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Food thoughts, not food for thought.

I always think people who agree with me are really smart, don’t you? This online article in the New York Times by Michael Pollan entitled Unhappy Meals, falls right in line with my thoughts on food. It’s really long but well worth reading. One of my friends had made the comment to me that she was having a hard time finding foods with fiber in them. Even though, she was reading all the labels on food. In a rather unkind and snippy way, I declared” That’s because you aren’t eating food! If you want fiber, eat an apple. Have brown rice.” It seems that Mr. Pollan agrees with me, that stuff isn’t food. If you look at the photo of our new pantry, you won’t find any mixes, or processed foods. We do have various pastas, beef broth and canned frijoles charros, but almost everything else is an ingredient not a meal in a box. Even the breakfast cereal is either puffed amaranth or oatmeal.

I think we are heading in the right direction with our diet. Remember my post, Something is fishy here. While the canned tuna is for Mr. Dog, I did once again, attempt to cook fish for us. A couple of weeks ago I took the advice of several of my readers and bought some frozen tilapia fillets. They have been sitting in the freezer taunting me ever since. Today, I decided to do something with them.Stephanie at A Year of Slow Cooking recommends the slow cooker as an easy way to cook fish. No fish smell, no clean up and it’s really, really good. Her suggestion for a good first recipe is Parmesan Tilapia. I cut the recipe in half, used a mix of shredded taco cheese and Parmesan (it was what I had on hand) and it still worked! It was so good, I was a little sorry that I hadn’t made more. There are no photos since I didn’t think to blog about it until we ate it all, but Stephanie has some nice photos and good directions.

I can’t decide whether to branch out and try the Orange Honey Tilapia. There is nothing wrong with being a one trick pony is there? Not when the trick works so well.

About Theresa Diaz Gray

Born in New York City, I grew up in California, and have lived in 3 countries and 6 states. I'm a first generation Cuban-American who lives in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. I'm committed to living an abundant and creative life and helping others do so too through DIY!


  1. Steph, it was great! Thanks for stopping by!


  2. Theresa,
    I’m so glad you liked the tilapia! I completely understand about the mayo thing—I was very very hesitant when I first gave it a try on a friend’s suggestion.
    no worries!

    xoxo steph

  3. Christina, I will keep an eye open for it. I think one of the problems with fish for us is that we don’t like the smell it leaves when I cook it. But I am willing to try it anyway. I really do want to add more fish to our diet.

  4. Theresa, Judy and I have recently started eating a freshwater fish called *basa oriental*. It’s available as fillets in most every supermarket and is REALLY delicious, so clean-tasting and fresh. I add a pinch of salt to a little flour, very lightly dust the fillets on both sides, and sauté them in butter. A squeeze of limón at the table and wow, this fish is so terrific. IMHO, it’s even better than tilapia.

    Let me know if you give it a try.


  5. Linda, it was great! I love the crockpot lady’s recipes.

  6. That Parmesan Tilapia recipe looks GREAT! We eat tilapia all the time, so this is one I will definitely try! Thanks for the link.

    Isla Chica

  7. Ron, Husband loves pecado al la Veracruzana. I know it’s silly but I don’t like the way it looks, so I haven’t tried it.

    Felipe, yup! They don’t heat up the kitchen which is a plus. Though sometimes I even plug it in outside on the terraza which really keeps the heat down.

    Susan, I am so glad to hear that I am not the only non-Salmon lover in the world. I’ll stick to the tilapia and then branch out as time goes on.

    Leslie, I agree with your family!

    JJ, she has other fish recipes, just check out the links on the sidebar. The mayonnaise disappears into the sauce and it doesn’t taste like mayo. But I understand.

    Madame Pliers, Michael Pollan is a fav of mine too. I try to keep emergency food in the car so I don’t succumb to fast food. Sometimes it works sometimes it doesn’t.


  8. Couldn’t agree more.

    If it’s in a box or a bag, don’t eat it. It’s not food. Which isn’t to say that one is not at times reduced to having to eat ersatz foods but, at the very least, eat it knowing that it isn’t food.

    Thanks for the tip on the article by M.P. I like that guy’s work.

  9. Okay, I just need to thank you for this post. I have a crockpot cookbook that I got from a friend that has no fish recipes in it, and I love fish. It’s got every meat imagineable but no fish. I have this blasted crockpot that I never use, but you can bet I’ll be using it more now, thanks to the links (I will not, however, try the parmesan situation because I looked and it calls for 1/4 cup of mayonnaise. Good Lord. I can’t stand mayonnaise. Try the orange honey one. That looks awesome).

  10. Hubby and the kiddies aren’t big fish eaters, but they LOVE tilapia! 🙂

  11. Glad you found a fish you like! I just started eating fish three years ago. Before that, I never liked the stuff. Even as a kid, fish sticks grossed me out. But the mild flakiness of tilapia changed all of that for me. Now, I eat fish at least once a week. I’ve graduated to flounder, halibut, and mahi-mahi (still can’t handle salmon). Swai is another budget friendly, easy to eat fish that tastes incredibly similar to tilapia.

  12. I made tilapia veracruzana for 18 people this past weekend down in Los Olivos, CA. It was great and is an easy recipe.

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