Skinny By Christmas

That’s my new mantra. I am going to be skinny by Christmas. Then I am going to go shopping for jeans. I always wanted to look great in jeans. I secretly – oh who am I kidding – overtly despise women who look fabulous in jeans. I, too, would be happy to be so despised.

My efforts to de-flab include two new things in my life. Spin. I love it because it is efficient. I have decided that one spin class is equal to at least two of my lame self-directed work outs. Following this logic, I think I can get away with working out just 3 times a week if I am spinning.

Add to that a few dietary improvements. Okay, I was really bad this holiday weekend, but such is life. I’m back in the saddle and tried something new.

I……made fish. For diner. Tilapia actually. It was a recipe recommended by my friend Melissa and it was fast, super easy and delicious.  I made it last night because the pickiest eater on the planet my husband was out-of-town. I told the kids it was chicken. Charlie bought it. Molly–not so much, but she did try it before grabbing the nearest banana.

Here is her recipe which she got from


  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon celery salt
  • 2 pounds tilapia fillets


  1. Preheat your oven’s broiler. Grease a broiling pan or line pan with aluminum foil.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the Parmesan cheese, butter, mayonnaise and lemon juice. Season with dried basil, pepper, onion powder and celery salt. Mix well and set aside.
  3. Arrange fillets in a single layer on the prepared pan. Broil a few inches from the heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Flip the fillets over and broil for a couple more minutes. Remove the fillets from the oven and cover them with the Parmesan cheese mixture on the top side. Broil for 2 more minutes or until the topping is browned and fish flakes easily with a fork. Be careful not to over cook the fish.

Do you have a favorite recipe for Tilapia?

0 Responses to Skinny By Christmas

  1. Diana Hatcher September 8, 2010 at 2:25 pm #

    We eat talapia frequently. Sams Club sells it frozen and ready to cook after rinsing in warm water for 1 minute. I love it because it has a mild taste as I am not a big fan of most fish. I sprinkle salt and pepper (or crazy mixed up salt and pepper if you have it) and cook it in a small amount of olive oil on the stove top. I garnish with a spritz of fresh lemon and it’s delicious and healthy!

  2. Heather September 8, 2010 at 3:49 pm #

    Thanks! I’m already thinking about making more.

  3. Julia September 8, 2010 at 9:10 pm #

    we use a peanut bake in the thai isle….its super yummy peanut crust that is kind of sweet and maybe a little tiny bit spicy.

  4. Angie September 9, 2010 at 8:25 am #

    We recently started buying salmon at Costco, which is just as simple to make. Salmon fillets in baking dish, drizzled with butter, seasoned with salt and lemon pepper, under the broiler. Can I tell you – easy peasy and oh so yummy!!! You won’t be able to pass it off as chicken though!

  5. sharona September 28, 2010 at 11:18 am #

    hey heather…we eat a salmon more than anyother fish…i bake mostly but sometimes grill, i am a grilling machine.
    i srinkle a wee bit of evoo on top with a tad of spice…what ever is handy. soemtimes i add spinach and garlic when i place in the oven.
    my whole family eats the salmon. i guess i’m lucky there.


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