Parmesan Crusted Baked Tilapia

As you may know Rachel and I have been trying to eat healthier, yet for our boyfriends we have been cooking “normal”. I found two recipes I loved and at the end combined them to make my own. Now, I don’t want to toot my own horn, BUT, toot toot. Here’s what I did:

Parmesan Crusted Cheese Baked Tilapia Serves 4

 

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Ingredients:
4 tilapia fillets
½ a cup if flour
1 cup of breadcrumbs
½ cup of grated Parmesan cheese
½ a stick of butter
3 tablespoons of mayo
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 eggs
¼ teaspoon of salt
Black pepper
Hot pepper sauce (to your liking)

Directions:
1. Set oven to broil.
2. Pat dry tilapia fillet. Cook for 10 min.
2. While fish cooks, combine Parmesan cheese, butter, mayo, salt, black pepper,breadcrumbs and hot sauce in a bowl & mix well.

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3. Remove fillets from oven. Dip them in flour, then in egg, and lastly in the in the breadcrumbs.
4. Place a skillet over medium heat. Add the olive oil and then the fillets cook for 5 min (2 min or so each side)
5. Place fish back in baking dish. Pour sauce previously made over the filets  And broil for another 10 to 15 min.
6. ENJOY!!

 

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I served this dish with Idahoan applewood smoked bacon mashed potatoes. The boys really loved it. Rachel and I did take bites out of their plates and wow that sauce is supper. (:

 

 

 

 

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Miami: Coral Castle

Two weeks ago we headed to Homestead, FL to visit Coral castle. I knew nothing about said place other than people took pretty pictures there. Needless to say I didn’t know what to expect.

With the word castle I was expecting a huge place – it isn’t.

We discovered this place because of Groupon; admission for four adults was $33.00 – not bad at all.

This place was so much more than expected. Our Groupon covered a tour guide and what he guided us through was a nice surprise; he guided us though the story behind the castle, when it was built, who built it, how he built it, and why he built it. It’s lovely and extremely romantic story, all which he swears is true and its not hard to believe. But I wont spoil it for you (it ends in tragedy).

We really enjoyed the storyline and the castles hidden magical wonders were truly a treat. It was a little hot when we went but they provide umbrellas for the tour. The one thing I did expect was to take lovely pictures and I wasn’t disappointed.

 

This is a map of the area. Its small, but full of things to see.

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Below is the entrance. Keep in mind the entrance to the whole attraction was previous, including a little snack shop and gift store.

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The whole point of this place is the amazing architecture one man designed, which has lasted and survived many many years. The picture below show the planets he created.. you’d have to go to the tour to find out the meaning of them 🙂 🙂

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Bellow is what has now become somewhat of a wishing well. However, it had a different purpose when it was initially designed.

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The table crafted below is in the shape of a heart! So cute!

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Below you see us at the top of a flight of stairs that lead to the home of the mastermind behind this castle.

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Let us know if you decide to visit and what your thoughts are!

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Mexican Zucchini Boats

With our low calorie diet we have been experimenting with a lot of dishes. We wanted to share this particular one because is easy, and extremely yummy.

Mexican Zucchini Boats Serves 2

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Ingredients:
2 medium zucchini
1 (small) can of black beans
1 cup of rice (your choice of rice, we used white)
1 cup of shredded cheese
1 cup of salsa (you can buy the one made already or make it at home like we did)
1 red bell pepper, diced
½ a red onion, diced
½ a small can of corn
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
½ cup fresh cilantro

Directions:

1. Prepare rice while heating the can of beans in a sauce pan (we added some seasoning to the beans, you can use whatever you prefer or nothing at all)
2. Slice each zucchini in half lengthwise. Remove the inside. (TIP – Get a spoon and carve it out.)

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3. On a skillet add the onion and pepper – cook until brown. Then add cooked rice, corn, beans, salsa, chili powder and cumin. Stir everything and cook for about 5.
4. Pre heat oven to 400 degrees, and fill each zucchini with the rice, beans, and all that good stuff. Sprinkle the top with cheese.
5. Place zucchini boats on a baking dish and cover with foil.
6. Bake for 25 minutes & allow to cool after for 5.
7. ENJOY!!!

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From prep to fork in hand about an hour.

