#SuperBowl of Eats

by Jenn (eating bender) on February 7, 2010

Good evening!

Some of you are probably living it up at a party right now. Perhaps you’re hosting one yourself or responsible for providing an appetizer at a friend’s house.

Others are just enjoying their Sunday, football-free :)

Whatever you’re up to on February 7, 2010, I hope you’re having fun!

I started out my day with a #SuperBowl (for all of you on Twitter) of oatmeal:

Twas a glorious bowl of banana, flax, almond milk, cinnamon and almond butter :)

It left me a happy camper…and an empty bowl :)

I took care of some blog details and caught up on emails this morning, but this afternoon was all things football. I didn’t have a team in the big game, but at the risk of alienating some readers, I will say that I decided to cheer for the underdog. It was great to see the Saints win their first-ever Super Bowl!

Last night, Bobby and I got caught up on Lost – which now has me more lost than I’ve ever been…what is going on?! – and enjoyed a very nice dinner: Baked Crusted Tilapia with Steamed Veggies.

This meal was phenomenal – and so easy! We started out with melted Smart Balance and whole wheat bread crumbs. Preheat the oven to 375* while prepping.

Next, dip the tilapia in the Smart Balance and cover completely with the bread crumbs. Add to a greased baking dish and top with sliced tomatoes to roast in the oven along with the fish.

Bake at 375* for roughly 30 minutes, making sure to check on the fish occasionally. The tilapia is fully cooked when it turns completely white and flaky.

Combined with the roasted tomatoes, this tilapia was fabulous. It flaked so easily off the fork, which is always a sign that you cooked it just long enough. We served the fish with a side of steamed veggies that included water chestnuts, broccoli and carrots.

Our Super Bowl eats were equally amazing. It all started with the pre-game show, which included a serving of sweet + Russet potato fries.

These were – again – very easy to make. Simply chop the two potatoes into thin, fry-like strips. Coat with 1 tbsp. olive oil and plenty of seasonings – including garlic salt and pepper – and place on a cookie sheet.

Bake at 375* for 30 minutes – flipping once after the first 15 minutes are over. When they are crispy, place onto a plate for serving. I used a Valentine’s Day plate courtesy of Mama Bender!

Gotta love Target’s seasonal and holiday dishware :mrgreen:

These fries went perfectly with the pre-game festivities!

Along with the fries, we also enjoyed some homemade beer!!

We received this sample a couple of months ago from Bobby’s friends, who have recently started to create their own beer with a home brewing kit. They call themselves the Blue Lady Brewery. This was what they call their “Northern Wheat” and it was ridiculously good. Puts other beers to shame – and that’s saying something because I like a lot of different beers!

Now if only they could market this professionally šŸ˜‰

For dinner, Bobby and I once again went to work in the kitchen. On tonight’s menu: Whole Wheat Shell Pasta with Chicken, Spinach and Mushroom in Red Sauce.

Another super easy recipe – all you need is a stove!

We cooked up the chicken in one pan and added the spinach at the very end. The other pan featured the red sauce, which cooked together with the chopped white mushrooms. The last pot was for the boiling whole wheat shell pasta. Everything together took roughly 10-15 minutes before it was ready!

We served the pasta with a glass of Mirassou Merlot. Another wine we definitely recommend – it was very fruity and smooth. It complemented our pasta perfectly, but would also be great on its own.

All in all, I’d say this was a pretty successful weekend when it comes to homemade meals!

The only downside is that Bobby is currently feeling a bit under the weather. Fingers crossed that I don’t catch the bug – I’ve got a big week ahead and want to be as healthy as possible for it! If you could send some healthy vibes Bobby’s way, we’d both be much obliged :)

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We’ve got another exciting round of Guest Bender posts ahead this week! Can’t wait!

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday – and have a great start to the work week!


1 Marianne February 8, 2010 at 1:26 am

Those are some nice looking meals you cooked up there. I’m especially eying up those crispy looking oven fries.

2 Stef @ moretolifethanlettuce February 8, 2010 at 3:17 am

lovin the double fry action, definitely a plate i’d demolish! hope you guys win the wedding contest, that’d be sweet!

3 Jessica @ How Sweet February 8, 2010 at 5:36 am

Your tilapia looks delish and how cute is that heart plate?!? I love it!

4 Erica February 8, 2010 at 6:56 am

Sounds like you guys had a great weekend! The tilapia looks cooked to perfection. I am a Lost fanatic! Do you listen to Jay and Jack’s lost podcast? If not, google and listen! I love it! They do a nice analysis of the episodes which helps me understand everything that happened ;). I am glad the Saints won too. The valentine’s day plate from your mama is adorable by the way

5 Jessie (Vegan-minded) February 8, 2010 at 7:48 am

I love the russet and sweet potato fry combination. It looks like something out of a restaurant. That homemade beer looks delicious too!

6 Kristie February 8, 2010 at 8:15 am

Jenn those fries have me drooling over here! Good luck with your big week ahead – so excited for you!!!

PS – I got the captioning job I was telling you about!

7 MelissaNibbles February 8, 2010 at 8:37 am

Yum! I haven’t had tilapia in such a long time. I need to try this!

8 eaternotarunner February 8, 2010 at 8:57 am

The baked tilapia looks great, baking fish is such a great way to make it super tender. Yum!

9 Katie February 8, 2010 at 8:57 am

You’ve got my vote for sure!

10 Jenny February 8, 2010 at 9:41 am

you are going to be such a precious little domestic wife with all of these homemade meals :). Bobby definitely snagged himself a winner!

11 Sarah February 8, 2010 at 10:21 am

can i get some of those fries?? yum.

12 Jenn (www.j3nn.net) February 8, 2010 at 11:12 am

Your tilapia and shells look sooo good! Yum


13 Olga February 8, 2010 at 3:31 pm

MMMmmmmmm….beer and fries…my kind of party :)

14 jenngirl February 8, 2010 at 7:32 pm

What a glorious super bowl sunday :) And I can tell you, I live in the land of “Who Dat”..it was crazy here yesterday!

Mirassou’s Pinot Noir is my absolute favorite wine! Of all time.

15 Lara (Thinspired) February 9, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Yum! I made tilapia similar to that for dinner last night, except I used almond meal instead of bread crumbs. The almonds didn’t stick though, I think I needed the egg! Yours looks perfect!

I hope you guys win the wedding contest!!!

16 carolinebee February 9, 2010 at 4:14 pm

Peeerrrfect super bowl meal!! I went to a really fun party and devoured some delish food but failed to take any pics :( So excited lovieeee, 2 weeks!! xoxo

17 Jenn (eating bender) February 11, 2010 at 9:30 am

SO EXCITED!! You have no idea :) Let’s chat more soon!

18 Bekah February 12, 2010 at 9:54 am

Ah love the oatmeal and all of the eats all over this post! Glad to hear you’re doing well Jenn- and I love reading all of your buzz. haha.

Umm LOST?! Holy crap- I have no idea what is happening either. I haven’t watched this past weeks yet, so I need to catch up.

Love your russet/sweet potato fries, and your fish/steamed veggie meal! Looks delicious.

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