A Recipe and a List

Well, if the title is any indication of how the rest of this post will go, I feel for you.  (Or hopefully you’ll feel for me and keep on reading.)  It’s not that I don’t have anything to write about, it’s just that my summer is turning out to be much different than I had planned.

I had planned on writing every day, reading dozens of books, organizing every nook and cranny of my house, exercising, and on and on and on.

The reality of my summer?  Chauffeur and cruise director.  It’s okay.  I’ve made peace with it.

This week the children are away, and Coach and I decided that we would use the week to tackle some lingering home improvement projects which included painting the bedroom, painting the trim and windows in several rooms, painting the stair risers, and cleaning out the garage.

Coach added playing golf and cleaning out a football closet at school which has gone untouched since the mid-90’s to his list.  That’s okay too.  Home improvement projects aren’t really his thing.  I’m doing my best to make peace with that.

So, the reality is that it’s Friday and we’ve managed to knock out painting the bedroom.  Have I ever told you our bedroom is enormous?  It is.  And every inch of wall and trim had to be painted. 

3 coats. 

Don’t. Get. Me. Started.

We did go to our Weight Watchers meeting Tuesday night, and Coach has lost a little over 50 pounds.  I’ve lost…a bit less.  But we’ve been challenged this week to eat more vegetables and fruits.  We dutifully left the meeting and went to the grocery to get said fruits and vegetables.  Remember I told you the children are gone for the week- the old me would have had us surviving on Frosted Flakes and popcorn.

Turns out I like cherries and blueberries, and they don’t even have to be in a muffin.  Although, the muffin is certainly an excellent vessel for a blueberry.

I also wanted to try a new recipe.  Paula Deen published it, and I adapted it just a bit.  I have to say that this particular recipe was a Weight Watchers-friendly recipe before I adapted it.  I reduced the butter, orange juice, and teriyaki sauce and increased the onions. 

Perfection.  And, the ingredients were cheap, easy to find, and the recipe went from grocery bag to plate in about 20 minutes.

Asian Tilapia Lettuce Wraps (adapted from Paula Deen)
1 to 1-1/2 tbsp. butter  (I got away with 1 tbsp.)
2 pounds tilapia fillets
Sea Salt
Seasoned Pepper
Garlic Powder
1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (I bought it freshly squeezed to save time)
1 cup teriyaki sauce (I used low sodium)
1 bunch green onions, chopped  (around a cup or so)
2 8 oz. cans of sliced water chestnuts, chopped
Lettuce leaves

Sprinkle the tilapia with sea salt, pepper, and garlic powder.  Heat butter on medium-high heat until melted and add tilapia.  Cook 2-3 minutes each side until fish flakes easily with a fork.  Remove tilapia.  Add orange juice and teriyaki sauce.  Be sure to incorporate brown bits in skillet.  Cook the sauce about 5-6 minutes until it thickens.  Add onions and water chestnuts.  Cook another 3-4 minutes.  Add the fish and combine.

Serve on lettuce leaves.

So, turns out the post title was no indication of how the post was going to go. I never actually made it to the list.  Good intentions seem to be a theme with me this summer.

It’s okay.  I’ve made peace with it.

See y’all!

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2 Comments on A Recipe and a List

  1. HoodMama
    July 9, 2010 at 9:57 am (8 years ago)

    I LOVE lettuce wraps! I’m totally trying this! I’m with you, friend, I’ve been far busier this summer than I ever imagined I would be. Ugh. I’m tired.

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  2. Leslie Ruth Petree
    July 12, 2010 at 7:10 pm (8 years ago)

    Made these tonight! OH MY WORD. I got a high five from Jason and a request to put it on the repeat list. High praise indeed! The only snafu was that I didn’t realize we were out of teriyaki sauce, so I made my own. Does that win me the Betty Housewife of the Week award?

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