Most times if I ask guests that are coming to my home for a meal if they have any foods they don’t enjoy eating, they will often say fish. I get that because some recipes for fish are just stinky and bland.
But the recipe I’m sharing today is so good that it would make a great restaurant menu item. The ingredients are simple, but add incredible flavor and texture to the fish. It is above ordinary for something that’s fixed at home. Like most fish recipes, this is super fast to pull together because it doesn’t require long in the oven, making this a great weeknight menu.
I served this with oven-roasted potatoes and a seven layer salad. It was a delicious meal! If you are a nominal fish fan, I hope you will try this great recipe from taste of home.
Dijon Crusted Fish
3 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon prepared horseradish – (I didn’t add this)
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided
4 tilapia fillets (5 ounces each)
1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
2 teaspoons butter, melted
Preheat oven to 425°. Mix the first 4 ingredients and 1 tablespoon cheese. Place tilapia on a baling sheet coated with cooking spray; spread evenly with mayonnaise mixture.
Toss bread crumbs with melted butter and remaining cheese; sprinkle over fillets. Bake until fish just begins to flake easily with a fork, 12-15 minutes.
Easy, fast and delicious!! I should also add, “healthy!” Its only 214 calories per filet! You might just being having fish mire often after trying this recipe!
We had a sandwich fellowship at church recently and I brought this Stromboli. It’s such a great “lunch-y” type food that is special, but super easy! I’m sharing this recipe again because it deserves to be highlighted!! If you have made this yet, I hope you’ll put it on your menu this week!
If you don’t own a Gooseberry Cookbook, I’m telling you, you’re missing some great recipes! I have one that’s for entertaining that is full of promises of happy things! There’s not a recipe in there that’s not been really good!! I recently pulled it out looking for a quick and inexpensive lunch-type food I could serve for after church Sunday night. I came across this recipe for Easy Stromboli and was sure I’d found a winner…I was right!
This is appropriately named Easy, becuase it was a cinch to make. Frozen bread dough also makes the prep fast and inexpensive. I bought a package of 5 loaves for a little over $4 at Kroger. I also made it and baked it before we went to church. Then when we got home, I just warmed it in the microwave. It was a quick light meal to use to entertain friends!
Here’s a picture of the easy steps:
1 loaf frozen bread dough, thawed 2 eggs, separated 2 T. oil 1 t. dried oregano 1 t. dried parsley 1/2 t. garlic powder 1/4 t. pepper 4-oz. pkg. sliced pepperoni – I used Turkey Pepperoni 8-oz. pkg. shredded mozzarella cheese 1 T. grated Parmesan cheese
Roll out bread dough into a 12×15-inch rectangle; set aside. Combine egg yolks, oil, oregano, parsley, garlic powder and pepper together; spread over dough. Arrange pepperoni and mozzarella cheese on top; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Roll up; place seam-side down on a baking sheet. Brush with egg whites; bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes. Makes 8 servings.
I served it with some pizza sauce alongside for dipping. Yum!
Have you ever had Stromboli? I’m not sure I’d had it before I made this, but it will definitely be on repeat from now on!
We’ve all seen that grocery prices are climbing. Is it possible to stay within a budget, but also cook delicious and filling meals at home? Yes! Here are my top five suggestions for doing just that!
Take note of what’s on sale at the grocery store each week. Going to Southern Savers or Money Saving Mom sites can make it so easy! Also be sure to visit the marked down areas in each section of the store – produce, bread and meats. Then…
Make a weekly menu from the items on sale. A menu will keep you from running to the store last minute and buying whatever it takes to make supper. You’ll also be buying when the items are lower.
Stock up if you can. When items are on sale, buy more than one, if possible. When butter is on sale, I buy two or three and freeze the extras until I need them.
Bake your own bread, baked goods and snacks. This French Bread is so easy and makes two large loaves. I buy my bread flour in bulk at Sam’s Club and this recipe costs very little to mix together. After calculating the flour and the yeast (also bought in bulk at Sam’s), it costs me about 35 cents per loaf! This bread is so good toasted, so aside from a great side for breakfast or spaghetti supper, the possibilities are endless – grilled cheese, French toast, or BLT’s to name a few. These Muffins and this sweet bread can be made so cheaply by buying bananas that are over-ripe. They are cheaper than ripe ones and they freeze beautifully. When berries are on sale, freeze them for berry muffins. Make up a batch of cookies that don’t call for extra items like nuts or chocolate chips (did I just say that?!). Reserve those for special times. Make simple recipes like Snickerdoodles or Sugar Cookies. Rather than buying microwave popcorn, make this easy recipe – it’s much cheaper (and so much better!). These Granola Bars are also a Yummy snack!
