Easy Baked Fish

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by Laura

Fish! I grew up eating these little swimmers because my dad went fishing in the summer and we would eat what he caught.  But, Dad was in charge of making the fish with his special recipe and so I never really learned how.  

When we wanted to add a different protein to our meal line up I thought I would give a few fish recipes a try.  My requirements for making fish was an 1. easy recipe 2. delicious and 3. easy clean up afterwards.

So, here’s a great fish recipe, that our whole family gobbles up and takes me less than 20 minutes to make. 

Fish:

Preheat your oven to 425-but you should check the packaging on your fish just to make sure.  We eat tilapia and you can find it in most freezer sections.  Thawing the fish is pretty easy, I fill up the sink with cool water and put the fish, (still in their packaging), in the water for about an hour.  I figure about two/three filets per person because our kids ask for seconds and I love the leftovers from this meal.  

the ingredient line up

the ingredient line up

Rub:

While the oven is preheating, you’ll make a spice rub, (but more like a sprinkle).  Out of the ingredients above. 

spices

Your rub should look like this, and I like to triple the recipe so that it lasts me a few months.  

Parchment Paper please, because WHO wants to scrape gunk off a baking sheet?

Parchment Paper please, because WHO wants to scrape gunk off a baking sheet?

Bake:

Then you can take scissors and open the individual packages of fish, and lay them on a parchment paper lined rimmed baking sheet.  Parchment paper, is SUCH a good friend.  Anytime I’m baking something, wether roasted brussel sprouts, chocolate chip cookies, asparagus wrapped bacon, or these fish, I use parchment paper.  This means you don’t need to use ANY spray or oil on the pan, and clean up is throwing away the paper.  High Five Parchment Paper! 

If you don’t have any parchment paper, it’s ok to spray, olive oil, or coconut oil your baking sheet.  

Ok.  Put your fish filets on your parchment paper. They can get real cozy if you are making a lot of filets.  Then take 1/4ish tsp. of the rub and sprinkle it on your filet.  The amount may vary depending on how large your filets are or how much flavor your kids can handle…So start with 1/8 tsp. for your kids, and see how it goes from there.  

Bake your fish for 10 minutes, no need to flip or turn.  Again, check your package directions for baking temp and time depending on average size of your filets.  

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You’re fish will be done when you can put a fork in it, twist, and see it is white and flaky inside.  

Eat:

fish with avocado

We love to eat fish with black beans or rice.  See my EASY black bean recipe here.  Squeeze some lemon on it or grab some tarter sauce.  

fish tacos

 

I usually make a lot for leftovers.  I shred the fish in my kitchen aid, or with two forks, so they are ready for some fish taco lunch action! I love fish tacos with the beans, and avocado, but cabbage, cheese, pico de gallo, and thousand island dressing really put it over the top.  

spice rub container

I store the rub in a container, or a ziplock bag to make it easy for next time! 

Here’s the printable! 

 

Easy Baked Fish
Serves 4
This quick fish recipe is good for the whole family, easy on the budget and perfect for leftovers.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. Tilapia Filets (thawed)
  2. 3 Tablespoons Paprika
  3. 1 Tablespoon Onion Powder
  4. 1 teaspoon pepper
  5. 1 teaspoon thyme
  6. 1 teaspoon oregano
  7. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  8. 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  9. 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to fish package directions
  2. Mix spices and put in ziplock bag
  3. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly coat pan with olive or coconut oil
  4. Place each filet on paper and sprinkle each with 1/8-1/4 teaspoon of spices
  5. Bake as directed on packaging
Notes
  1. Great accompaniments are rice, black beans, avocado, and lemon.
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Kid Friendly 10 minute Black Beans

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by Laura

My experience with black beans gives me a scowley face.  These little guys entered my life as “automatic sides” at restaurants. I would take one bite and, YUCK here’s why:

  1.  They look like Oreo Baby Food.  Which is a totally exciting thought, until you eat them.
  2. They taste like you just grabbed a cumin scented candle and started chewing on it.  Waxy cumin.  NOT delicious.

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When Eric and I were making fajitas, I loved the beans at Chipotle so we tried to make them at home. We modified the recipe when we had kids. These beans are one of the easiest, least expensive, great meal fillers for our whole family.

Let’s start with ingredients.  Most of these you’ll have at home!

Black Bean Ingredients

Now I know there are some of you who soak your own beans, or do them in a crock pot, but I just don’t have time for that fun stuff.  So now let’s get to the directions.  

beans and garlic

In a pot, put in the Olive Oil and let it heat up on medium for a few minutes while you open your cans of beans.  I have tried LOTS of different beans and these, (Bush’s Reduced Sodium) are the ONLY ones I like.  I’ve tried expensive, generic, super cheap…this is the Holy Grail of Black Beans people. Give them a little drain while their still in the can, and prepare your garlic.  

Garlic gets done very quickly so BE CAREFUL not to burn it!

Garlic gets done very quickly so BE CAREFUL not to burn it!

When your oil is hot, lower your heat to medium-low and add in your garlic. Quickly stir it around so that it doesn’t burn: just about 30 seconds, and add the beans to prevent garlic burgage.  Did I mention DON’T BURN YOUR GARLIC!

spices

Add your spices and let meld for 9 minutes stirring occasionally to combine flavors.  

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Stir up those spices!

Feel free to add chili powder or increase the amount of spices if you want, but we leave that out for our kid’s sake.   

They are ready! 

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Now THESE beans look delicious!

We eat them with our favorite baked fish, on fajitas, on turkey burgers, in quesadillas, or with a whole chicken and mango!

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Perfect bite for Mom and Dad, and kids too!

Here’s the recipe, easy for you to print! 

