Spinach and Red Pepper Quesadilla

September 1, 2009 by  
Filed under Appetizers, Recipes

A quick and easy yummy appetizer, or serve with a small green salad and fresh or canned pears or mandarins for a light dinner.

Ingredients

– 2 Tortillas (wholewheat for even healthier)
– Cooking Spray (preferably olive oil spray, but any will do)
– 3 oz Grated Colby Jack, Mexican Blend, or Mozzarella Cheese
– 1/4 Large Red pepper, sliced lengthways
– Large handful of Fresh spinach leaves

Instructions

1. Set pan on medium to med-low heat and coat lightly with cooking spray.

2. Place one tortilla in pan.

3. Layer 1/2 the cheese, red peppers, spinach leaves, then remaining cheese.

4. Top with remaining tortilla, and lightly coat with cooking spray.

5. Cook for about 45-60 seconds, or until golden, then flip and cook for a further 45-60 seconds until golden.

6. Transfer to plate and cut into 6-8 wedges.

Total Time

5 min.

Number of Servings

2

This post was submitted by isaacandruth.

Lemon Pesto Tilapia Fillets

August 25, 2009 by  
Filed under Main Dishes, Recipes

Flavorful tender fillets of tilapia lightly pan fried and then quickly broiled with pesto. Cod is an excellent substitute for tilapia. Serve with lemon herbed rice and lemon sauteed asparagus for a well rounded meal.

Ingredients

– Tilapia Fillets – 1 per person (may use cod or other white fish of preference)
– 1/3 C. Flour
– 1 to 2 t. freshly grated lemon zest
– Pinch of freshly ground Salt and Pepper
– 1 to 2 T. Olive Oil (may use cooking spray)
– 1 T. Basil Pesto per fillet (i.e. 5 tilapia fillets = 5T pesto)

Instructions

1. Lightly pat the tilapia fillets in paper towel to remove some moisture.

2. Mix together the flour, lemon zest, and salt and pepper on a plate.

3. Lightly flour each fillet in the seasoned flour.

4. Heat oil in skillet on medium heat. Lightly pan fry the fillets for 1 to 2 minutes on each side until golden.

5. Transfer fillets to a Baking dish. Place 1 T. pesto on each fillet.

6. Broil for 2-3 minutes until pesto is bubbly and beginning to turn golden. Serve.

Total Time

7-8 minutes.

Number of Servings

Adaptable: 1 Fillet person.

This post was submitted by isaacandruth.

Lemon Sauteed Asparagus Spears

August 25, 2009 by  
Filed under Recipes, Sides

A tasty side to any main dish, especially fish (try Lemon Pesto Tilapia Fillets).

Ingredients

– 1 Bundle of Fresh Asparagus Spears
– 1/2 T. Butter (may use Olive oil)
– 1 to 1 1/2 t. freshly grated Lemon Zest
– Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

1. Wash and prepare asparagus by snapping the spears, removing the tough part of the stem.

2. Steam Asparagus for 3 minutes if you like your asparagus slightly crisp, or 4 minutes if you prefer it more tender (thicker asparagus will need 4-5 minutes). You can do this by placing a little water in a skillet; add asparagus when water is boiling; place lid over skillet, and steam.

3. Drain Asparagus and set aside.

4. Heat butter or olive oil in skillet over medium heat.

5. Add lemon zest to butter and sautee for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Be careful not to burn.

6. Add asparagus spears and toss well to coat. Add freshly ground salt and pepper to taste. Serve.

Total Time

8 min

Number of Servings

4-5

This post was submitted by isaacandruth.