I had quite a bit of crushed tomatoes to use up today, left over from my butter chicken recipe, so decided to root through my fridge to see what I could put them with. I decided to pull out a basa fillet and braise it in a tomato bacon sauce.

I also had some green beans to eat up and as they aren’t the hubby’s favourite, decided to hide them in a garlic parmesan cream sauce.

I got a thumbs up on both dishes from the hubby – even the beans!

Creamy Garlic Parmesan Beans
  1. Green beans, trimmed and cut into thirds
  2. 2 tbsp butter
  3. 2 tbsp minced garlic
  4. 1/2 c cream
  5. 1/2 tsp onion powder
  6. 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  7. 1/2 tsp dry mustard powder
  8. Salt to taste
  9. 1/2 tsp pepper
  10. 1/2 c parmesan cheese
  1. Put the beans, sprinkled with a bit of salt, in a microwave safe bowl and nuke 3-4 minutes (or cooked to your liking)
  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan, on medium heat, and add the garlic.
  3. Let saute a minute then whisk until the butter is foamy.
  4. Add the cream and the rest of the ingredients.
  5. Whisk until it has reduced a bit and thickened (I added a tiny bit of thickener at the end as I wanted it to really stick to the beans)
  6. Drain the beans if needed and top with sauce, tossing to mix.
  7. Sprinkle with a touch of parmesan and serve.
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Basa Braised in Bacon Tomato Sauce
  1. 2 basa fillets
  2. Old Bay seasoning
  3. 4 strips of bacon, cut up
  4. 1 tbsp minced garlic
  5. 1/3 c roasted red pepper, chopped
  6. 1 1/2 c crushed tomatoes
  7. 4-5 basil leaves, chopped
  8. 1 tsp dried sicilian oregano
  9. 2 tsp capers
  10. 1 tsp pickapeppa sauce
  11. 1/2 tsp salt
  12. 1 tsp pepper
  1. Dust the basa with a light coating of Old Bay seasoning and some salt
  2. In a deep frying pan, fry the bacon until almost done.
  3. Add the onions and saute until soft.
  4. Add the garlic an roasted red pepper and saute about 30 seconds.
  5. At this point I pushed the ingredients to the sides, and seared off the basa on both sides.
  6. Gently remove the fish and set aside.
  7. Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a light simmer.
  8. Place the fish back in, covering with the sauce.
  9. Cover the pan with a lid and cook on medium - low until the fish is done, about 10 minutes or so.
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