Kid Friendly 10 Minute Black Beans
Serves 9
Delicious, and kid approved quick black beans.
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Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
9 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
9 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 Cans Bush's Reduced Sodium Black Beans
  2. 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  3. 3 cloves garlic
  4. 2 teaspoons cumin
  5. 2 teaspoons oregano
  6. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  7. 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  8. optional: chili powder, onion powder
Instructions
  1. Heat Olive Oil in pot on medium heat for 3 minutes.
  2. While oil is heating, open beans and drain in the can, prep garlic cloves.
  3. Reduce heat to medium low and add 3 garlic cloves stirring continuously for 10-30 seconds.
  4. Immediately pour in black beans to prevent garlic from burning.
  5. Add spices and stir. Heat through on low for 9 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Notes
  1. optional: chili powder, onion powder, cilantro
  2. These beans are great for fish, fajitas, quesadillas, and fried chicken with mango.
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How to have a Delightful Mother’s Day

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by Angela and Laura

Mother’s Day: an entire day devoted to honoring, rewarding, and reflecting on your role as an Amazing Mother, right? For many people the evening of Mother’s Day comes, and because of unmet expectations, there’s disappointment, argument, tears, and frustration in place of satisfaction and love. Who even came up with this holiday?

History

The history of Mother’s Day is kind of incredible, considering what it is today.

The American Mother’s Day goes back before the Civil War (1860’s).  Ann Jarvis helped start “Mother’s Day Work Clubs” to instruct local women to care for their children.  She also established “Mother’s Friendship Day” to reunite families divided by the war.  In the meantime other women were calling for mother’s days for various reasons: to promote world peace, to have a day for mothers and children to spend together, and a day to send penny postcards home.

Mother’s Day became official in the 1900s because of Anna Jarvis, the daughter of the aforementioned Ann Jarvis.  Anna thought there should be a day to honor the sacrifices mothers make on behalf of their children.  In May of 1908, one year after her own mother’s death, she launched the first Mother’s Day at a church and retail store in West Virginia.  Anna’s desire was that families would celebrate by attending church, visiting their mothers and wearing a white carnation, (Anna’s mother’s favorite flower).

Laura, her mama, and her baby.

Laura, her mama, and her baby.

After Mother’s Day became a national holiday the florists, card companies, and other business wanted to commercialize on the popularity.  Anna was disheartened and by 1920 she was so disgusted with the holiday that she denounced it, calling for people to stop purchases for Mother’s Day.  She hated that people used the name “Mother’s Day” for such commercial gains.  Eventually she lobbied to remove the holiday from the calendar.

Fascinating right?

Present Day Expectations and Reality

The magazines, movies, blogs, and social media posts would lead us to believe that anything less than royal treatment for mamas is insulting. They put bold font on you deserve nothing less.

Saturday night you can almost picture the following day! What better way to celebrate than starting the day off with a little sleeping in, followed by some breakfast in bed. You arrive into the main house to see your children all dressed and ready for the day, the house sparkling clean, and the kitchen immaculate.  Your husband hands you a gift certificate to the massage parlor and the car keys, and says, “take all the time that you need-I’ve got dinner under control”.

BUT

Kids often miss the memo that this is a day they are supposed to keep the house clean, not need anything extra, not argue with their siblings, sit sweetly and take an extra long nap! Husbands who work shifts might have to work on Mother’s Day, or your husband is a pastor and works EVERY Mother’s Day. Your kids get sick. Family get-togethers are stressful. What happens when you are feeling more discouraged then celebrated? This was not what you had in mind!

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Angela as a new Mom!

How  to Fight Discouragement for Delight

Put your trust into the Lord for your identity and contentment in your role of motherhood. He is best at understanding our disappointments, fears and worries, joys and even Mom guilt. He knows that mothering is a job with a LOT of responsibilities and emotions! He will give rest at the exact moment we need it. He sees the daily sacrifices that are made when no one else does.

So, Mother’s Day morning, pray and sit quietly for a few minutes sharing your heart and listening to His gentle response to you.

Zephaniah 3 :17 “The Lord your God is in your midst. A mighty one who will save; He will rejoice over you with delight; He will quiet you by His love; He will exult over you with loud singing”.

Be gracious to your husband. Communicate to him what your expectations are and work out an achievable, (this the key word) plan for the day and  for your Mother’s Day gift. Whether you keep it simple, or plan something you have been wanting to do for awhile- talk through it together. Thank your hubby for the efforts he puts into making you feel special. Even if it’s a small step. Communicate what he did right and good! Men like to be told what they did right, not being put down for not doing something good enough. Be careful not to make him feel inadequate or like a failure.

little Laura and her mama

little Laura and her mama

Keep in mind that the photos on Facebook and Instagram are just moments and not the whole of your friend’s day. If your Mother’s Day afternoon consists of kids crying, be careful not to jump to conclusions that all is happy and fairy tale land in every other home but yours!

What COULD you do

Reflect on your past year as a mother. Write down times you have cherished, times you have wept, where you’ve improved, where you can still grow.

Enjoy your children exactly where they are at today. Don’t compare them to others or wish they were younger or older than they are. Be reminded that at every age and stage there are things you will love and things you will be glad will pass. They are growing and learning. You are growing and learning.

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Love them at every age and every stage!

Help your friend who is a single Mom and take her kids shopping to pick out a gift to give their Mom. Invite other families who don’t have relatives in town to share in a meal or dessert to celebrate together! Write a card or  text a special women in your life who has encouraged you like a Mother would or inspired you in your role as Mom.

Remember that YOU have a mom too.  Send her a card, even if it will get there late.  Call her and remind her of a way you are thankful for her sacrifice.

As you fight for delight and not discouragement this Mother’s Day, be a thankful representative of Motherhood to your family, your friends, and even your social media.  We wish you a delightful day Mothers! We love you and are with you!!

 

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