Herb and Panko Crusted Tilapia

Soooooo, the past few months have been full of KU Basketball, work and lots of baking! Now that spring is here, I have been taking every opportunity to be outside and make fresh and easy meals! I love cooking fish because its quick to prepare. This herb and panko crusted tilapia takes less than 10 minutes to prep and about 15 to bake!

Herb and Panko Crusted Tilapia

1/4 cup chopped fresh herbs ( I used cilantro, dill and chives, but you can use whatever fresh herbs you have on hand)
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
2 cloves minced garlic
Salt & Pepper
Lemon Juice
2- 3 oz tilapia filets

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix herbs, panko, garlic salt and pepper in a bowl. Place tilapia in bowl and cover fish with crust. Drizzle olive oil in a baking dish and place fish in dish. Bake for 15 minutes or until fish is cooked.

I had small filets so it didn’t take long to cook. After baking, drizzle with lemon juice and serve! I like to serve it with roasted asparagus with lemon and garlic.

Roasted Asparagus with Lemon and Garlic

This is my favorite go to veggie when asparagus is in season!

1 bunch asparagus, cleaned and trimmed
zest and juice from one lemon
2 cloves minced garlic
2 tbsp olive oil
salt & pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Toss asparagus in lemon juice, zest, garlic, olive oil, and salt and pepper. Roast for 20 minutes or until tender.

This is one of the many reasons why I love spring!!

Sesame Glazed Salmon

So if you remember a post from last summer, I had a family of caterpillars who enjoyed eating my cilantro and parsley and somehow they found my new place! I felt so guilty to move them, so I cut what I needed and let them enjoy their parsley in peace.

This is a spin on a previous recipe I posted last summer Here. These noodles are so light their great for a summer day (especially when your air conditioning isn’t working!!) The salmon is quick to prepare so you can have dinner in minutes!

Cold Sesame Noodles
1 red bell pepper, diced
2 green onions, sliced
1/2 bunch parsley
1 tbsp sesame seeds
1 head broccoli, cut and blanched
1 lb whole wheat spaghetti (I have also used Somen noodles, and they are excellent too.)

-For the Sauce-
1/2 cup sesame oil
2/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
4 tbsp black vinegar
2 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp samba olek

Cook noodles, rinse and drain. Mix up sauce and save 4 tbsp for salmon. Combine 1/2 of sauce with noodles and veggies and pop in the fridge to cool. Toss remaining sauce with noodles before serving. Top with salmon and enjoy!

Obviously this is a big batch of noodles, but now I have lunch all week! Sometimes I top with grilled steak or shrimp.

Sesame Glazed Salmon
4 oz salmon filet
4 tbsp of sesame vinaigrette 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Brush salmon with 2 tbsp of sauce and bake for 8 minutes, brushing with sauce half way through.