Good Morning, Friends :)
Yesterday wasn’t such a good day for me. I actually had to take a half day at work because I was feeling so bad. :( My stomach was KILLING me & I was hunched over all morning…because I was in so much pain. I really didn’t want to take anytime off because of all of the time that I am taking off for the wedding. But I was hurting so bad that I had to go. I’m really lucky that my boss understands about all of the Crohn’s disease issues. He didn’t even question when I asked to leave, he just told me to go home. I think he could tell that I just wasn’t myself the whole morning. Normally I am really chatty & quite the jokester, but yesterday morning I just sat quietly at my desk no saying much.
So yesterday afternoon was spent just relaxing. I left work at 12:30pm & came straight home & went to lay down. I went right to sleep, but then woke up around 2pm because my stomach was screaming- it was hungry! I didn’t eat breakfast yesterday because I really did not feel like eating anything. Luckily I was able to eat a big salad & some animal crackers :) Animal crackers always do the body good ;)
I’m feeling much better this morning…thank goodness! I think the Crohn’s might be acting up a bit more lately because of the wedding coming up. I think it’s just the added stress that comes with planning a wedding. I don’t feel stressed, but I am ALWAYS thinking about wedding stuff. Wedding brain for sure! I just want to make sure everything goes exactly as planned & that everyone has a good time.
Anyways, I figure I would share with you a recipe that I tried recently. A ‘Jessica recipe’ has not been on the blog lately, so I had to fix that ;) I noticed that Tilapia was on sale at Publix for $5.99 a pound- hard to beat!! So I figure I would pick some up & try a new recipe.
Of course I headed straight to Jess’ blog to find the perfect recipe to use these filets in. I never fear that I won’t be able to find a dinner idea on Jessica’s blog…she has the best recipes! (But, DUH! You already knew that ;) )
I decided on the ‘Healthy Homemade Fish Sticks’ Recipe. I used to LOVE fish sticks growing up. It was one of my absolute favorite meals. I think just my Dad & I really liked them, my Mom & sisters thought they were disgusting. Thankfully they would sacrifice their taste buds a few times a year for our love of fish sticks :)
I have to tell you, Jessica’s fish sticks are EVEN better than Gorton’s fish sticks….and they are known for their fish sticks. I think the reason that I loved Jessica’s recipe so much is that they had such a nice crunch to them. Most of the time it’s hard to get that perfect crunch…but I think the panko crumbs + a spritz of olive oil did the trick. Jess is genius I tell ya, genius :D
I have copied the recipe from her blog, & added a few changes to it- so just click on the link to get the original recipe!
Healthy Homemade Fish Sticks
makes 12 fish sticks
3 tilapia filets (I’m sure you can use another fish too)
2 egg whites, beaten
1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
dash of cayenne pepper
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 450.
Lay a wire rack on a baking sheet and spray it with non-stick spray.
Cut the tilapia once down the middle, then in half, creating four “sticks.”
Season with salt and pepper. In a bowl, beat the 2 egg whites. In a separate bowl, add the panko, seasoned salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, Old Bay, cayenne pepper and parmesan cheese. Dip each fish stick in egg whites, then in the panko mixture, pressing to adhere. Lay on the wire rack and spritz with olive oil. (<–that is KEY** you must spray them with the olive oil, makes them so crunchy!!)
Bake for 10 minutes, then flip and bake for 10 more minutes. Serve hot!
How gooooood do they look?! They tasted just as good as they look! That PERFECT golden brown color..mmmmmm!
All of those veggies were in honor of Jessica…I know how much she just LOVES veggies!! …I am totally kidding ;)
Tasty, healthy, filling meal :D
Something Borrowed!! I want to read the book before the movie comes out early next month.
Have you read Something Borrowed yet? Did you like it, if you did read it?
What is your favorite type of fish? Mine is definitely mahi mahi! Yum!
What are your favorite types of roasted veggies?? I really can’t narrow it down, I pretty much like them ALL roasted…well, except brussel sprouts..but that’s because I have never tried them roasted. It’s only because I always hated them, but I hear they taste totally different if they are roasted.
Catch up with you later :) Enjoy your day!
PS: It’s ONE MONTH today until I’m going to be a MRS. !!! :D :D :D
PSS: It’s someone’s BIRTHDAY today– go wish Julie a very Happy Birthday!! :D