Today is day one of my cooking school for guys. I keep hearing- “I don’t have time to cook” and “I don’t know how to cook”, from the fellas I know. The emphasis on my cooking 101 school for guys will be either fast (under 20 minutes) and healthy or easy and very guy pleasing. All of the recipes will be quite health conscious (well there will be plenty of bacon) and incorporate whole foods and plenty of protein that can be easily purchased. Stay tuned this weekend for the best meatloaf sandwich in the world. Today we start with quick and healthy. Ricotta & Basil Battered Fish with Baby Carrots and Lemon Parmesan Broccoli.
serves 4 (you can half the recipe of course!)
Prep time- 10 minutes
Cooking time- 5 minutes
2 large eggs
5 Tbsp low-fat ricotta
1/2 cup finely chopped basil
salt & fresh ground pepper to taste
1 pound Broccoli pieces washed
8 ounces baby carrots, washed
1 Tbsp olive oil mixed with 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp grated parmesan
Olive oil or vegetable oil for frying
1 1/2 pounds tilapia fillets, cut in half lengthwise
1. Whisk together the eggs, ricotta and basil to make a batter. season with salt and pepper, set aside
2. Steam your baby carrots and broccoli until just tender. Next, heat a non-stick pan on med heat, throw your broccoli in the pan when it is warm and toss with the olive oil/lemon mixture. Cook for about a minute, add Parmesan and toss to finish, plate with steamed carrots
3. Heat a Tbsp or two of oil in a non stick pan over medium/high heat. Dunk your fish fillets in your batter and place in hot oil in pan. Work in batches if your pan is small. Cook about 2 minutes per side (or until golden). Flip, cook another minute or two until you get a nice browning and remove to drain on paper towel.
4. Serve it up with lemon wedges and enjoy. Sorry, you will still need to tidy the dishes after.