Monday, December 8, 2014

Parmesan Pesto Broiled Fish

Welcome to a brand new week!  

Hope that your weekend was fabulous and you are re-charged for a new week!

Mine was a great combination of all of the wonderful things in my life!  

Friday night was our annual mom's Christmas shopping adventure, 
which is one of the best gifts in itself, to just have time together!  

In general, we are a pretty low key group, so the fact that we didn't get home until midnight 
speaks volumes about this tradition.  

Good clean fun and lots of laughter!  

The kids formed an assembly line on Saturday to help me with Christmas cards.  
They excitedly stuffed, stamped and labeled the envelopes, 
but no one was willing to seal, so that job came back to me.  

It was so great to see them all smiling and working together,
 even as they called 'switch' to change tasks. 

Another weekend highlight included the Nutcracker collection display at Milton College, 
where we saw a friend's collection along with a couple of the kids' classmates.  

It was also super cool to check out a bit of Milton College, 
something I had only seen or heard of from afar. 

Saturday was also a beautiful winter evening for the Janesville Jolly Jingle Holiday Lights Parade.  

To the best of my knowledge, this was Janesville's first holiday parade and 
we can't wait to see this grow!  

We were excited to check out the holiday events that were planned and 
see lots of familiar faces along the way.  

The flat tire when we got back to the car, however, was not part of our evening plans! 

While the tire was being changed, Alayna and I brainstormed the silver linings, 
including that we were with some wonderful friends who came to the rescue.  

He helped Jerry put on the spare while she dropped off another friend, scoped out dinner spots and ultimately picked up pizza to just hang out at home.  

Just can't complain about those little bumps in the road, when blessings are so abundant!

Now, here we are, back at the start again with another week of meals ahead of us.  

This broiled fish recipe was a huge hit with my whole family!  

The creaminess of the sauce along with the crispness of the cheese was a perfect combination 
to go with any white fish of your choice. 

Best part…it is quick! Ready in just about 10 minutes!  

The fillets of fish are just lightly seasoned with salt and pepper on a baking pan.  

I prefer to line my baking sheets with foil for ease of clean up. 

Pop the fish under the broiler for just about 5 minutes. 

While the fish are getting started, 
so shall the sauce. 

One half cup of mayonnaise, 
one tbsp of Pesto
(this can be store-bought or click here to make your own!)
and one quarter cup of grated Parmesan

Finally, add 2 tsp of lemon pepper seasoning.

After the first 5 minutes of broiling, 
top the fish with the sauce and spread into a thin layer, 
then back under the broiler it goes. 

While broiling, 
the sizzling of the cheese could be heard…
music to my ear! 

Love the gorgeous color and texture that came out of the broiler after just 
2-3 minutes. 

Just serve it up with some rice and edamame for a quick, fabulous, healthy weeknight meal!

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Bake Time: <10 minutes
Serves: 4

1# of fish fillets of your choice
Salt and Pepper - to taste
1/2 cup of mayonnaise, 
1 tbsp of Pesto
1/4 cup of grated Parmesan
2 tsp Lemon Pepper seasoning

Preheat oven to broil. 
Lightly season thawed fish fillets with salt and pepper. 
Broil for 5 minutes or longer for thicker fillets. 
While broiling, mix up mayo, pesto, parm and lemon pepper sauce for topping. 
Remove fish and spread a layer of Parmesan Pesto sauce on top. 
Return to the broiler for 2-3 minutes until the cheese is lightly browned. 

Serve up with your favorite veggie and starch for a healthy, balanced, quick and easy meal.