Recipe – Baked Tilapia

We had a great start to our cooking journey.  Sean was off work today, so he held down the fort while I went to four grocery stores.  As I mentioned earlier, we received the test results two days before our vacation, and we just returned yesterday. We agreed before we left to start the new cooking plan once we returned, so I was scrambling a bit today to plan some meals, buy groceries, and get started.  Of course, I complicated the day by being determined to find all of the ingredients for some gluten free, milk free, nut free chocolate chip cookies….more on that later.

We pretty much stuck to my initial meal plan.  I just tweaked it a little.

Breakfast – Boiled eggs, bacon, diced skillet potatoes, and juice

Lunch – Lentil Soup

Snack – Oranges and sunflower seeds

Dinner – Baked Tilapia,  zucchini/squash/carrots stir-fry, and rice

Dessert – Chocolate chip cookies

Baked Tilapia

Baked Tilapia

Ingredients

4 Tilapia fillets

olive oil

Old Bay seasoning

Onion powder

Garlic salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Line baking sheet with foil.
  3. Lay the tilapia fillets on the foil-lined pan.
  4. Drizzle each with olive oil and sprinkle with seasonings.
  5. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the fish can easily flake with a fork.
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Everyone enjoyed the meals today, and it was nice that we were all pretty much eating the same thing, for a change.  My youngest did not eat everything, but she at least tried almost everything, which is new.  For lunch, she just had the broth from the soup, and for dinner, she had the rice with cashews and sliced bananas.  The boys both tried and ate everything, and this momma was smiling both inside and out.

As I mentioned earlier, I wanted to bake the kids some cookies today for being so good, patient, encouraging, and understanding with this new journey and phase of our lives.  Since they are only 4, 6, and 8, I want them to understand that meal time is not something to dread.  I will still prepare meals that they like; we will just simply be omitting some things.  This is a lifestyle change for the good of all of us.  The oldest and youngest have both been very sweet and kind about the fact that we are doing this as a family because “it would not be fair to Ethan if we ate something that he could not eat”.

So, back to the cookies…I am not going to post the recipe for that yet….because it did not turn out as well as I would have liked.  The kids gobbled them up. And, Sean said that they were really good.  We all liked the taste.  The cookies just did not present well, and they were very, very soft.  We love soft cookies, but these were hard to even hold the shape of a cookie.  I got the recipe out of a cookbook, and I still think that the cookbook is going to be great.  Once I perfect them (and make some tweaks, if necessary), I will post the recipe.  This is our new cooking challenge and adventure, and I am excited to cook healthy food and also bake treats, as well.

And, We Begin…

Today is the first official day of our new cooking journey.  We just returned from the beach yesterday, so I am still wrapping my brain around menu planning and grocery shopping.  But, it is a good time to begin something new.  We had a great, relaxing time at the beach, and we feasted on some food that we will not be eating for the next few months.

So, here is our menu for today.

Breakfast: Boiled Eggs, Bacon, Diced Potatoes, Orange Juice, Coconut Milk

Lunch: Lentil Soup, Fruit Salad, Juice or Soy Milk

Dinner: Salmon or Orange Roughy, Carrots, Green Beans, Lemon Sorbet

I will post recipes later and detail how our first day on our cooking journey went for us.

Our Cooking Journey

I sit here wondering where to begin.  How do I describe our story, our family, in a single blog entry?  I can’t.  I remember playing Life as a kid, wanting the husband, the house, and the kids.  It always felt so good in the game…but not half as good as the reality.  Being a mom is not what makes me special; being the mom to my kids is what makes me special.  I have hesitated to start a blog for fear of failure, fear of not living up to expectations, and fear of not always knowing the rules.  I so want to describe everything in such a way that everyone will know how beautiful this journey has been/is for me, for us.  But, then I realized, this is life.  This is our life.  And, there are no rules in the real game of life.

We have recently decided to change our food journey to one that will hopefully lead to better health for our entire family.  I will detail more about that in the coming days.  For now, I just need a place to begin.  It is my hope to detail our daily menu, including recipes.  Our diet is certainly not going to be for everyone, but not everyone has been blessed with the things that make our family unique.  It is those things that have led us to try a gluten, dairy, wheat, and peanut free food journey.  I am certainly not saying that it will be an easy journey.  But, just like everything else that we do, we will do it together.