Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Sunshine on a Plate

Can you believe it's already September 14th? Honestly, where does the time go?
September is actually my favorite month of the year because it seems like no matter where I live, I get to savor the long Indian Summer days.

In New Jersey, September is my favorite time at the shore because the beaches are no longer crowded and the water is actually warm ( if you've ever been to the Jersey shore, you'll know that the water is usually ice cold).

And of course, here in my new state, September is just an extension of the summer. We've had multiple days over 100 degrees and I've soaked up each one. It seems like it's always sunny in Texas.

So, logically, I wanted to capture the same sunshine on my dinner plates and this lemony Tilapia dish does just that. With a side of spinach and seasonal spaghetti squash, dinner can be served in less than 30 minutes, leaving you with plenty of time to grab an Iced Tea and head outside to catch the breathtaking September sunset.

Broiled Tilapia

Serves 2

2 Tilapia filets
1 lemon
2 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley
1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

1) Lay Tilapia on a non-stick baking sheet. Grate the zest of one lemon over the Tilapia.
2) Top with parsley, garlic, olive oil, and the juice of one lemon. Add salt and pepper to taste.
3) Place under broiler for 7 minutes ( or until cooked through)

Sauteed Spinach

2 cups Spinach
1 clove of garlic ( whole or chopped depending on your taste)
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

1) Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan. Add the garlic and sautee until lightly golden.
2) Add the spinach and toss until wilted ( about 1 minute)

For spaghetti squash click here



  1. This is gluten free! And looks delish! I am making it this Friday or Sat:+D

    Tried a new baked potato soup recipe yesterday as it has been in the 60s since Aug 31st and felt like a soup day. It was yummy too.

    Talk to you soon. Jann

  2. That does look like sunshine on a plate and it is so quick to put together too! I am glad to hear that you are enjoying September in Texas. The weather has been great here in NJ but as you know that will be fleeting and I will wish that I were in Texas!

  3. Yum! Came on to get ideas for our dinners. Getting so bored of the same old stuff! Thanks for the recipe!


  4. This totally reminds me of home -- my mom was a big tilapia fan and made it often. But somehow, I always found it a little bit flavorless, and I bet the lemon zest would be the perfect problem-solver on that front. Love this idea!

  5. Thanks for the comments guys!!

    Jen- I wish I was in NJ for these gorgeous September days at the beach!!

    Jann- This is totally gluten free!! I was going to email you to tell you about the post. Glad you found it on your own!!

    Mi- Hope you like it!! Miss you!

    Maddie- I do think the lemon zest will help! Let me know if you try it out!

  6. Beautiful fish, beautiful summer - it is indeed "sunshine on a plate." And the memories of the Jersey Shore ring home.