Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Honey Pecan Chicken with Broiled Tomatoes

Honey Pecan Chicken with Broiled Tomatoes

Delicious! Makes an elegant, but simple meal.

Honey Pecan Chicken

1/4 cup finely chopped pecan chips
1/3 cup cornflake crumbs
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon soy suace
3/4 pound boneless/skinless checken breasts

Combine pecans and cornflakes in a shallow bowl. Combnine honey and soy sauce in a shallow bowl. Divide chicken into 2 to 3 serving pieces. Dip chicken into honey mixture, then into pecan mixture. Bake on a sprayed baking pan for 6 to 10 minutes on each side at 425 F. or until done.

Broiled Tomatoes

Rather than halve the tomatoes, we sliced them thickly.

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh basil
3 bay leaves
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tomatoes, halved horizontally (or sliced thickly)

Preheat broiler.

Combine olive oil, vinegar, basil, bay leaves, garlic and salt in a casserole dish. Stir until well combined.

Place tomato halves cut-sides-down directly on greased broiler pan. Broil until they start to char and blister, about 4 minutes. Using tongs or a satula and spoon, carefully turn tomatoes over and broil 2 minutes more.

Remove cooked tomatoes from heat and place cut-sides-up in the dish with oil and vinegar mixture. Spoon some of the mixture over tomatoes. Set aside to marinate at least 1 hour, or cover and refrigerate up to 5 days. Serve at room temperature.

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Recipe adapted from Farmer John's Cookbook: The Real Dirt on Vegetables (Gibbs Smith, Publisher,, 2006).

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Baked Tilapia

Baked Tilapia

This easy recipe for tilapia only takes a few minutes to prepare, uses few ingredients, and is flavorful. I used fresh broccoli, and substituted lemon juice for the lemon slices. Next time I will use more Old Bay Seasoning. I also splashed some red wine vinegar on it just before serving. Turned out pretty tasty!

  • 4 (4 ounce) fillets tilapia
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt, or to taste
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 (16 ounce) package frozen cauliflower with broccoli and red pepper

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.

Place the tilapia fillets in the bottom of the baking dish and dot with butter. Season with Old Bay seasoning and garlic salt. Top each one with a slice or two of lemon. Arrange the frozen mixed vegetables around the fish, and season lightly with salt and pepper.

Cover the dish and bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until vegetables are tender and fish flakes easily with a fork.