Monday, March 11, 2013

Low Calorie Parmesan and Panko Crusted Tilapia

I was at Sam's Club the other day and they were giving out samples of a pre-made frozen Parmesan tilapia dinner and it was surprisingly good! I don't usually purchase meals like that so I decided to tackle the recipe on my own and came up with this tonight. It was so DELICIOUS! This seriously will make the list of healthy meals at night....only 295 calories per serving!! 

Parmesan and Panko Crusted Tilapia
4- 6 oz tilapia fillets
1/2 cup egg beaters
2 tablespoons of low-fat mayonnaise
1 cup panko Japanese breadcrumbs
2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon dried parsley

1. Heat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Line baking sheet with silicone mat or spray with some oil.
3. In shallow bowl whisk egg beaters and mayonnaise.
4. In a different shallow bowl, mix panko breadcrumbs, Parmesan , and spices.
5. Dip fish in egg beater mixture and then coat both sides in the panko mixture.
6. Place coated fillets on baking sheet.
7. Bake for 20-30 minutes until fish is flaky.

The Skinny: Serves 4 @ 295 calories (actually less because you won't use all the egg mixture and breadcrumbs)

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

DIY: Beadboard Backed Bookshelf

I have been trying to purge my house of extras that we just don't need. I feel like my life has been so chaotic since the birth of my second child and that maybe "decluttering" might be what I need to give my life a little order.

With that said, I was organizing my downstairs storage room and purchased some new heavy duty storage shelves. I was left with this sad old bookshelf in which I had no use. My husband always hated this bookshelf, but it was pretty sturdy and a great height so I always seemed to find a good use for it.

It was it's time to go...or was it? I was in need of some toy storage in my toy room/guest bedroom in the basement. (This poor room has so many names, but best to be called the 'room of chaos' or the second toy room so Mommy can workout without kids getting under her feet but also doubles as the guest bedroom once in a while.) The bookshelf might be just what I need to organize the toys in this room.

I started out by sanding down the scratches that were on the bookshelf. First with a 60 grit then a 200 grit sanding block.

And then I removed the cardboard backing. 

Next, I primed it all with Zinsser Cover Stain White Primer Sealer. This is the best primer I have found for these faux finished furniture pieces. 

I decided to paint it white..... and must have also lost some photos along the way. What you do not see is me painting it white and cutting the bead-board panel to fit the back and installing it. However, I do have a picture of the finished product!  

Here it is with the shelves installed.

This room of chaos looks like this most of the time.

With the new (old) bookshelf painted, it now is organized and looks like this!

This whole project cost me $9, the cost of the bead-board. I had the paint and fabric boxes already on hand.

It makes the room look a little more in order now! My son is very good about putting all the toys back when finished playing now that there is a spot they go in!

Happy Painting!!

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