Thursday, March 4, 2010

Tilapia Stuffed with Crabmeat

Some people think when you eat healthy the food has no flavor and you are not satisfied with what you are eating and you feel deprived. I choose not to eat bread, rice, pasta, potatoes, and sugar. The food I put on my table is very tasty and I do not crave the unhealthy things that used to be in my diet.

I have learned I can change a recipe to make it healthier. Once you learn how to do this the sky is really the limit on what you eat. I experiment in the kitchen all the time converting recipes and I urge you to do the same. One of my favorite recipes is fish stuffed with crabmeat or shrimp. I will share a recipe with you that has no breading and is an explosion of flavor in every bite.

Tilapia stuffed with Crabmeat


• 4 large pieces of Tilapia (you can substitute your favorite white fish)
• Crabmeat (found in the seafood department in a can. It is not the imitation crabmeat but the lump crabmeat or the crabmeat from the claw. Using the real crabmeat does make a difference in this recipe).
• 1 jar sun dried tomatoes (drained and patted dry)
• 8 oz Low fat mozzarella cheese
• 2 Slices low fat provolone cheese
• 1 Vidalia onion (Diced)
• 1 Red Bell Pepper (Diced)
• 1 bunch of green onion (finely chopped)
• 2 shallots (Diced)
• 5 cloves of fresh garlic (finely minced)
• 1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
• 2 tbs. Olive Oil
• Fresh Lemon


Position rack in center of oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a glass baking dish with Pam and set aside.

In a medium skillet, add the olive oil, and when hot, add the onion, garlic, red bell pepper, green onions, shallots and sauté, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside. Drain crabmeat and pour into a bowl add the sautéed vegetables and also the mozzarella cheese and Italian seasoning, mix together and set aside.

Place 2 pieces of the tilapia in the glass dish that has been sprayed with Pam and season it with salt and black pepper. Divide the crab stuffing evenly among the 2 pieces of tilapia and place the other 2 pieces of tilapia on top. Squeeze half of the lemon over fish and salt and pepper. Place the baking dish in the oven and bake until the fish is just cooked through, about 25 to 30 minutes. Take out add once slice each of provolone cheese and place back into the oven until cheese melts.

When the fish is done, remove it from the oven and divide each fish into portions and transfer to serving plates and add a slice of lemon on the side. This entre is great with a salad or fresh spinach sautéed in olive oil with fresh garlic.

So, you see you have a very tasty healthy meal without the fillers of bread or bread crumbs. If you would like to cut the calories even more you can use fat free cheese. I hope you enjoy it!

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