We loved it and we definitely plan to make it again! It’s filling, healthy AND yummy what more do you want?? (:

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Miami: Pincho Factory

The weekend, healthy eating worst enemy. When these evil days come around all your friends want to go to great, greasy, heart attack waiting to happen places to eat and as usual we fall for it and sin. Last weekend, this was my dilemma. I wanted to meet a friend for dinner but I didn’t want to kill my hard work therefore I told her we needed to go somewhere healthy. What does she suggest? The pincho factory. What does it have that’s healthy? NOTHING. Yet I still went but I must say I was impressed.

Check it out:

PINCHO FACTORY

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Location: 9860 SW 40 ST, Miami FL 33165

 

This is in a place where there is many little shops in the same location, yet parking wasn’t hard to find. It is a small place, maybe 10 table.

Food:

  • Pita wraps
  • Sandwich
  • Rice bowl
  • Salads
  • Single Pinchos (chicken, steak and shrimp)
  • Burgers
  • Chicken sandwiches
  • Hot dogs
  • Fries and Tots
  • Drinks (627 Ale Beer, Bottle Beers, Draft Beers, Sodas and Water)

 

I came in here thinking about murdering my weeks hard work ,yet going over the menu a 2nd time I hit the jack pot and found a veggie burger. Now let me tell you, I am not vegan I love me some meat, BUT I need to eat better I have gain some weight *cough* 30 pounds *cough* and I need it gone. I not only got the veggie burger (with cheese) but I also had the sweet potato tots.

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The burger was great but the tots where LIFE. I shared with my boyfriend and two friends and they also loved it so I highly recommend it if you decide to stop here.

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My boyfriend had the Toston burger and he says it was really good he would have it again, my friend had a classic chicken and she says it had a little to much pink sauce but over all pretty good she accompanied her sandwich with Cajun fries which she loved & highly recommended me to try some (I didn’t,  yay me). Her boyfriend had the egg’in burger but switched his buns for toston and, yes I’ll let you guess… yes FRIED CHEESE let me tell you that bad boy looked great and he said as much as its a little messy to eat it still yummy yummy goodness.

 

 

THE FINAL VERDICT

Well between me and my better half we spent around 30 dollars which I believe is fairly cheap. The food was both filling and tasteful and the money was extremely worth it even if you just go for the tots.

To see if there is a Pincho Factory near you please visit http://pinchofactory.com/locations/

 

Again, my dudes and dudettes, if you have any place that I should try in the Miami area please comment below.

 

Until Next Time.

 

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Miami Beach: Pura Vida

A mutual friend of ours has been on a strict diet for the past three weeks trying to win a monthly challenge. But with Saturday around the corner and a lunch date with my friend, I went on good old Google to find a place where we could eat and neither of us would kill our hard work. So with that in mind I had to find a place that was yummy, healthy and low on calories. Of course, Google gave me a bunch of places, but I went with Pura Vida.

Pura Vida
110 Washington Ave #2, Miami Beach, FL 33139

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The place is a cute little corner café with outside seating only. But let me tell you, when it came to parking it was a mission! Parking all around was all residential. We finally found a community parking across the street but it was full. In total we spent almost an hour looking for spot.

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Food offered:

  • Raw organic bowls
  • Breakfast
  • Small bites (appetizers)
  • Big bites
  • Bowls
  • Salads
  • Sandwiches
  • Wraps & Pitas
  • Sweet Treats

 

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On the right, Spinach Wrap with everything: grilled chicken breast, brown rice, cherry tomatoes, low fat mozzarella cheese and home made guacamole.
I ordered this along with my friends boyfriend; I loved it! The cheese mixed well with the rice and made it creamy, and the chicken tasted divine. It did take long to cook but I’ll say the wait was worth it!
On the left, the same except the spinach wrap was swapped for a whole wheat wrap and the guac was excluded.

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Signature Acai Bowl: brings raw organic Brazilian acai and banana blended into a smooth puree, topped with granola and fresh seasonal fruit. My friend ordered this, she says she didn’t like it and added a bunch of granola so it would taste better, but I tried a spoon full and it wasn’t that bad; all the flavors combined made a good mix. I’ll go as far to say that acai is an acquired taste, so if you know you already like it then it would be a hit for you.

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My boyfriend and I spend 37 dollars with some cents. We each had a wrap, a cute carton water they have called “just water”, and vegan chocolate chip cookies.

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Over all I really enjoyed the place.  They only have outside seating and because of this dogs are welcome. They even have a water bowl outside and everything. I would think twice about going only because of the parking.  But the food is great!!

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If anyone has any recommendations for yummy healthy places in the South Florida area please let us know.

Until next time!

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