Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Fast, fabulous & filling!

Want a quick & healthy recipe for those days where you have little to no energy to cook up dinner?  This is definitely one of my favorite recipes for days when I’m short on time or motivation (like today after studying all day).  It’s great because it’s very few ingredients and also uses few dishes for prep so clean up is a breeze.  Within 30 minutes you’re in and out of the kitchen with a fabulous, healthy meal to boot!

Balsamic Tilapia with Brown Rice

  • 1 cup instant brown rice
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 tilapia fillets (any white flaky fish would work)
  • 1+ cup of fresh spinach leaves
  • 1/8 cup balsamic vinaigrette dressing
  • 14.5 oz. can of diced tomatoes (Italian seasoned are my favorite)
  • 1 Tbsp. grated parmesan cheese


Heat oven to 375.

Assemble 2 sheets of heavy duty aluminum foil on a baking sheet with the sides slightly turned up (into a shallow bowl).  Pour 1/2 cup of brown rice into center of each foil. Pour 1/3 cup of water over each mound of rice. 
Spoon 1/4 of can of tomatoes on top of rice and then place tilapia on top of rice and tomatoes.
Drizzle balsamic vinaigrette dressing onto each fillet, then top with remaining tomatoes (including the juice).  Finally, pile high with plenty of fresh spinach. 
Doesn’t that look delicious?!
Once assembled, bring up foil sides.  Fold ends and sides up to seal (allow a little room for heat circulation).
Bake 25 minutes.  Cut several slits in the top of foil when you take out of oven in order to let steam escape.  Sprinkle with parmesan & enjoy!
I know this isn’t the most appetizing picture, but I promise you that it’s amazing & super simple!

What’s your favorite 30 minute and under meal?


  1. I LOVE how you organize your blog and all of your posts! Love it! How was dinner? Looks delicious.

  2. I really want to make this (like tomorrow), but I'm not sure I can get instant brown rice here... Could you recommend any substitutions? Would Uncle Ben or something like that work?

    <--- is ignorant

  3. @A/T
    Uncle Ben's does appear to have an instant brown rice. You could always use instant white rice, but I prefer brown. I'm thinking that you could also put already cooked brown rice in there, but I don't know how well it would hold up to the baking.

  4. @Delectable Flair
    Thanks doll!!
    Dinner was fabulous!

    p.s. I miss you!

  5. Boy I wish my family would like brown rice. I love it, they turn their noses up at it. White & Sticky is all they want. Otherwise, fish in foil does make a gorgeous meal every time.

    Nice Blog!

  6. I love balsamic on anything! I even like to drizzle it on my pizza — which is also an easy recipe if you plan it out right!