I Can Be Healthy!

One of my co-workers commented that I only feature sugary sweets on my blog. Well, I thumb my nose at that comment with this post! Ha! Just kidding…

Last night, I made a quick and simple dinner of panko bread crumb and Parmesan cheese crusted tilapia fillets under the broiler with a side dish of Parmesan topped mixed steamed vegetables. Notice the lack of bread or potato on the plate? That was on purpose. I made sure to make half of the plate the tilapia fillet and the other half steamed veggies.

I will admit that this was my first experience making anything with panko bread crumbs, so I don’t know if I let the crumbs brown enough. I pulled the tilapia out of the oven after five minutes so that it wouldn’t dry out. I’m wondering what else I could make with panko bread crumbs. Whatever I do find, I’ll try and make it on the healthier side!

30 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Shanae Branham
    Mar 09, 2011 @ 13:36:15

    I liked the part where you thumbed your nose up the best! Cute!!! You must have a fun sense of humor. This Salmon looks delicious! Thank you for stopping by my blog. I appreciate your support and am glad you like the concept of my blog. I look forward to hearing from you again sometime.

  2. Ronda
    Mar 09, 2011 @ 14:01:13

    You go! There are days when I feel like all I do is bake too. (I love that plate by the way.)

  3. GPL
    Mar 09, 2011 @ 14:52:26

    Nice! Very good of you to make something healthy, BRAVO!

    I think healthy cooking can be fun and challenging since it can take more creativity to get the good flavors to come out in the foods.

    Looking forward to more of these!

  4. chefpandita
    Mar 09, 2011 @ 14:57:08

    That looks like something I would eat for lunch or dinner any day!
    I love panko breadcrumbs. Makes oven-frying so easy and delicious🙂 I usually prepare fish this way: season the fish fillet with salt and pepper, cover with AP flour and shake excess, then pass it through a beaten egg or just egg whites, and finally the panko seasoned with herbs, pepper, spices, etc. then let the oven do its magic. This works beautifully with pounded chicken breast.

  5. Cher
    Mar 09, 2011 @ 15:00:35

    You are too funny! Panko makes a great topping for gratins, etc. – as well as a good alternative coating for chicken, fish, etc.

  6. Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls
    Mar 09, 2011 @ 15:04:51

    Haha, I love that you caannn be healthy😉 Story of my life!

    This sounds wonderful! Bookmarked!

    Great blog; happy I found you!

    Mary xx
    Delightful Bitefuls

  7. RadioDiva
    Mar 09, 2011 @ 15:25:47

    Now that you’ve offically done a “Healthy Choice” blog…
    You may now return to our regularly scheduled Sugary-Goodness/Salty Savoriness/Food porn blog. We are going thru withdrawals.
    Your fans Thank you.
    =)

  8. Louise
    Mar 09, 2011 @ 16:25:06

    Just popped in from Chaya’s blog and it looks like I picked the perfect time. Your tilapia looks delicious!

    Thank you so much for sharing…

  9. Ronda
    Mar 09, 2011 @ 16:30:31

    I just saw Nigella on the Cooking Channel and it made me think of this post! She was cooking all healthy food. It is the one where she makes spinach salad and here anti-oxidant salad. It just made me giggle how similar it was!

  10. Mary
    Mar 09, 2011 @ 18:20:25

    That looks like a really lovely meal. The tilapia looks extraordinarily good. I hope you have a grear evening. Blessings…Mary

  11. Chunklet's Mom
    Mar 09, 2011 @ 18:53:23

    I love panko bread crumbs. I use them when I make pork catsu. I thought about using them on fish. This looks delicious!

  12. ryan
    Mar 09, 2011 @ 19:30:31

    Haaa, you showed them!😉 That looks really delicious! I love panko bread crumbs and it looks like you cooked the tilapia to perfection- so nice and crunchy! The veggies look great too. Yummy!

