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Broiled Tilapia and Quinoa 
 
Mar. 3, 2013 5:23 pm 
Updated: Mar. 5, 2013 6:59 pm
Taste:   Broiled Tilapia Parmesan 4 stars

Ease of Preparation:   Fish 5 stars
Quinoa 4 stars

Cost:   Fish 4 stars
Quinoa 4 stars

This meal was mostly a success even though my oldest thought it was disgusting. The quinoa was a special request from my husband. I left the raw onions out, because, well, I don’t like them. I had trepidations about this dish. I had only had quinoa plain before and was less than thrilled.

The fish involved flipping and coating, which was simple enough. I coated it with the mixture and put it under the broiler, but no browning. It stayed in for another two minutes and still no dice. The recipe clearly states “be careful not to over cook the fish (sic).” I took it out while it was still white as snow.

I believe what happened was that I put too much of the mixture on the fish, so it was sliding around and couldn’t brown. It certainly tasted like it had too much mixture, which is why it got docked a star. The quinoa was delicious except I forgot to squirt lemon on at the end. I know the recipe says that the lemon was optional, but it would have made the dish. 

My husband and youngest son were thrilled with the results. I even liked the quinoa, which was a nice surprise. My 14 month old nearly cleaned his plate and was eating the quinoa by the handful. Of course, these are not my picky eaters. They will eat almost everything. My oldest (7) made gagging sounds while eating his mandatory amount of fish and the quinoa got a sideways thumb Roman Emperor style. 

I will make this dish again without adding too much mixture to the fish and splashing a little lemon on the quinoa. I selfishly consider this win number three.

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Mar. 3, 2013 5:27 pm
The taste buds of a kid are hard to fathom. I think you're doing great, and thank you for sharing what you're up to!
 
Mar. 3, 2013 5:28 pm
Could you add a link to the recipes if you found them online?
 
AZ93 
Mar. 3, 2013 6:42 pm
Hehouston, you may not have had your pan hot enough for it to brown. It has to be HOT to brown it quickly. Just a thought. Anyway, as usual I really enjoy reading your posts. I think you have a wonderful way of making things funny and bringing a humanity to your stories. I feel like I'm sitting there at the table with your family. I do hope one day you write a funny cookbook.....and if you do, I want the first signed copy. :D Thanks for another fun post. -Lara
 
Mar. 3, 2013 8:25 pm
hehouston: Well, look at you! I am assuming you made the somewhat famous Broiled Tilapia Parmesan. You're already adventuring in the Land of Quinoa! I haven't touched the stuff. Too nervous.
 
Mar. 3, 2013 8:25 pm
Another nice job. In any household of more than one person you will never please everyone every time.
 
Mar. 4, 2013 6:05 am
Very nicely done. If you dredge the fish in corn meal and pan fry them I think you will like the results. I like fish cooked in this manner and I don't really like fish.
 
AZ93 
Mar. 4, 2013 8:01 am
Just realized you broiled it, not pan fried. Never mind!! Did you have enough fats in the coating (butter, oil, mayo?). in my limited experience thats what helps it brown. bikerfamily that tilapia recipe is my favorite dish EVER!
 
Mar. 4, 2013 9:19 am
Any time a kid will eat his meal, even chokingly, you have done very well. As for the one that gobbled it up, big hugs!
 
Mar. 4, 2013 9:52 am
Thanks all!!! @Doc I have now added the links. Can't believe I forgot that important step. @Lara Thank you so much. I doubt I'll ever be that adept at cooking, but if I am you'll be the first to know. @bikerfamily That's the one. I think it will get 5 stars when I put less mixture on it. @Joey Pan-Fried tilapia is on next weeks menu. @Mike Yes, he got an shower on quinoa night.
 
 
 
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I'm a domestically challenged stay-at-home mom with two small boys and a wonderful husband. I have attempted to cook periodically, but was never very good at it. I am now into it with determination to make it work.
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