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Old 05-21-07, 06:58 PM   #1
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It only took 50+ years

to create some healthier eating habits for me at least.

The wife is out of town for the week enjoying the benefit of one of the 3 college tuitions I'm paying. I have two kids at home this summer so tonight I attempted to create a healthier meal for us all. I've been on a fish kick lately so I picked up some Tilapia and rice from the grocery store on the way home.

Since I was grilling I decided I might as well grill a couple of things to let the kids have a choice so I also picked up some ground Turkey and made Turkey burgers. I didn't realize that the Tilapia was not that expensive considering the alternatives. Even the turkey seemed reasonable-or maybe it was because what I bought was on special as it was labeled as needing to be prepared today.

I fixed the Tilapia with several different spices to also give us a choice. I think I liked the Cajun spice the best but I tend to go for things a little spicer anyway.

I don't know if it's because I've starved the kids the past few days but they actually seemed to really enjoy the food and didn't hold back a lick. Could just be the appetitie of teenagers as well. I'll have to check out the dogs' dishes to make sure none of it shows up there. Maybe it will help to get them away from the fried foods for a day or two.

Anybody have any fish recipes they'd like to offer???
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My absolute favorite fish is a grilled Ahi grade tuna steak, done rare, with nothing at all on it but a drizzle of a good grade of extra virgin olive oil. On a nice hot grill, no more than three minutes per side. Heavenly. Trust me on this one.

I'm also a big fan of turkey burgers, great flavor there.
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Salmon fillets (or steaks), generously dusted with Prudhomme's Fish Magic or Tony Cachere's Creole Seasoning, pan seared in olive oil. Serve with rice or pasta and black beans.
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Long John Silver's Value Meal. Stirred not shaken!
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A Tuna Pocket from Milford Track.
Walk downhill from the office to the Milford Track restaurant. Purchase Tuna Pocket


Or, my mother's recipe for tuna fish, condensed mushroom soup and rice.

One can of soup, one can of Tuna; heated together while one cup of rice is cooked.
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Many moons ago- My wife went into hospital for 3 days leaving me to fend for the 8 and 5 year old. I was fortunate in that I had to take the kids to school and had all those young mums to get advice from. Thanks to the wife- we were into home cooked food so it was not going to easy to cook out of tins for my two.

All I wanted to do was cook Toad in the Hole. Sausages in a Yorkshire pudding that you prepare and bung in the Oven. I did not know if you cooked the Sausages first so I asked the mums for advice. Out of the ten I asked- not one single one knew the answer. It was time for me to serve the kids a cremation or an under cooked meal. Thankfully all went well and we had a perfect meal that night.

One Thing I have learnt from that time on- Home cooked food is not hard to do and is so much cheaper than the prepared meals out of the chilled cabinet. Luckily the wife has been in perfect health ever since so no more asking the young mums how to cook a meal- I do miss that though.

Incidentally -You do not cook the sausages before putting them in the oven with the Yorkshire pudding mix. Now I wonder if I can attempt to cook a Rhubarb pie- just to see if I like it.
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Anybody have any fish recipes they'd like to offer???
Absolutely the best fish on the entire face of the earth is bream (a/k/a/ bluegill) covered with cornmeal or FishFri fried in grease and served with fried potatoes, but I suspect that wasn't what you were after .
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Well, if you want good fish, and not too expensive -- the sushi place near me offers discounts on yesterday's sushi.
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Absolutely the best fish on the entire face of the earth is bream (a/k/a/ bluegill) covered with cornmeal or FishFri fried in grease and served with fried potatoes, but I suspect that wasn't what you were after .
Substitute catfish for bream and substitute cheese grits for potatoes and you're onto something. But good as it is, I just don't eat stuff like that much anymore.
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Absolutely the best fish on the entire face of the earth is bream (a/k/a/ bluegill) covered with cornmeal or FishFri fried in grease and served with fried potatoes, but I suspect that wasn't what you were after .

