Friday, October 17, 2014

Chef Daddy: Blackened Tilapia

Today marks the start of a recipe series on this little blog of mine. No, this is not a joke.

You may be wondering why there are no culinary posts in the six-year history of this blog. There's a simple reason, and it's because I can't cook. I could if I tried harder, but it seems my knowledge of the perfect grilled cheese and boxed macaroni have been good enough thus far. It also helps that my husband is really good at it.

I've posted his creations on social media and even brought one to a blogger meetup {spinach dip post coming soon}, but I never thought about sharing recipes. When I approached him about writing down his methods, Chef Daddy was all in. In the interest of alliteration and not reinventing the wheel, I figured Foodie Friday would be a good fit. You get the gist. I will take pictures of food I had no hand in cooking and share the fruits of my husband's labor for you to enjoy. This week's dish has been a popular one in the house lately. Today we're talking blackened tilapia with a side of sautéed vegetables. We've been attempting to trade fried food in for leaner fare, and this rates high on the healthy scale.

My lack of skills means I can't really explain the details, but the recipe card below should point you in the right direction. I will say the way he cooks this fish is better than anything else I've tried, and when I ask what he does, he says, "secret recipe." Consider yourself lucky. He tops it with fresh ingredients: a mix of pepper, cilantro, tomato, avocado, and a splash of lime, but it's just as good without the topping {Nathan prefers it that way}. The veggies seem like a no-brainer. Just turn the left into the right:

For the entrée, I think you take sprinkles of some sort and put it on the fish. Then you put it in the pan, pull it out when it's ready, put some stuff on top of it, bada-bing, bada-boom you've got dinner:

It should be quite clear that I have no idea what I'm talking about, so I'll let the Chef Daddy-written recipe do the talking {hint: click on the recipe to enlarge, then save}. Print it out, ignore my cues, and cook this for your family. It comes with the Jessica stamp of approval, and although I'll admit that both Nora and Owen opted for hot dogs, Nathan gave this dish three thumbs up:

In his words, "I prefer salmon, but this is pretty okay." Nathan is such a picky eater, so to get him to try this, let alone eat the majority of it, is a win in my book. If your kids are open to new and exciting stuff, give this a whirl. It's good for them and comes with all sorts of vegetables disguised with delicious flavors. Bon appetit!

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Unknown said...

I love it! And your rating system is too cute. Looking forward to that spinach dip :)

Jennifer said...

This dish looks SO good! I love tilapia.

The kid-friendly ratings system rocks! I can't wait to see more.