I made this on a total whim yesterday having no idea if it would work. To my surprise it did AND the husband actually said he liked it… UNSOLICITED!
Here’s the story. I had only 4 tilapia fillets defrosted for dinner. I knew it wasn’t going to be enough for us so I pulled out a frozen bag of bay scallops for the kids and decided to have fun with the fish for us.
I wanted to cook on the grill (it’s been so nice out lately) so I decided on foil packets. I served the result without saying a word and watched the husband eat. He then said, “This is pretty good. I even like this ‘stuff’ (referring to the couscous) but it’s just a little too tomatoe-y”
Note: He doesn’t like tomatoes.
Then I said, “Really?! I didn’t think you were going to like it.”
“Then why did you make it?”
“‘Cause I wanted to experiment.”
“I hate it when you do that. Can’t you just make normal things?”
“No, no I can’t.”
LOL He’s gotten pretty used to me and my experiments and nothing makes me smile more then when he genuinely likes something. Considering he’s a Cheeseburger/Mac&Cheese kind of guy, I take it as a compliment.
Here’s what I did…
- 1/4 cup Uncooked Whole Grain Couscous
- About 10 Cherry Tomatoes Halved
- 4 tilapis fillets (3-4 oz each)
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- Kosher Salt
- Dried Thyme
Preheat the outdoor grill.
Lay out a large sheet of aluminum foil. Place 1/2 the couscous (26g) in the center.
Top the couscous with the tomatoes cut side down.
Lay 2 tilapia fillets on top. Add 1 tbsp of lemon juice, sprinkle with salt and dried Thyme liberally.
Fold the packet closed sealing it so the steam doesn’t escape.
Repeat for the other 2 fillets making 2 packets total.
Grill over a medium flame for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let it sit for 5.
Open the foil and viola!
The fish is cooked and the couscous underneath soaked up the lemon juice and steam. Some of the couscous also toasted on the edges making a fun texture and nutty flavor.
I served with some frozen Brussels sprouts I cooked on the grill.
It was such a pretty meal! And the fish was delish!
Before I called the boys in (they were outside in the yard-MAN how I love warm weather) I snapped this picture of the dinner table.
Everyone ate so good and everything was cooked on the grill. NO MESS! It was awesome.
In case you are wondering I put the small scallops in a grill safe pan with a little olive oil, lemon juice, garlic powder, parsley and salt making like a scampi. The 6 year old loved them along some quick brown rice. Then baby ate pretty good too! He loved the Brussels sprouts, rice and even ate a couple of scallops.
It was a good meal. :)
|Servings||Amt per Serving|
|2||Tilapia and Tomato Packet with Couscous|
|320||4g||5g||old: 6||new: 8|