October 06, 2010

Hearty Breakfast Casserole

At my previous job, we use to have Friday breakfast and would occasionally eat together.  Oh, how I looked forward to Friday breakfast. What is it going to be this week?  Bagels? Fruit? Cereal? Kolaches? Breakfast Tacos?  Always a surprise and then I hit an early food coma at around 1030 a.m.  Loves.

Some lucky Fridays, someone would actually bake something for breakfast.  Laurie brought in a delicious breakfast casserole and I had to beg a little for the recipe.  So easy and good!  My sister and brother-in-law came in for a weekend visit and stayed with me and this was the perfect opportunity to make this breakfast.  Just beware, when you have a hungry and pregnant sister....do the preparation the night before so it's ready to bake when you get up! 

Hearty Breakfast Casserole
Recipe from Laurie Williford
Serves 6

2 cups dry chicken stove top stuffing mix
2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups ham (I had honey baked ham, sliced at the thickest in the deli section and it was about 3 slices)
6 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup shredded cheddar (from the bag is perfect but I'm sure fresh cheddar would be even better)

*Sorry for the lack of photos. I forgot to take photos until the very end.

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease your casserole dish with buttah!
2. Mix all the ingredients together and pour into the dish.
3. Bake for 45 - 50 minutes until golden brown on the top and a chopstick comes out clean when you poke it.
4. Let it lightly cool and serve in slices!

October 04, 2010

Red Curry Tilapia

I've been trying to cook more fish recently because well, it's tasty and good for you!  Sadly, I just now realized that my fish cooking includes salmon and yes, more salmon.  I bought a bag of tilapia fillets a few weeks ago so this night was a good night to venture out.  This fish is a good starter since it's fairly easy to cook, mild in flavor and you can basically add anything to it for a tasty, tasty meal. 

My brother gave me a huge book of asian cooking and there was a recipe for fish with coconut.  Perfect!  Granted, in  my quest to cook healthier...curry probably isn't the best way to go. 

Red Curry Tilapia
Serves 3

2 tbsp veg. oil
3 tilapia fillets (you can use another mild fish like cod)
5 tbsp flour
1 garlic clove, minched
2 tbsp red curry paste
1 can coconut milk
2 tomatos, cubed (or in my case, 1 can whole tomatoes chopped)
10 fresh basil leaves
white rice to eat with the curry
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tbsp fish sauce

1. Clean and wash the fillet and cut into cubes.  Dry with a paper towel.  Put the flour into a plate, mix in salt and pepper and the garlic powder.  Coat the fish cubes in the flour.
2. In a hot pan, cook the coated fish and stir-fry for a good 4-5 minute until they brown and are almost cooked all the way through.
3. In a small bowl, mix the coconut milk, garlic, curry paste and fish sauce.  Pour the mixture over the fish and bring to a boil.  Next, add in the tomatoes and a little of the tomato sauce from the can.  Turn it to medium and just let it cook for a little bit longer.
4. Chopped the basil and add it to the mixture.  Give it a taste test and see if it needs more curry, fish sauce or salt/pepper.
5. Serve with rice and enjoy!