Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Fried Rice with Stir Fried Veggies and Tilapia

Sometimes our busy lives require that we make dinner in a hurry but that doesn't mean it can't be full of flavor and nutrition! This was something I whipped up tonight and Brian and I agreed that it was "Blog Worthy." 

With the Holidays behind us and all of those cookies and pies lurking on our waistlines I decided to make something on the lighter side. There are three different parts to this dish, the rice, the stir fried veggies and the Tilapia. Don't worry it isn't complicated and takes about 30 minutes from start to finish. I like to use fresh fruits and veggies as often as possible but sometimes I don't have the energy to run to the store so I always stock the freezer with a large variety of frozen veggies so for this recipe you will need a bag of stir fry veggies, a bag of peas and carrots and a bag of broccoli and cauliflower. 

Rice Ingredients:

2       T. olive oil
1       medium onion chopped
1       bag frozen peas and carrots
1       cup Jasmine rice
3       T. Soy Sauce
2       T. honey
1 1/2 c. water

Tilapia Ingredients:

6       Tilapia Filets
1/2    c. *Special Sauce

*Special Sauce (Makes 1 cup)

1/2 c. Thai Sweet Chile Sauce
1/4 c. Soy Sauce
1/4 c. Teriyaki Sauce
2-3 T. Sriracha Sauce
Combine ingredients in a bowl and whisk together.
(make sure to separate into two bowls, one for brushing on the fish and one for the veggies)

Stir Fried Veggie Ingredients:

1       bag frozen stir fry veggies 
1       bag of frozen cauliflower and broccoli
1       can water chestnuts drained and quartered
1/2    c. *Special Sauce

Step 1, Rice:

Heat 1 T. olive oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Add onions and cook until slightly transparent, about 5 minutes. Add remaining 1 T. olive oil, peas, carrots and rice and brown for 3-5 minutes. Add honey and soy sauce and stir then add water and bring to a boil. Once the water is boiling then cover, lower heat and simmer for 20-25 minutes until all water is absorbed.

Step 2, Fish:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 13"x9" glass pan with cooking spray. Lightly salt and pepper both sides of the fish filets and brush both sides of the fish with half of the *Special Sauce. Place in oven to bake for 10 minutes then set oven to broil for 3-5 minutes to create a nice glaze. Make sure to keep an eye on the fish so it doesn't burn under the broiler.

Step 3, Stir Fried Veggies:

While fish and rice are cooking heat oil in a large skillet or wok. Add in the vegetables being careful if frozen because you don't want the oil to splash. Stir fry all veggies and water chestnuts until cooked through then add the remaining sauce and continue cooking until it is thickened.

Voila! Easy and delicious dinner. This dish would be equally delicious with stir fried chicken replacing the Tilapia if you are not a fan of fish. I will try to post some of the delicious dishes our family shared over the holidays very soon . Until then happy eating.

Food is Love and I Love Food.



1 comment:

  1. Looks like another winner, Aimee! And the blog's new look is great too.