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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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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The Hammocks: Amici’s Trattoria Italiana

Since we headed way south to Homestead to visit the Coral Castle, we stopped on our way back up north to have dinner at The Hammocks, a little town by Kendall. We ate at Amici’s Trattoria, let me say – great choice!

 

 

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http://www.amicismiami.com/

 

Its located in a shopping plaza, huge parking lot so for sure you’ll find parking. We chose to sit outside because there were no booths I wanted inside, but the inside is actually super cute.

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My boyfriend and I shared this calamari appetizer. The sauces were both great, and there was actually a lot of calamari! I’ve experienced more breading than calamari before, but this restaurant definitely respects the breading boundary!

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May and her man shared the bruschetta appetizer (it actually came with 4 pieces but halfway through the first one she remembered to take a picture lol).

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So this was my entree, I had the Farfala with Sausage. This is made with Italian sausage, which is actually a very particular taste that not many people like. Its kind of “tangy”, but being hispanic and being used to a bunch of different types of sausage, I found it easy to appreciate its taste. The cream sauce was delish, and it was so much food I made two meals out of it.

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May’s Fettuccine Alfredo was also a two meal dish, and clearly the photo alone looks super tasty! They weren’t shy with the chicken which is a win, since a lot of restaurants tend to be cheap when it comes to protein in pastas.

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The boys shared a Prosciutto Pizza – yum! My boyfriend really loved it, but then again he loves all pizza LOL

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This was my daughters kids Pasta with Pink Sauce. OMG IT WAS SO GOOD lol next time I’m adding some chicken for her…. it was a two meal dish but could’ve used the meat.

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May’s meal was actually like a, appetizer entre dessert package. She chose dulce de leche crepes… Honestly I didn’t like the burnt taste this one had, not sure if thats the normal taste or they really actually burnt it, but it wasn’t all that great.

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This lovely drink was Vito Corleone – Johnny Walker Black Label & Amaretto.

 

The final verdict:

I would definitely go back! 15-20$ plates and they’re huge and so good that its worth it!
Service was great, so I definitely recommend this spot if you’re ever in its area.

 

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Miami Beach: Nuvo Seafood & Pasta

My best friend invited my boyfriend and I to join her for dinner last night at Nuvo Seafood & Pasta on Washington Street in Miami. We arrived around 9 PM, and got very lucky parking (for free!). This is extremely rare when it comes to parking by Washington Street on a Friday night. With that being said, my friend paid $20 for a spot in a parking garage a few blocks down.

As you’ll be able to see below, the street is very nicely decorated and the atmosphere is very welcoming. There were kids there as well, which made me feel better since I thought twice about bringing my daughter along. Finding the restaurant was a bit tricky. The location doesn’t have a sign with the name, instead it says “Mercato Pescheria” which now that I think of it, they have seafood market inside.

Our waiter gets 3 out of 5 stars. He was dry, serious, and short. And honestly to me the personality of the waiter is crucial in your experience with the restaurant. However, towards the end of the meal someone (I’m assuming the owner since he was dressed differently) came by to ask us how we were doing and if we needed anything. So I hope I was just unlucky with my waiter.

We were seated outside and to be honest I thought everything was very pretty and nice. I saw the 2-person tables had these huge chairs that were gorgeous. Very nice, tasteful outdoor furniture. Dress code is literally whatever you want, its a  very open restaurant among so many others that theres really no room for a specific dress type. My friend was very well dressed in a white pencil skirt and cropped white blouse with heels, opposite of myself who dressed in simple dress and flats (my boyfriend in a tshirt and jeans).

I will say although the food was great, I don’t feel it was worth the money I spent. On Google this restaurant is listed as “$$” but I would say its more like “$$$” for sure.

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Lets start off with a picture of my piece of heaven.

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Here’s a shot I took when we were leaving (you can see my friend trying to drink her last drops of wine). As you can see, the restaurant is very small. From that blue shirted waiter to the next restaurants sign “Mojitos”. The majority of the tables are outside.

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This was our appetizer (one of my mans favorite appetizers anywhere its offered): Calamari. Sorry, I remembered to take the picture after we started eating it. The basket was filled to the top and it was certainly delicious. There were two sauces, marinara and cilantro garlic.

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This was my main course: Spicy Shrimp Pasta. It was very tastey, and it actually was spicy. There weren’t skimpy on the shrimp, however, for the price I paid ($27) I would’ve like something more, at least some peppers if not some scallops or something. Idk. It was literally pasta, sauce, tomatos and shrimp. I didn’t have left over either, however I was definitely full.

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My other half ordered a well done Skirt Steak. It came with a few fries (no we didn’t eat anything before the picture was taken) and a jar with “pico” for the steak. He ate it all, and wasn’t left hungry.

(My daughter had eaten before at her grandma’s house, so we just ordered some fries for her. Didn’t bother for a picture with that.)

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Please don’t mind my daughters poor cup to mouth coordination.

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I would recommend this restaurant in terms of taste and comfortability. However, if you’re not comfortable spending $30 a plate, I wouldn’t steer you here.

Stay tuned for more restaurant reviews in the future! (:

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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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Baked Chicken Pesto with Yellow Rice

As you may know, my friend May and I started a low calorie diet. In the name of not having to focus so much on our boyfriends food since we’re already focusing so much on ours (selfish, we know), we decided to go for some simple yet tastey entrees. In comes rice (easy and always satisfying) and some baked chicken.
Lets start with the chicken, shall we?

Baked Chicken Pesto serves 3

recipe ingredients

Ingredients:
4 Chicken breasts (we had two big and two small)
Pesto (4 tsp per chicken, 2 for smaller ones)
Minced Garlic (2 tsp per chicken, 1 for smaller ones)
Butter (or anything you’d like to grease the baking pan with)
Aluminum Foil

Directions:
On defrosted chicken, spread pesto and minced garlic to one side of the chicken breast. Place into baking pan after greasing it with the butter.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until the chicken is fully cooked. (Make sure to time yourself. Anymore and it would’ve been too dry).

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Yellow Rice with chicken broth serves 3-4

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Ingredients:
Rice (2 cups)
Water (1 cup)
Chicken brother (1 1/2 cups)
Sazon Goya (1/2 a packet)

Directions for Rice Cooker:
Put it all in the rice cooker and cook 🙂

Everything, from prep to fork in hand, will take you about 1 hour.

Not included in these pictures, we also served corn on the cob (which we included in our meal as well, take a look at that here).

Happy cookinnnn is happy livinnnn 😉

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