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Foodie Friday: Tilapia en Papillote with Spinach Sesame seed salad

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Congratulations! We made it through the holidays. Now it’s time to tighten the belt and after the past couple months of excess and rich foods it’s likely that some of us are more than ready to get back on track.

The most common resolution for the New Year is to trim down and lose those winter “coats.” Along with a few extra trips to the gym it is also essential to find meals that are both delicious and nutritious in order to shed those extra pounds.

This recipe is for an individual portion. You can assemble as many as you need for your guests, if desired. The spinach recipe that accompanies should serve four people. If you want you can serve this with steamed rice.

Remember a recipe is only a guideline, make it your own and you are sure to create something truly wonderful. Enjoy!


Tilapia en Papillote

1 4-6 ounce Tilapia fillet (any white fish will substitute well)

1 large scallion sliced thin (for each papillote)

½ teaspoon vegetable oil

2 thin slices of fresh ginger

2 slices lemon

1 teaspoon soy sauce

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place you fillet in the center of a round piece of parchment paper that is at least three inches greater in diameter than the fillet. Drizzle soy sauce and oil over the fish and rub into the flesh. Arrange scallions, ginger and lemon slices on the top of the fillet.

Fold the parchment over the fish to seal: starting at one end, make a series of small, overlapping folds, pressing each one flat making a border all around and pressing out extra air as you finish folding. Place packet(s) on a sheet pan and bake for 15-18 minutes depending on the thickness of your fish or until the paper is lightly brown. Plate the fish in the parchment and open at the table folding the edges of parchment paper under the fillet.

Spinach sesame seed salad

1 ½ lbs fresh young spinach rinsed and spun dry

2 tablespoons mirin (rice wine)

¼ cup rice vinegar

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

In a small mixing bowl combine mirin, vinegar, and soy sauce whisk together and set aside. In a salad bowl add spinach and dressing. Toss together thoroughly until all leaves are coated. Sprinkle the sesame seeds over the top and serve.


Here are some great health-concious food events listed on Brown Paper Tickets to help you get on track!

Friday, January 11th
Liquid FeastNew York, New York

Sundays, January 13th-Febuary 24th
Unsung: Negelected Winter VegetablesSan Francisco, California

Tuesday, January 15th
Kitchen Essentials: Knife Skills, Food Handling and Healthy Recipes WorkshopMt. Holly, New Jersey

Wednesday, January 16th
The Healing effects of whole food the macro wayNew Haven, Connecticut

Feeding Your Soul: Mindful Cooking & Eating in the New YearSan Francisco, California

Saturday, January 19th
Kick the Ick: Surviving the Cold & Flu Season with Herbal RemediesGrand Rapids, Michigan

Wednesday, January 23rd
Healthy from the Inside OutWilton, Connecticut