Friday, October 29, 2010

Yummy Dinner!

Photo courtesy of http://southernfood.about.com

I am not sure about you but I tire of having the same go-to meals for dinner. While I appreciate the fact I need not think too intently about how to prepare some delicious, healthy dishes for my family, my palate yawns at the thought of having spaghetti with meat sauce AGAIN! Before leaving the office last night, I decided to scan the internet for a recipe for tilapia. We enjoy fish yet often don't think to feast upon it. I had everything the recipe called for at home, except dried basil (of which the recipe called for 1/2 tsp). Rather than stop at the store for one small jar of basil, I substituted the recipe with dill. I also didn't want to make fresh bread crumbs so I made use of some left over Panko in my pantry. Both proved to be positive alterations. While deceptively simple, we had a delicious dinner of baked tilapia plated with freshly steamed broccoli and my homemade applesauce. YUMM-O and super healthy... even the baby and the hubs enjoyed it!!!

Baked Tilapia with Butter Crumb Topping
4 - 6 tilapia fillets (about 1 1/2 #)
salt & pepper
3 Tbsp melted butter
1 cup Panko bread crumbs (can use fresh)
3/4 - 1 tsp dried dill

Preheat oven to 400F. Lightly oil a large baking dish with extra virgin olive oil or cooking spray. Salt and pepper fillets and arrange in dish. In a separate bowl, combine butter, crumbs and dill. Top fillets with crumb topping. Place into oven and bake for 15 - 18 minutes. Place under broiler for 2 - 3 minutes to brown the topping. Remove to a plate for serving.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Moving Forward

This morning, my wee one (14 mo.) made me grin from ear to ear through misty eyes.

Arriving at daycare, I pulled her from her car seat, placed her shoes back on her feet (she takes them off whenever we get into the car), and gave her a big squeeze before standing her on the brick path. We walked hand in hand, albeit slowly, to the provider's front porch. While we waited for the door to open, my sweet girl patted the pumpkins on display with genuine excitement. As soon as we heard, "Buenos dias, la princessa!" I helped her into the formal living room and removed her jacket. The daycare provider and I began our quick catch-up session but as she spoke I couldn't help but notice all of the little boys lined up on the gate corralling them in the play room. As she waited, Reagan began waving excitedly to her friends. Then, she turned and waved to me as if to say, "Bye Mom!" It was the most precious sight. (Sniffle, Sniffle)

She is definitely growing up and with her growth comes my realization that she is moving forward. It isn't easy to face but she sure does make me proud.