Just typing up this post made me really want to cook and bake! Each of these recipes are truly cost-effective – especially when you follow the five steps I shared. I hope this will help you to eat well AND stay in your budget!
I have an old recipe for you today that can serve as either an appetizer OR a side dish. It can be served any time of the year, but because it’s served with a (red) marinara or spaghetti sauce, it makes a great accompaniment to a Christmas menu! This is also a budget-friendly recipe!
This Toasted Ravioli is super fast and easy, and is a true crowd pleaser. I discovered this recipe years ago in my Southern Living Cookbook. Being crispy on the outside and cheesy on the inside, makes it irresistible! It’s a perfect finger food appetizer, but you can also serve it alongside a meal, as I did recently.
Packaged frozen Cheese Ravioli – Thawed
Seasoned bread crumbs
Grated Parmesan Cheese
1/4 Cup Milk
Cooking oil – Canola works well
Marinara or Spaghetti Sauce
In a dish, combine seasoned bread crumbs and about half as much Parmesan cheese.
In another dish, combine one egg and milk
Dip ravioli in egg wash, then breadcrumbs. Place enough oil in the bottom of a medium skillet. After it gets hot, add ravioli, a few at a time, Toast until golden This will only take a couple of minutes. Keep warm.
Serve with a marinara or spaghetti sauce.
I made this French Bread to go along with the meal. I broiled it until it was lightly browned and crisp. This has come to be one of my favorite breads to make because I can have bread in two hours from start to finish.
I hope you’ll add this ravioli recipe to your menu soon, then let me know what you thought about it!
Have you ever eaten Pinto Beans at Cracker Barrel? Yum! They are delicious! But what do you do when you can’t go to Cracker Barrel? You use this shortcut method to get the same tasty results!! (I might also add, at a fraction of the cost!)
Even though we may have more time to cook these days, it’s always nice to have a recipe in our arsenal that packs heartiness, comfort, and is budget friendly. As Cracker Barrel knows, Pinto beans and cornbread are synonymous in the south! But if you use dry beans (which is the cheapest way), it takes hours to prepare.
I’ve recently found a way to take Bush’s canned Pinto Beans and cook them so that they taste just like the slower method! I’m not sure I’ll ever go back to the long way of doing this favorite meal of ours! The added ingredients are staple items I always keep on hand, so I know that I can have dinner of Soup Beans and Cornbread on the table in under 30 minutes!
I only use Bush beans. Why? They are gentle on your stomach! I stock up when they’re on sale for $1! Add a box of Jiffy Mix and you have a really inexpensive meal!
One can of beans feeds two people, so you can adjust the ingredients for your family. Here’s the simple method I use:
Pinto Beans Like Cracker Barrel’s
1tbs Olive oil
½inchslice of yellow onion – chopped
1sliceof bacon – cut into 1 inch pieces – You could leave this out to make it vegetarian!
1can Bush pinto beans
1/2cupwater – Or for more flavor you can use chicken broth
½tspwhite granulated sugar
½tsphot sauce, optional
½tspsalt – Taste to see if it’s needed; the bacon will add salt
In a saucepan, heat 1 tbsp oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and garlic and saute until soft and nearly transparent (about 2 minutes)
Add the bacon and cook together until the bacon is soft and nearly done.
Drain the liquid from the can of pinto beans. Rinse.
Add the pinto beans to the sauce pan and continue to heat over medium heat.
Add 1/2 cup fresh water or (chicken broth) to the pinto beans
Put the butter, sugar, hot sauce, salt and pepper in and heat till bubbly.
Taste before serving and add more salt and pepper if needed.
I like to serve the beans with a piece of cornbread crumbled over it. Chopped onions on top are a nice addition, too.
Pinto Beans Oven roasted potatoes Cooked apples Corn bread
If you’re curious about the cooked apples, simply peel , core and cube the apples and place them into a skillet. Add enough water to just cover them. Sprinkle with a little sugar and also cinnamon. Cook on medium heat until they cook down and some of the liquid evaporates. Adjust sugar as needed. This is a great way to use up apples that are too soft to eat, or that you’re afraid will go bad.
This is one meal that is on repeat at my house about once a month. We love it. I hope you’ll try it and enjoy the taste of Cracker Barrel at home!!
Are you a lover of Pinto beans and cornbread like we are?