I have to admit to consuming more than the average person's share of fried fish over the years!! I grew up with the family going to a "fish camp" every Friday night and consuming large portions of all the greasy stuff you mentioned. I also have worked with some locals that fish every chance they get and they invite their friencs over and have regular fish fries. I would certainly agree that fried catfish, bream and white bass is pretty tasty-especially if it is right out of the fryer.

But you're correct-those are the habits I'm trying very hard to get redirected to something that doesn't affect the LDL levels in my blood quite that much!!!
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Tilapia is good stuff. We grow it here and it is cheap. In fact, I am in process of creating spring fed pounds so that I have plenty of tilapia, trout (yes, it is here thanks to Teddy R.) and Guapote (Peacock Bass).

Nothing like Fish fresh from the water. One favorite of mine is fresh trout - filet and put just a little olive oil and limon juice and nuke till done. You have to have really fresh fish but it is really good. Add salt and pepper to your liking.
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I pan-fried a mess o' catfish for lunch yesterday. Mmmmmm!
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The fried crappie we pigged out on for so many years is gone now, replaced by grilled crappie. We grill ours on the George Foreman grill, which does an excellent job, very quickly.
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The fried crappie we pigged out on for so many years is gone now, replaced by grilled crappie. We grill ours on the George Foreman grill, which does an excellent job, very quickly.
I take it you'd recommend the GF grill? What size do you have? How's cleanup?
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Crappie is really good! That, yellow perch, walleye, catfish - shall we continue? Bream is really good too

I am making myself hungry!
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I take it you'd recommend the GF grill? What size do you have? How's cleanup?
We have the larger grill, but I suspect any size would work well. Cleanup is pretty minimal after fish. We're still experimenting on what goes on the fish before grilling. I, too, would like to hear what other 50+'ers put on theirs.

After loving fried fish for so many years, I couldn't imagine myself eating grilled fish. But, I have to admit being hooked on it now. That reminds me, a holiday weekend coming, I sense another crappie fishing trip coming up.
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We have the larger grill, but I suspect any size would work well. Cleanup is pretty minimal after fish. We're still experimenting on what goes on the fish before grilling. I, too, would like to hear what other 50+'ers put on theirs.
I always use Mrs. Dash seasonings on my fish. They have several recipes on their website.
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I also like to throw a little white cooking wine on the fish...gives it a great flavor.
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I always use Mrs. Dash seasonings on my fish. They have several recipes on their website.
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I also like to throw a little white cooking wine on the fish...gives it a great flavor.
The the remainder of the white wine goes???????
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Grilled Mako shark. It's the best.
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In the cook???????
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I fixed the Tilapia with several different spices to also give us a choice. I think I liked the Cajun spice the best but I tend to go for things a little spicer anyway.

Anybody have any fish recipes they'd like to offer???
I want to put in a good word for Tilapia. This fish has been around but was called White Fish and in other parts of the world "St. Peters Fish". This is good fish in the sense that it can be farmed easily. It lives on veggie matter and therefore does not store up nasty toxins unless you put that in the veggies and that water. www.Answers.com has a good write up about it.
I like the Outback Restaurant recipe. My wife has copied and improved on that.

BTW, I do like Salmon a lot but Salmon is fed fish so you get all the toxins.
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Over here in the UK we have plenty of salt water fish, but the "Farmed" fish are making big inroads. For me it has to be a sea fish. Trout and most farmed fish taste muddy to me so I do not eat them. Now if you want a Good tasting fish then a Dover or Lemon sole takes a lot of beating. (Caught locally and bought straight from the boat) Then there is sea Bream- Fill the inside with herbs and a little seasoning and wrap in Tin foil. Cook on the BBQ and Then have another.

Talk to my kids though about fish cooked at home and all they can remember is the bones. Mackerel season was all the year round and it was cheap so that is all the fish we could afford- except Cod and Chips from the local chippie.
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