Tilapia with a Tangerine Lemon Sauce

I recently made this for myself this last weekend while my wife was out of town, and got a request for the recipes from friends when talking about it!  I was thinking of something as low-key and easy as possible–sometimes you just don’t want to cook!

Tangerine Lemon Tilapia

I chose tilapia for the fish, as that was the only fish we had in the freezer–but any white fish would do.  The sauce has a lot of flavor, and you should chose a mild-flavored fish to compensate.  The sauce would also work very well with chicken–again, anything without a very strong flavor.  The recipe for the sauce is here.

For my two sides, I found some broccoli and steamed it, and I also roasted some turnips, which I had gotten from the farmer’s market earlier that weekend.  Turnips are in season in the winter months, and have an excellent earthy, roasted flavor.  They may come with a large leafy stalk and a root on the bottom–simply cut those off and discard.  If you’re interested in making your own vegetable stock, however, the leaves can be wonderful aromatics.  The recipe for the turnips is here.

Finally, to make it pretty, I garnished the sauce with a touch of parsley.  Absolutely delicious!

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Truth in Advertising – Don’t be fooled!

When you walk down the aisle at the grocery store, you more than likely see a ton of claims on products you pass by–claims like, “Reduced Fat!” or “Fortified with vitamin D!”  But have you stopped to think what, exactly, that means?  Well, luckily for us, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has!  A large number of health claims are regulated, so companies can only use them if their product meets certain standards.  For example, to label something as “Healthy”, foods must have a specific maximum amount of fat, sodium, and other nutrients per serving.  If you’re interested in knowing those amounts (though it is some rough reading), some information can be found here:  FDA Content Claims Regulations.

Frosted FlakesSo it’s good that companies can’t blatantly misrepresent some aspects of their food, but what they commonly do is not give you ALL the facts!  Let’s look at some classic cereal boxes as an example–the one to the right here claims at the top, “Good Source of Vitamin D” (especially when served with Vitamin D milk!).  However, what they’re not telling you is that Frosted Flakes is also very high in sugar and calories.  So what would be a better choice to get your Vitamin D?  Eat a bowl of sugary cereal, or just drink a glass of milk?   The second, of course!  So, when you look at a claim on something in the store, take a second to ask yourself, “What are they NOT telling me here?”  Starting to think critically about the foods that you eat is the first step to making solid, healthy choices!

Next week, I’ll cover another related aspect in food advertising–misleading and unregulated words!