Thursday, September 22, 2011

Ranch Baked Tilapia

I had found this recipe on Linda's website http://www.genaw.com/ and thought this was an interesting recipe to try. I never thought to use ranch dressing to coat the fish, although I have heard of using mayonnaise. The dressing and parmesan cheese gave the fish a great mild flavor. I thought it was going to have an overpowering taste of ranch dressing but it did not. It is amazing how using only a few ingredients will allow something to taste sooo good. You definitely do not need to add any salt because the ranch dressing and parmesan cheese both have enough salt in them so that none is needed. I decided to add black pepper and a little bit of basil. The fish came out wonderful! The hubby even approved! Enjoy the recipe!


This is Linda's Ranch Baked Tilapia. Her photo looks so much better than mine. Doesn't that look delicious!


The fillets with ranch dressing spread on it before being cooked.


Then sprinkle the parmesan cheese, black pepper, and basil over the top. Now it is ready to go in the oven!


This is my photo of four fillets piled on top of each other straight from the oven. I used less dressing and parmesan cheese than Linda to fit the Medifast plan, but the taste was still very good!


Ranch Baked Tilapia
Slightly adapted from Linda's Low Carb Recipes

Ingredients:
10 oz tilapia filets, thawed - should yield 7 oz cooked (1 Lean) 
1/4 cup light ranch dressing (2 Healthy Fats)
2 tbsp reduced fat parmesan cheese, grated, (2 Condiments)
1/8 tsp black pepper (1/4 Condiment)
1/4 tsp basil (1/4 Condiment)

Directions:
Place fish on a metal cookie sheet lined with non-stick foil. Spread 2 tbsp of ranch dressing on top of the fish fillets. Turn the fillets over and spread the remaining 2 tbsp of dressing evenly on the other side. Sprinkle with the parmesan cheese. Bake at 425º 15-20 minutes or until the fish is done. If the top needs browning put the baking pan under the broiler for a few minutes until nice and brown. I broiled mine for 4 minutes. Don't put the pan too close to the broiler element or the cheese will burn. I kept my pan on the middle rack for the baking as well as the broiling.

1 serving with 1 Lean, 2.5 Condiments and 2 Healthy Fats per serving


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