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Tilapia in a Lemon Dill Sauce
With Brown Rice Risotto In a Garlic Basil Sauce and a Baked Potato

Tilapia is the poor man’s fish and myself being a poor man on occasion will resort to this thrift of the sea.  At 2.99lb you cant go wrong.  By itself tilapia is a far from a tasty fish but accompanied with this Lemon Dill Sauce it is rather scrumptious.  You know a cut of tilapia to the untrained eye looks a bit like cat fish so one could fool unknowing guests and they will think pure elegance while eating smut.

Cost: 8.75 including sides
Feeds about four people


Ingredient List:

  • Tilapia – 4 4oz pieces
  • Lemon Juice – 1 cup
  • Dill Leaves – 2oz (Dry)
  • Olive Oil – 3 Table spoons
  • Garlic – 1 ½ Clove (minced)
  • Salt  – 2 Tea Spoons
  • Pepper – 2 Tea Spoons
  • Butter – 8 oz
  • Corn Starch – 4 oz


Step 1: Marinate Tilapia – In a small mixing bowl combine ¼ cup of Lemon Juice and/or squeezed lemons, ½ table spoon of Dill Leaves, 1 table spoon of Olive Oil, ½ clove of Garlic, Salt, Pepper and stir together.  Lay tilapia pieces in a baking pan large enough to accommodate and pour contents of mixing bowl over pieces making sure to cover both sides. Bake in oven at 350 for around ten to fifteen minutes.


Step 2: Make Lemon Dill Sauce – In a small saucepot melt butter (8oz).  When melted combine Lemon Juice (1/2 cup) , Dill Leaves (2 oz), Olive Oil (2 table spoons), Garlic (1 clove), Salt (1 teaspoon), Pepper (1 teaspoon) and bring to a boil.  Let boil for three minutes and stir constantly


Step 3: Create a Slurry To Thicken Sauce – Bring down the flame to low. Take 4 oz of cornstarch and put it in just enough cool water to dissolve it.  When corn starch is dissolved stir it into sauce.  Turn off heat and stir.  As sauce cools it will get thicker as a result of the slurry.

Step 4: Serve – Pour sauce over cooked Tilapia.



Baked Potato: Take a russet potato and wash it.  Bake in preheated oven 375 F for around 45 minutes till soft.

Brown Rice Risotto in a Garlic Basil Sauce

Your finished fish.

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Baked Potato

I know it seems like a really simple one but still something I think is worth a few moments to review considering the baked potato is not only a staple side dish in American Cuisine but also in many recipes a key starting ingredient.  So I thought I would share my thoughts on this simple yet tasty subject.

Total Cost: $.10
Feeds 1 person per potato

Ingredient List

  • Russet Potato
  • Salt – Pinch
  • Pepper – Pinch
  • Olive Oil

Step 1: Wash Potato – Personally I feel that Russet Potatoes make the best baked potato based on size and density, but you can bake any type of potato you wish although the times will be either longer or shorter depending.  Yams or sweet potatoes will be longer, while red or yellow potatoes will be a little bit shorter.  Before using any vegetable one must always wash it thoroughly.

Step 2: Prep for cooking – With a fork poke holes around entire potato to allow it to get some air to the center.  Next rub olive oil over entire outside surface.  Sprinkle on some salt and pepper

Step 3: Bake – Preheat Oven to 350, place potato in a roasting pan.  Let roast for 45-55 minutes.  Potato should be soft to squeeze if done.

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