Thursday, August 8, 2013

Date Night at Home: Macadamia Nut-Crusted Tilapia with Pineapple Salsa

It's that time of the week again - date night at home! Before the craziness of yet another work week, sit down with your man this weekend and enjoy a nice dinner at home - just the two of you. This week we have a delicious recipe catered to all this warm-weather we've been having: macadamia nut-crusted tilapia with pineapple salsa, snow peas and cilantro lime rice. This exotic dish is a romantic escape in itself, courtesy of Cosmopolitan.com.

exotic summer dinnerMacademia Nut-Crusted Tilapia with Pineapple Salsa
Ingredients for fish
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup crushed macadamia nuts
2 tilapia fillets (about 3-4 ounces each)

Ingredients for salsa
1 cup finely chopped fresh pineapple
1 tbsp minced red onion
1/2 jalapeño, seeds removed, minced
1/4 cup minced cilantro
Salt and pepper

Directions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Put flour, egg and nuts in three separate shallow dishes.
Dredge each fillet first in flour, then egg, then nuts.
Place on oiled baking sheet.
Bake 12-14 minutes, until golden brown.
While fish is baking, make the salsa - combine pineapple, onion, jalapeño, and cilantro. Season with salt and pepper.
Serve the fish when it is opaque and flakes easily with a fork.

Sesame Snow Peas
1 cup snow peas
1 tsp unsalted butter
1/2 tsp sesame seeds
Salt and pepper

Rinse snow peas but don't dry. Place in a microwaveable bowl and microwave for 45 seconds on high. Stir in butter, sesame seeds and salt and pepper.

Cilantro Lime Rice
Add 1 tbsp lime juice to the water when prepared 1/2 cup long-grain white rice. When done, stir in 2 tbsp chopped cilantro. 

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