Do you and your love go out to eat on Valentines Day or do you stay home and enjoy a quite night without all the crowds. The Hubby and I have done both, and we both agree staying home is really nice. You can fix exactly what you want (like this tilapia veracruz) and then you can watch your favorite romcom and call it a night…it is a win win for everyone.
Now most Valentines Day that we stay home The Hubby will grill steaks and I will fix some sides that we both love, such as twice baked potatoes, creamed spinach and then something yummy for dessert…but this year I wanted to change it up and I decided fish was on the menu. To make it even better I am going to fix a quick and easy one pan meal making it super simple to clean-up so I can spend more time with The Hubby.
Now it is no secret that we both love salmon, but in reality we love most fish and for this dish I wanted to spotlight tilapia. Why tilapia you ask?? Well tilapia is a very mild but still hearty fish, it is also very cost friendly making it perfect for a larger dinner as well, plus it cooks super quick and no prep is needed.
The idea for this dinner came form a meal The Hubby and I had on our anniversary trip to Mexico. It has a ton of sautéed veggies (primarily peppers) in a rich tomato based sauce dotted with capers (& olives if you like them) that the fish cooks in making it super flavorful with each bite. When we had this dish in Mexico the first thing we both noticed was the bright colors of the peppers, there was red, orange and yellow peppers then the aroma of the tomato sauce that had tons of flavor in it and then of course the beautiful pieces of fish sitting so delicately on the peppers…it truly was art on the plate, almost too pretty to eat but of course we did eat it. In the original dinner there were olives in the dish but for The Hubby I used capers instead, it is totally a preference…either will work as the brininess really brings a brightness to the dish. You could also add in some fresh spinach at the very end or carrots with the peppers in the beginning for even more veggie love.
If tilapia is not your favorite you can use another fish you like such as salmon or flounder just make sure to adjust cooking time as needed.
This easy, and yes skinny dinner, is a perfect Valentines Day dinner.
Make everyday sparkle – MJ