KICK THE POST-HOLIDAY GLUT WITH LIGHT MEALS
You never thought you would say this, but … you’ve actually had enough fudge.
Enough ham. Enough wine. Enough turkey, gravy, stuffing … yes, even enough pie.
But you don’t have to turn to fast food and delivered pizza to take a break from an overloaded eating schedule. Just shift gears to the simpler, seasonal, hardworking meals that are healthy, light and speak of home rather than the homes of annoying relatives. You don’t have to turn into a food monk — just let some fresh, unbuttered, ungravy’d vegetables back into your life.
These five dishes steal a few tricks from French and Italian cuisines to restart your taste buds for 2017. They’re veggie-centric, if not completely vegetarian. They leave the smoked, buttered and oversweetened flavors of the holidays behind. Who knows? You might even like them so much, you will keep them around for the holidays next year.
Whether you want to cut the corn tortilla with a fork or roll it up and get messy, this dish puts dinner on the table fast. Tilapia fillets cook in minutes, and local aquaponics entrepreneurs often sell the slim fillets frozen at farmers’ markets (in season). Serves 4 (with two tostadas apiece). Ingredients
N cup seasoned breadcrumbs (or regular breadcrumbs with K teaspoon chile spices) 4 frozen tilapia fillets 8 corn tortillas Shredded romaine or bok choy 1 tablespoon olive oil or other neutral oil for sautéing 4 teaspoons lime juice 4 teaspoons agave nectar Salsa or pico de gallo, if desired
Lime wedges, if desired Directions
Spill seasoned breadcrumbs on a large plate or in a shallow casserole; place tilapia fillets on a second plate. Arrange two tortillas on each of four dinner plates; top with shredded romaine.
Heat oil over medium heat in a skillet until it shimmers. One by one, drizzle each tilapia fillet with lime juice and agave nectar, then dredge in breadcrumbs and lower into skillet. Saute about two at a time for two to three minutes per side, or until opaque and flaky. Arrange two small or one large fillet on each plate. Serve at once.
Fish is the original fast food, and little tilapia fillets are among the fastest-cooking fish. Pop them on lettuce shreds and tortillas and you have dinner or lunch