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It’s been hot, humid and sunny outside. Just the way I love it! But the downside of summer is that it makes me feel a little lazy. The sun shining in through my windows and the warm summer breeze blowing past my desk make it hard to concentrate. Instead of editing photos, typing up recipes and a semi interesting story/history to go with them, all I want to do is go for a walk and dream up stories while basking in the sunshine. So I’ve got nothing interesting to tell you. Haha!
What about you guys, any of you feeling this way too? We’ve been spending as much time as possible outdoors. It’s important to take advantage of the nice weather and refresh by being away from the computer. Even taking as little as 10 minutes to go for a walk outside will help you feel refreshed. Plus stretching your legs is not only good for the mind but for the waistline.
Speaking about waistlines fish is a great food to maintain a healthy waistline. Fish is also a lighter meal perfect for the summer heat. Being overstuffed on a hot summer day is not the best feeling and fish will not leave you feeling so. Another reason why fish makes good hot weather food is because it is so easy and fast to cook. Fish is a pretty hard thing to mess up so even the novice cook can whip up a great fish dinner in no time. Today’s recipe is one of those hassle free, little clean up meals that anyone can cook.
Healthy Pan Fried Nile Perch Fillets:
2 Nile Perch Fillets
1.5 tbsp olive oil
5 garlic, thinly sliced
salt, to taste
ground black pepper, to taste
1 lemon, juiced
frying pan or grill pan
1. Heat the frying/grill pan over medium high heat. Add enough olive oil to coat the pan. Pat dry the Nile Perch fillets with a paper towel. Season with salt and pepper on both sides, set aside. Fry the garlic slices until just golden and crispy, be careful not to burn as they will taste bitter. Spoon out the garlic and set aside, leaving the oil. Squeeze half the lemon into the frying/grill pan and mix with the oil. Then place the fillets in the pan and grill on one side for 8 minutes. Flip and cook another 6 minutes or until the fish is firm and cooked through. Squeeze the remaining lemon juice into the grill pan and over the fillets.
Garnish with the fried garlic slices and a slice of lemon and leftover olive oil from the pan, if desired. Suggested side dishes that go wonderful with these fillets are : Turmeric Rice , Trinity Rice and Watermelon Feta Salsa with Fresh Horseradish . I also have another Nile Perch recipe in my archives, Nile Perch with Spicy Cashew Pesto
I leave you with today’s hassle free, little clean up recipe. I’m going back to pretending like I’m actually getting anything accomplished for the next few hours. Today is my scruffy furry bundle of love’s birthday. Our Panchito turns 13 today! As is tradition every year, we will be taking him to pick out a new toy and his special b-day dinner. In a few hours he will be deep into his bucket.