Date Night

The kids are at their mom’s for the night, so you know what that means…date night!!  For us, a quiet night at home satisfies as much if not more than a night on the town at our favorite sushi restaurant.  So, since it was a Monday, we opted for a night at home.  This is what we made for dinner for date night last night….it is so easy but oh so impressive!

Coconut Tilapia with Rice and Sauteed Vegetables

Since it’s date night, we’ll keep the portions to two.  It would be easy to expand the recipe for more.  Let’s start with the tilapia…

COCONUT TILAPIA

2 tilapia filets

1 can coconut milk (you won’t use it all on the fish, but keep what’s left because we’ll use it for the rice! yum!)

1/4 c panko bread crumbs

seasoning (we found a pack of coconut Thai seasoning at a little tea and spice shop while on vacation, but honestly, a little salt and pepper tastes great too…or use any other seasoning that you prefer) — (we perfected this meal just by winging it so don’t feel prisoner to the exact recipe)

Place fish filets in a large ziploc.  Add about 1/4 to 1/2 c of the coconut milk.  Let marinate in fridge for about an hour, longer if you prefer.

Once marinating is complete, heat oven to 350 degrees.  Remove filets from ziploc and place in baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.  Top filets with seasoning of choice and the panko bread crumbs.  Bake for 15 minutes or until done.  We like to turn the oven to broil for the last 5 minutes just to get things a little crispy (the fish stays super moist).

While the fish is cooking you can make the…

COCONUT RICE

Use remainder of coconut milk from fish.  If you need to add water you can.  We use the quick cook 5 minute rice.  You will need a 1 to 1 ratio of coconut milk/water to rice.  So, if you have 1 cup of liquid, you’ll add 1 cup of rice.  Follow rice package directions substituting coconut milk/water in place of just water.

And now for the…

SAUTEED VEGETABLES

We use whatever veg we have on hand.  Last night we sliced one green zucchini, one yellow zucchini, one yellow squash, and 2 green onions.  You will also chop some garlic and ginger.  One clove and a one inch section, respectively.

Saute the garlic first in some olive oil (a turn around the pan…or about 2 Tbsp.)  Then add the veggies and ginger.  Season with salt, pepper, and about a tablespoon of sugar.  Yeah, I know, sugar??  Trust me, it makes the veggies come alive!  You could leave it out if you are concerned about sugar and it would still taste great.  It only takes about 6 to 8 minutes on med high heat to cook the vegetables.

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This entire meal takes about 15 minutes…the length of time for the fish.  Prep is quick too, so maybe make it 20 minutes from start to finish.

We enjoy cooking together and like to impress ourselves with our meals but you could also make this dinner to impress a date. We had a really nice little date night. xo

Bon Apetit!

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