Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Spicy Soy Ginger Tilapia

Tonight's creation is sweet, salty, savory, and delicious. Paired with greens or with stir fry veggies and rice, it's sure to make your taste buds react. Here's how:

1 lb fresh  Tilapia filets (about 4-5 filets)
2 Tbs olive oil
1 Tbs light brown sugar
1 Tbs soy sauce
1 Tbs chopped fresh ginger
1 Tbs sesame oil
1 Tbs honey
1 Tbs hoisin sauce
1 Tbs sweet chili sauce

2 tsp minced garlic
Juice of 1 fresh lime

Mix all ingredients in a small dish that can accommodate all of the fish filets. Marinate fish in mixture for 1 hour maximum.

Remove fish from marinade, broil on high for 5-6 minutes or until no longer opaque. 

Boil the remainder of the marinade rapidly until thickened and reduced by half.

Serve the fish over the bed of greens and/or rice and drizzle the sauce over the fish.

You can strain the sauce prior to reducing if you don't like all of the "chunks" floating in it. I happen to like them so I left them in. Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Spicy Parmesan Chicken Pasta

Whew! It's been a few weeks since I've had the chance to stop and cook dinner, which you must know stresses me out. However, after this rainy, droopy day, I was in the mood for comfort food! I just threw this together out of items I had laying around and it turned out well. Use caution if you don't like spicy food.


  • 3/4 box of ziti pasta (reserve 1 cup cooking liquid)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts 
  • 1/4 Cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese


  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1 cup cooking liquid. Cut chicken into bite sized pieces.
  • While pasta cooks, heat a large nonstick skillet coated with olive oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic; sauté 2 minutes. Add crushed red pepper; sauté 1 minute. Add chicken pieces, and sautee until browned.
  • Add reserved pasta cooking liquid to pan; bring to a boil. Stir in salt, black pepper, chicken, and balsamic vinegar; bring to a boil. Stir in pasta, and cook 1 for minute or until thoroughly heated. Sprinkle with cheese.
Note: Sauce will thicken if you let it cool for a few minutes - delicious!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Sausage Balls

Football is here! That means it's time to break out my favorite series of fall snacks, so I can share them with a house full of people crowded around my TV. This is my all time favorite game day snack: sausage balls. Simple, cheap, and easy.

  • 1 pound ground pork sausage
  • 2 cups biscuit baking mix
  • 1 pound sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees               
  2. In a large bowl, combine sausage, biscuit baking mix and cheese. Form into walnut size balls and place on baking sheets.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden brown and sausage is cooked through.