Blackened Fish Dinner

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February hasn't included the healthiest of foods here on Meats and Sweets so here's a dinner idea to lighten things up.   

I used tilapia for this recipe but have decided that tilapia isn't my favorite fish.  Use any thin, white fish filets, like red snapper, bass, sole, founder... it's really up to you.   

To help ensure you're making ocean friendly choices in your seafood shopping take a peak at the Monteray Bay Seafood Watch Guide.  There is also a free app.   

Serves 2. 

Blackened Fish

2 fish filets

2 tablespoons butter, melted

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon white pepper

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

pinch fennel powder

Lemon wedges, for serving

Combine all ingredients except fish, butter and lemon to make seasoning.  

Dredge fish filets in melted butter and sprinkle over both sides of each with seasoning. Cook in a skillet at high heat about 5 minutes on each side until blackened. 

Serve on sandwiches or with a side of vegetables.  I needed something fresh tasting so I served the fillets with vegetables packets.  It was carrots, yellow squash and zucchini folded into parchment paper with olive oil, thyme sprigs, lemon slices, salt and pepper.  Then it was baked in the oven at 400 degrees for 10 -12 minutes.   

Roasted Garlic

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These are great for casual dinners or anytime there is crusty warm bread to smear the roasted cloves all over.  Also put to good use on pizza or in sauces or salsas.  I love garlic and it is always on my shopping list.  I put it in everything I cook and would even eat these little things as is if no one was looking. 

Roasted Garlic 

Whole heads of garlic (as many as you need)

olive oil, about 1 tablespoon per head

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Heat oven to 400 degrees.  Remove outer layers of papery covering, leaving individual cloves in their skins and chop off tops of the garlic to expose the cloves.  Place garlic heads each on a piece of aluminum foil and drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Wrap up in foil and roast/bake for 30-40 minutes.  Head will feel soft when pressed and will have become very fragrant.