Baked Tilapia with Broiled Tomatoes

Valentine’s Day is this weekend!  I know a lot of people hate on the “commercialized obnoxiousness of corporate holidays” that have been bastardized by greeting card companies, candy companies, and florists (and probably dentists and allergists to boot!), but I happen to love Valentine’s Day.  Always have, even when I didn’t (ehhem, don’t) have a date on Saturday.  But that’s not to say that I don’t disagree with all of the arguments against V-day– I think there’s a lot of validity to the craziness of having to show how much you care about someone through slightly superficial means on one particular day on the calendar, and if you don’t have someone special on that day, you feel like damaged goods.  I just love celebrating stuff.  That’s no secret 🙂

I also love to get dressed up and taken out on the town.  Given that I have spent an absurd amount of money on cocktail dresses that are mocking me in my closet for the lack of adornment, and also that I love to try every new food I can, I leap at pretty much any and every chance I get at a fancy date.  But, when it comes to romance, I think it’s so much more intimate to cook for someone.  Plus, if you’re just starting to date someone (read:  trying to impress them in every way), how awesome would it be to cook them a gorgeous meal, right?  They look at you with those wow he/she has it all.

So, you should choose something that looks impressive, easy to make (you don’t want to be stressed on a date), is light enough to keep room for dessert (and your clothes still fitting well), and is non-gassy (I don’t think I need to expand on that one).  I made this last night for dinner (yes, for myself), and I wanted to marry me:  throw a few spices on some tomatoes and some tilapia, throw them in the broiler, and in 20 minutes your date is deciding where you two will go on a long weekend together.   Side note, I made these tomatoes for my bestie who “doesn’t like tomatoes,” and she was licking the plate.  Light, full of flavor, and gorgeous.  Hey, that’s what my AOL instant message profile used to say!  Just kidding.  Enjoy!


Materials:

  • knife and cutting board
  • baking sheet
  • oven-proof dish
  • aluminum foil
  • non-stick spray
  • spatula

Ingredients for broiled tomatoes:

  • two plum (roma) tomatoes
  • olive oil for drizzling
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 T parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

Ingredients for tilapia:

  • two tilapia filets (fresh, or thawed)
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 2 tsp minced garlic or garlic powder
  • 2 tsp oregano

Directions:

  1. For the tomatoes:
    1. Preheat oven to BROIL (over 400 degrees).  Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.  Lightly grease with cooking spray.
    2. Thinly slice each tomato.FullSizeRender
    3. Arrange slices on aluminum foil.  FullSizeRender
    4. Drizzle oil on each slice, then evenly coat with seasonings and parmesan cheese.FullSizeRender
    5. Broil tomatoes until soft and beginning to darken/crisp around edges, about 10-12 minutes.FullSizeRender
  2. For the tilapia, as soon as you pop the tomatoes in the oven:
    1. Lightly spray oven-proof dish with cooking spray.
    2. Place filets in dish.  Sprinkle seasonings on each to desired taste.IMG_3775
    3. Bake filets on BROIL while the tomatoes are cooking until cooked through and flakey, about 6-8 minutes.IMG_3778
  3. To serve, top fish with broiled tomatoes.  IMG_3780
  4. Enjoy!

Baked Tilapia with Broiled Tomatoes

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: medium
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Materials:

  • knife and cutting board
  • baking sheet
  • oven-proof dish
  • aluminum foil
  • non-stick spray
  • spatula

Ingredients for broiled tomatoes:

  • two plum (roma) tomatoes
  • olive oil for drizzling
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 T parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

Ingredients for tilapia:

  • two tilapia filets (fresh, or thawed)
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 2 tsp minced garlic or garlic powder
  • 2 tsp oregano

Directions:

  1. For the tomatoes:
    1. Preheat oven to BROIL (over 400 degrees).  Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.  Lightly grease with cooking spray.
    2. Thinly slice each tomato.
    3. Arrange slices on aluminum foil.  Drizzle oil on each slice, then evenly coat with seasonings and parmesan cheese.
    4. Broil tomatoes until soft and beginning to darken/crisp around edges, about 10-12 minutes.
  2. For the tilapia, as soon as you pop the tomatoes in the oven:
    1. Lightly spray oven-proof dish with cooking spray.
    2. Place filets in dish.  Sprinkle seasonings on each to desired taste.
    3. Bake filets on BROIL while the tomatoes are cooking until cooked through and flakey, about 6-8 minutes.
  3. To serve, top fish with broiled tomatoes.
  4. Enjoy!

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