Monday, March 8, 2010

Make It Cheap Monday - Date Night In

Nearly three years ago, my husband and I became parents. The world of parenting is an exciting place filled with everything from the indescribable joy of your baby's first smile to being up all night long with a sick kiddo, cleaning up enough vomit to make even a janitor cringe and washing your third load of laundry before 4:00 a.m.

I probably shouldn't have said/typed the word "vomit" if I wanted y'all to stick around long enough to read the recipe. Oops. Please ignore that Mommy moment.

Anyhow, my basic point is this: being a parent makes your every day life unpredictable and hard to plan. The next time your plans for a hot date with your spouse fall through you can easily turn a messed up evening into a fabulous Date Night In. Get in the kitchen with your lover and make a nice meal together, watch a romantic comedy and/or use one of these home date ideas from Where is the ME in Mommy? 

Here's a recipe you might want to try for that date night:

Grab an orange and slice off each end.

I didn't intend to buy the kind with the pink flesh but I like how it goes with the romance of this post.

Anyhow, slice off the rind.

Find the white "skin" holding the segments in place and gently slice into the orange, starting at that white part on either side of the segments. Once you make the cut on both sides, a perfect little orange segment should come right out. Repeat until all the segments are removed.

In a skillet, melt 1 tbsp of butter over medium heat.

You could also use either vegetable oil or olive oil. I just had some butter sitting out so I used that.

While the butter is melting, season tilapia filets with salt, black pepper and a slight touch of ground cayenne pepper ( can get spicy if you aren't careful).

By now the butter has melted so gently place those filets in the skillet, seasoned side down.

Add some salt and black pepper to the other side.

Cook for 2-3 minutes, gently flip the filets over.

Pour in 1/2 c. white wine and a splash or two of orange juice.

Oh and those orange segments we just made.

Let the liquid reduce slightly by cooking the fish for another 2-3 minutes or until the fish is cooked through. Cooked fish will start to flake if you gently tug at it with a fork.

Serve it up with a glass of wine, my super easy asparagus and whole wheat rolls. Finish dinner with a rich, chocolate-laden, dessert like my Butterscotch Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies - it'll make you happy, promise. 

Tilapia a la Orange (Printable Recipe)
Serves 2

2-4 tilapia filets, depending on size. I used three because my husband usually eats two and I'll just eat one. (1.20 - 2.40)
1 blood orange, rind removed and sectioned (0.50)
salt and pepper
1/2 c. white wine (1.00)
1/8 c. orange juice (0.25)

Total cost: 2.95-4.15. That means even after you pick up some dinner rolls, make the asparagus and brownies, you'll only pay about $10 for your dinner in. And nothing beats a little quality time with your spouse in the kitchen. :)


Season the fish lightly with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tbsp. of butter or oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When melted add the fish, seasoned side down. Sprinkle salt and pepper on the side now facing up. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Gently flip the fish. Pour in white wine and orange juice. Place the orange segments on top of the filets. Cook for another 2-3 minutes or until the fish is cooked through.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the link love.

    This recipe looks great. We had salmon last night and talked about needing some tilapia. I've never actually cooked it but now I have a reason to try ;)


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