Monday, February 27, 2012

Pinterest & Recipes….

I LOVE Pinterest. The online “pin-board” is genius. It’s definitely the go-to site now for inspiration for ANYTHING… parties, recipes, decorating, excercising, and the list goes on…

I’ve had a couple of bad experiences with recipe-pins-gone-wrong, but for the most part, all the new things I’ve tried have been REALLY good!

The biggest flop of all was this Banana-Chocolate smoothie. The pictures looked like the color and texture of a Wendy’s frosty.


(photo via Pinterest)

ANd while I am not even a big banana fan, I thought that if it looked like a Frosty, I might be a fan afterall. I had a bad feeling when I saw how much cocoa this recipe called for, but I followed it anyway.

Here’s what the description/directions read:

“Frozen banana, plus 2 tbsp cocoa powder, and blend until smooth and creamy. Dairy-free, 110 calories!!”

Looked and sounded good. Especially when the person said it was “Delish”…  I froze my banana, added my cocoa, blended and OH MY GOSH- YUCK. It looked like----well, I am not even going to say what it looked like. I will tell you it was dark brown and the texture was not creamy at all. It was more along the lines of runny. Against my better judgment, (and going totally against my normal character) I even TASTED it. Eck. It was TERRIBLE. Total flop.

So girls, I warn you, if you have pinned this one, DON’T try it. :)

I also heard that the Jalapeno Popper stuffed chicken is a flop, too. I had pinned that one, but had a friend post of Facebook that it wasn’t good, so glad I didn’t waste my time on that one, too.

Since I can always use new recipes and ideas for dinner, I thought maybe yall could, too. So I’m going to post some of my Pinterest successes this week.

The first is:

This Parmesan Tilapia recipe. I should pre-face this by saying while I am a seafood lover, I don’t really like FISH. Especially not fishy-fish. If it’s a flaky white fish, I can do it, otherwise, count me out. I hadn’t ever tried tilapia before, but knew it fit in the flaky-white category, so after seeing this recipe, I gave it a try. It was  really pretty good and is a great option for when we’re trying to cook/eat a little healthier. :)  DSC_1086


3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons paprika
1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley
4 tilapia fillets (about 1 pound total)
1 lemon, cut into wedges
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees . In a shallow dish, combine the cheese with the paprika and parsley and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle the fish with olive oil and dredge in the cheese mixture. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake until the fish is opaque in the thickest part, 10 to 12 minutes. Serve the fish with the lemon wedges.

For all our married life, I have mainly cooked the same things, so DW gets excited when I make something new. This week we will be trying skillet roasted asparagus. We’ll see if he’s still excited to try something new after that one. Ha. :)



Hines House said...
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Hines House said...

Okay, so I tried the smoothie and like it. However, Braley and I LOVE us a good banana. I added a little milk to mine to thin it out.

SaraBeth said...

I am so glad you have had pinterest success. As you saw yesterday, I have not. I think I am just too impatient:) I don't like fish either, but I printed this post and I'm gonna try it.

Immeasurably More Mama said...

I don't like fishy fish either! Tilapia is the only fish I will eat so I need to try this recipe. My favorite way to prepare it is not as healthy...pecan-crusted! :)