Seasoned Tilapia

Hi O.

So a few nights before I left for college my mom and I made this delicious tilapia.
IMG_1484We made some fried rice by sautéing some vegetables and in the rice and some spices. She made this yummy and simple side of Mandarin oranges, almond  topping, and Asian dressing to give the dish a nice twist. For the tilapia we just put that on a pan with some olive oil and added all the spices we want which included seasoned salts, cayenne pepper, onion powder…really all of this is just to taste. So fast and simple!

 

-Love J ❤

 

Zombie Cake Pops

Hey O! So as you know, it’s my second year of college and I just moved in as a Resident Assistant into the dorms. We had a bunch of training and then 40 of my little munchkin freshmen moved in. I made our floor theme Despicable Me minions brightening up their worlds by telling them “You are one in a Minion”! The entire dorm’s orientation theme was zombies so we had a lot of fun with that. And just so happens that both of my roommates had birthdays 2 days apart as well as 2 other birthdays on the floor, so I decided to treat them with cake pops!

Ingredients:
1 box cake mix (I used chocolate cake mix!)
Eggs, water and oil for the cake
1 can of frosting (I used Betty Crocker Cream Cheese frosting)
25-35 cake pop sticks
White chocolate chips or Candy Melts (these work better) (at least 24 oz)

1. Bake your cake according to the box. Remove from oven and cool completely.
2. Once cake is COMPLETELY cooled, crumble it up. Just mash it up with your hands.
3. Add 3/4 container of frosting of your choice. Don’t use too much frosting or the cake pops will be too wet.
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4. Combine the frosting and the cake crumbs with your hands.
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5. Next you want to make the actual cake balls. After you scoop the cake, roll them in your hand until they are complete round balls.
6. Carefully melt about 1/4 cup of white chocolate on the stove and add a tablespoon of oil. 
7. Take one cake pop stick and dip the very end in the white chocolate and then stick into the cake ball. Repeat with all the cake balls. Put the cake pops into the freezer to set for 30 minutes.

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9. While the cake pops are chilling, melt and color the rest of the white chocolate and add food coloring.
10. Remove the cake pops from the freezer. Dip into the white chocolate until complete covered.
11. You can either set the cake pops on a wax paper lined tray to harden or devise some type of container to keep them upright to keep the completely round shape.
12. Let the cake pops set out until hardened.
13. To add a fancy flair, I sprinkled some with the blue sugar sprinkles.

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Lettuce Wrapped Cayenne-Rubbed Thai Chicken with Avocado Salsa

Hey O. A few nights ago I made this dish and I’ve got to say it’s been my best dish yet. It had so many flavors that just came together all in one wrap. The name kind of encompasses what it was but here’s the ingredients and recipe!

Cayenne-Rubbed Thai Chicken:

·     2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced crosswise

·     Spicy Asian Dressing (used Trader Joes, Asian style Spicy Peanut Vinaigrette)

·     Coarse salt and ground pepper

·     1-2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

·     2 tablespoons olive oil

·     1 large onion, halved and thinly sliced

·     1 red/yellow bell pepper, ribs and seeds removed, thinly sliced

·     3 cloves garlic, minced

·     2-3 teaspoons grated peeled fresh ginger

·     1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes

Place chicken, cayenne pepper, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and ¼ cup dressing in a resealable plastic bag refrigerate overnight.

In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over high heat. Add half the chicken; cook, stirring constantly, until opaque throughout, 2 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with remaining chicken.

Add remaining tablespoon oil to pan, along with the onion and bell pepper. Reduce heat to medium; add garlic, ginger, and red-pepper flakes; cook, stirring, until fragrant, 30 to 60 seconds.

Serve in lettuce cups.

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Topping:

·         1 medium red onion, finely diced

·         2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

·         1 Hass avocado, pitted and cut into chunks

·         Chopped peanuts

In a medium bowl, combine onion and lime juice; set aside. Just before serving, fold avocado chunks into onion mixture; season with salt and pepper. Serve chicken topped with salsa. Drizzle extra dressing to taste!

I served this with a side of roasted potates (in oregano, thyme, olive oil, and salt and pepper)

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