Baked Tilapia en Papillote

Well what do you know, it’s a recipe and not kid spam.

I used to make this recipe weekly, I have no excuse why I stopped. It’s now being put back on rotation because it’s so good and SO easy. I was able to prepare this with one kid whining at my feet about how she was starving while simultaneously feeding a whiny baby. Plus, there is no real clean up, which will make the husbands very happy.

2 Tbs  fresh ginger, finely chopped or grated
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
2 green onions (green part only), finely chopped
Serrano chile to taste
1 cup finely chopped cilantro
2 Tbs olive oil
Dash of toasted sesame oil
Dash of soy sauce
Dash of fish sauce
4 tsp dark maple syrup

4 Tilapia filets, seasoned with salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400°F. Combine all topping (first 10 ingredients) in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste

Prepare 4 sheets of parchment paper by folding each sheet in half and placing a tilapia fillet centered onto one side of the fold of each sheet. Divide topping evenly among them, spreading it over the top.

IMG_0863 IMG_0866 Roll up the sides of the paper first, then the top, leaving 1/2-inch space along one edge; fold to seal.


Place in oven and bake 20-25 minutes.


*Recipe adapted from Self Magazine


Green Pancakes

One of the women in my mom’s group made these for a playdate. She told me the ingredients and jotted them down in my head, promising to make them on St. Patricks day. A great way to get a dose of spinach in the kid without her even knowing.
I should have made them on Sunday because Monday’s are rough. I never sleep well, Shane is out the door super early and Kaili always seems wakes me an hour after I have finally fallen back to sleep. This morning I managed to put 2 feet on the floor and drag myself to the kitchen to make them, you know to keep up my appearance of mom of the year.

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St. Patricks day was a good excuse as any to make these, it made more sense then on a random Tuesday, although I can see doing that too. Also, can we please shout from the rooftops that if people are so inclined to shorten the name of this Irish holiday that they do so correctly. It is St. Paddy’s day, not St. Patty’s day! Patty is a woman or something between two pieces of bread, not a day.

Green Pancakes 

2 cups flour, white, whole wheat flour  or whatever you fancy.

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp salt

2 cups milk

2 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1 TBS maple syrup, the real stuff.

2 cups packed baby spinach leaves

3 TBS melted butter

Pam, or coconut oil spray for pan.

Preheat a griddle or non stick pan to medium heat.

Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl.

In a *blender or magic bullet combine the milk, eggs, vanilla, maple syrup, spinach and melted butter until completely smooth.

Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.

Spray pan with oil and spoon about ¼ cup of batter onto the pan.  When bubbles start to form on the surface of the pancake and the edges become slightly dry, flip it over and cook until down.

* I used my magic bullet and it worked great.