  13. angela
    Mar 09, 2011 @ 19:54:38

    Yum. I haven’t tried Panko yet, but I have heard great things about them. Your dish looks excellent.

  14. Serene
    Mar 09, 2011 @ 20:22:16

    I’ll have your share of potatoes, if you’re just giving them away.😉

  15. Kim - Liv Life
    Mar 09, 2011 @ 21:09:20

    I love panko!! Your fish looks like you did it just perfectly, and nice job on the 1/2 and 1/2… I need to try to do more of that myself. Nicely done!

  16. Ker-Yng
    Mar 09, 2011 @ 21:32:18

    You can use panko in place of regular bread crumbs in (almost?) all recipes that call for bread crumbs. Of course, you can search for Japanese recipes for full use of your panko. Japanese croquettes?🙂

  17. Jessica
    Mar 09, 2011 @ 22:27:29

    Healthy is good too, but sweets are more interesting because they supposed to be eaten in moderation. Nice veggies with Parmesan and panko bread crumbs. Can you tell the difference between that and regular bread crumbs?

  18. Anita Menon
    Mar 10, 2011 @ 00:21:58

    I always feel why do we have to suffer through the other boring courses to get to the best part of the meal – Dessert. But like you said, desserts can NOT always be healthy. It is lovely that you made a meal that not only sounded healthy but looked so good too. This goes down in my little red book of recipes.

    Thanks for sharing

  19. Cakelaw
    Mar 10, 2011 @ 02:12:36

    LOL – I have got the same comment from time to time. This fish sounds both healthy and delicious.

  20. Anita Menon
    Mar 10, 2011 @ 03:44:33

  21. erica@fashionmeetsfood
    Mar 10, 2011 @ 07:52:10

    Wow this looks amazing. i have been eating more fish lately so I am definitely going to try this the next time I make cod!

    xo

  22. Parsley Sage
    Mar 10, 2011 @ 08:01:10

    I too am a panko newbie! This looks delicious tho. Right up my alley. Thanks for sharing!

  23. claire
    Mar 10, 2011 @ 09:14:40

    um… delish!

    as you can tell from my blog (and recent post) I am not the healthiest- I would love to incorporate more fish into my diet but alwasy struggle on how to prepare it… Looks amazing!

  24. BumbleVee
    Mar 10, 2011 @ 11:19:39

    I made Basa last night … it was lying on a bed of Chinese cabbage…. finished in the oven after being browned in hot butter…. very yummy…..

    ……………..right after I baked some strawberry muffins…. cuz I bought two little containers on sale…… don’t dare waste even one strawberry at winter prices….

  25. curtorimfoodieszone
    Mar 10, 2011 @ 13:08:02

    Yummy C ,i totally love ur cute sense if humor.
    Oh i love this healthy option , we do put fish and thinly sliced fillets(white meats) under the broiler too , qucik healthy grilled kind of food:-)
    And with the veggies u have a complete meal.
    I have used panko a few times and i remember i did for shrimps once , lightly marinated with salt , garlic ,pepper and they were so good.
    Mia.

  26. Cakewhiz
    Mar 10, 2011 @ 14:23:08

    One can never have too many sweet recipes😛
    but, i like this savory recipe too. it’s healthy and uses panko bread crumbs which i have never used. so, i am adding it to my “try soon” list… hehe

  27. Andrew
    Mar 10, 2011 @ 23:23:34

    That looks like a good recipe, it’s been a while since I had talapia. We usually steam our vegetables also.

  28. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit
    Mar 11, 2011 @ 00:14:14

    This looks great- healthy and delicious! I love the crunch of panko crumbs.:)

  29. Elaine
    Mar 12, 2011 @ 08:15:53

    I really like panko bread crumbs – it gives such a lovely, lighter texture. Your dish looks so healthy and good!

  30. Quay Po Cooks
    Apr 01, 2011 @ 07:43:51

    Looks like you use the panko crumbs well:D. A beautiful healthy dish.

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