Food Experiment #1

So every once in a while I don’t know what to cook. Sometime its because nothing sounds good. Sometimes it is because there is really nothing left to cook. What is a busy mom to do in those situations? That’s right, we improvise!

A little of this, a dash of that, bake for 30 minutes and its like a miracle (or a fiasco) depending on the day.

Today I had one of those days nothing I had pre-prepped and frozen sounded good. So without a recipe and no idea what i wanted, I set forth to make something tasty…..

Today’s ingredients: Whole chicken, raspberry hazelnut vinaigrette, lemon, garlic powder, and fresh Rosemary from the garden.

Today’s Method: No measuring. Just throw everything into the convection roaster and wait.


Miracle or fiasco? Only time will tell but it sure does smell yummy!

Recipe: Parmesan Crusted Tilapia


Our eating out budget is $60/month. We are extremely frugal so we are almost always able to go to a nice sit down restaurant twice a month (unless of course we splurge and go to Cattlemen’s). We also allow $20/month for fast food. We are trying to get away from that but sometimes when you are out and about it is just plain unavoidable so we built it into the budget. Pretty decent for a family of 5, huh?

So, what I’m getting at is this — We eat at home a lot. Years ago (before my middle child was even born) I stumbled upon the inspiration for this recipe. I have no idea who or what gave me the idea but I know something did. When I figure it out I’ll be sure to give proper credit.

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia

  • 6 tilapia filets
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1/3 c. parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 1 tsp. parsley

Melt butter and pour 1 tsp over each filet. Sprinkle parmesan cheese to cover top. Add a pinch of parsley to the top of each filet. Bake at 375 degrees, until edges start to turn golden brown (aprox 15-20 minutes).

It is super easy and is one of the BEST ways to eat fish. Go ahead and give it a try you won’t be sorry!