If you're a long-time reader of 28 Cooks, you know that I favor recipes that are simple and quick to make, yet look like you invested a few hours in the kitchen. I also try and eat as healthy as possible, so I like to find recipes that not only fulfill the above qualities, but are also nutritious and filling.
Tilapia is a recurring ingredient on 28 Cooks because not only is it delicious and nutritious, but it's so easy to prepare. I wanted something quick to throw together for dinner tonight, so I knew tilapia was the perfect choice.
These packets literally take 5 minutes to throw together. The most time consuming task is slicing the lemons. Seriously. And the best thing about this recipe is that you can literally take it in a hundred directions. Use salmon or halibut in place of the tilapia. Try another herb instead of the thyme. Use lime instead of lemon. Throw some snowpeas down instead of the spinach. Use a flavored olive oil. No matter how you make it, this is a delicious dish that's sure to be a favorite!
Lemon Thyme Tilapia Packets
2 tilapia filets
Salt and pepper
A touch of olive oil
1 organic lemon
2 large handfuls of spinach leaves, washed
A few sprigs of fresh thyme
Preheat oven to 425. Lightly spray 2 large sheets of foil or parchment paper with cooking spray. Slice lemon into 8 slices and discard the 2 end pieces. Place 3 slices of lemon horizontally in the center of the foil. Place handful of spinach on top of lemon. Place seasoned tilapia filets on top of spinach, drizzle with a little olive oil, and place thyme sprigs on top of fish. Fold up packets and place in preheated oven on baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes and remove from oven. Allow to rest for a few minutes before opening packet. Discard lemon slices and thyme sprigs, serve, and enjoy!