until warmed through. Lay spinach in baking dish. Dredge fish in two tablespoons melted butter and place on top of spinach. Sprinkle fish with bread crumb mixture. Bake at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes.


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23 Jun

Busy Week — Quick Meals

Posted in One Trip to the Store, Shop Smart, Smart Ingredients on 23.06.10 by Smart Ingredients

Who is busy this summer? Anyone? Ha! It may be busy going to the pool or the beach, but it’s still busy. And spending more time outdoors means we need to be even better at economizing our time in the kitchen. This was a very light grocery shopping week for me, picking up just $50 worth of food when I did a quick shop before my Father’s Day dinner. Since I stick firm to my “once every 7-10 days” shopping plan, it was time to head to the freezer. I stock up on chicken, ground beef and whitefish becasue they are a great base for many flavors, and because I follow the 70 Meals plan, I know I have the ingredients on hand to make any of the dishes in the book. Today I thawed some chicken breasts and made Chicken Fajitas. I absolutely love the flavor combination of the Italian Dressing and the taco seasoning in the 70 Meals recipe. I’ve already taken the ground beef out of the freezer to make some of my favorite stuffed burgers (Bacon Cheddar Stuffed Burgers and Salsa Stuffed Burgers) tomorrow, and the next day I’ll move on to Tilapia in whichever of the 10 recipes from the 70 Meals cookbooks suits my fancy that day. Check out the recipes section of our website for some of my favorites.

Because you’re busy doesn’t mean you can’t make dinner. It’s having the strategies and Smart Ingredients on hand to make it easy that makes it work. Are you a blog subscriber? If not, click on the green button on the top right to subscribe now, and be automatically entered in to win FREE Smart Ingredients and a copy of the 70 Meals, One Trip to the Store cookbook. Click on the photo on the top right for more details.


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