I.Love.To.Cook. Actually, let me rephrase that. I.Love.To.Eat.Good.Food! A lot of people would challenge me on that, given me on my most recent weight loss but again, I attribute this to Gluten Free living. As I mentioned earlier, I have been gluten free now for nearly two years now. Actually, come to think about, more like 18 months. I eliminated all wheat and modified starch from my diet in January 2012. Since that time, I have lost 22 pounds! The crazy part about all of this is that I really did not intentionally try to lose this weight. It just sorta happened. While living gluten free does come with it’s challenges and limitations, it is overall a healthier way of living. Contrary to what the media tells you and all of the cookbooks that are now widely available, you really don’t need a bunch of expensive proprietary ingredients to live this way either.
Case in point? Last night’s dinner 🙂 Perfect Pesto! If you like Tilipia, love the taste of pesto, want dinner on the table within 30 minutes and have an amazing meal that rivals your local Italian restaurant then this is the meal for you!
1 pound of Tilapia.
That’s it. No foolin’.
Grease an oven pan very thoroughly. Fish sticks very easily to a hot pan. It’s not fun to have to scour a pan after a delicious meal. Trust me on this one.
Cover each filet with a generous amount of pesto. I think the original recipe I followed said 1/4 cup. I never follow directions. As a former teacher, I’m a real rebel that way *lol*. I just made sure each filet was thickly covered with pesto from top to bottom. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 30 minutes.
That’s it. Your done. Fin.
Result? Amazingly tender, tilapia. The olive oil from the pesto and the basil melts into each flake of the filet into yummy goodness.
For the pasta, I used corn based pasta linguini. Tossed it with homemade garlic oil (olive oil I had sauteed 3 garlic cloves in) and bit of parmesan cheese. That’s it!
Doesn’t sound or look like your typical “diet food” does it?