10.21.2009

Grilled Talapia & Green Beans

Pin It Last night we had a simple, but delicious dinner of grilled talapia, grilled green beans, wild rice and avocado.

So there's something about touching fish that I don't enjoy. I'm fine with red meats, and poultry. But fish feels funny, and alien. I had to clean and decapitate my fish, which was no fun, and then stuff it with goodness. Now typically I would just describe what I did in some detail. But. Apparently, people like recipes. And even though I'm bad at following them, and even worse at remembering ones I created, I'm going to give this recipe thing a shot. Just keep in mind, these are rough recipes.

My husband and I have been reading Julia Child's "My Life in France." Actually, he reads, and I listen. This is the first time we've tried this, but we decided this would be a nice thing to share before dozing off to sleep each night (cute right?). So every night, well almost every night, he reads for about 30 minutes, and I snicker at his French pronunciations. It's a good time.

The point here is that we learned Julia was nuts. She's a very scientific cook. Unlike what I have seen of her on TV, in her earlier days, she's spent days perfecting a recipe, and measuring out her ingredients, and testing her kitchen gadgets like a mad scientist.

I do not measure often. Sometimes. But not often. And I add things last minute, and omit. So bare with me, as I give this recipe deal a go, and feel free to change what you'd like. I won't take it personally.


Grilled Talapia (for 2)
2 fresh and plump talapias, whole
2 lemon slices
2 tablespoons of butter (more of less 2 slices)
2 garlic gloves
a handful of cilantro
salt and pepper to taste
some olive oil


After cleaning my talapias, I placed them on some aluminum foil (sprayed with cooking spray)and stuffed each one with the above ingredients (divide them up). I poured a bit of oil on each one, then folded the the foil to create a steam pocket, and grilled the fish for about 25 minutes.

Grilled Green Beans (for 2)
1/2 lbs of green beans (trimmed)
green onion
salt and pepper to taste
olive oil


My husband called these the best green beans ever. He's even talking about making some for Christmas dinner. They are simple, smoky and special (I managed to use three S words.)

So you gather a bunch of beans, and tie them up with green onion. Drizzle with plenty of olive oil and seasoning, and grill for about 15 minutes, turning them as you see fit.

Now the whole tying with green onion thing is hard. But I saw it on TV, and had to try it. I have failed once, and given up, but this time it worked. And the grilled onion was delicious as well.

The rice really needs no mentioning, it was filler, and I used a Trader Joe's mix. But I liked the taste of fresh avocado with the fish. It was nice and creamy.

Make sure to drink plenty of white wine!

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