Parmesan Crusted Tilapia

parmesan crusted tilapia with bowl of tartar sauce

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia is a light, crisp and delicately flavoured dish that takes less than 20 minutes to make. This family favorite recipe is super easy, and uber flavorful! 

This parmesan crusted fish is tasty and takes just minutes to prepare and serve. It is perfect served with your favorite coleslaw or a fresh Kale Salad with Lemon Dressing.

Parmesan crusted tilapia served with a fresh salad and tartar sauce.

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia Recipe

There is nothing better than a quick weeknight meal on a busy weeknight. This easy easy tilapia recipe hits the mark on both counts! Tender tilapia filets are dipped in an egg mixture, coated with parmesan seasoned panko crumbs and pan fried till golden brown.

This Parmesan Crusted Tilapia recipe will conquer the “same old thing for dinner” blues!  While I’ve used tilapia in this recipe, the simple and crispy crust is a delicious way to serve any type of white fish!

Swap Any White Fish

If you don’t have tilapia on hand, this easy recipe works with any white fish. If the filet is thicker you may need to add an extra minute or two to ensure it’s cooked to perfection.

A parmesan crumb mixture for making my favorite Parmesan Crusted Tilapia

What is Tilapia?

Tilapia is a white fish, similar in taste and texture to cod however, the texture of tilapia is a bit more firm. Tilapia will flake when cooked and is very versatile for many recipes from Easy Fish Tacos to Blackened Fish and our all time favorite, Parmesan Broiled Tilapia. Tilapia is a freshwater farmed fish grown in many countries around the world, including the US and Canada.

Fish is good for you, it is a great way to add variety to your table and it takes just minutes to prepare.

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia pan fried until crisp

How to make Parmesan Crusted Fish

Tilapia can be baked, broiled, fried or poached.  I love the simplicity of Baked Tilapia but I love the crust and flavor of Parmesan Crusted Chicken so putting the two together is the perfect quick meal mashup!

How to Cook Tilapia

  1. Heat oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Prep fish per recipe below.
  2. Add fish and fry for about 3 minutes per side or just until cooked through.
  3. Keep warm on a low oven (250°F) if cooking in batches.
  4. Serve warm with coleslaw and Dill Pickle Tartar Sauce.

For all methods, it is a good idea to use a meat thermometer to check for doneness (145°F). The fish will flake easily when it is done.

A plate of tender crisp parmesan crusted tilapia

TIP: The breading is fairly light. To ensure it doesn’t fall off, allow the fish to rest for a minute or two before serving it.

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Crispy Parmesan Tilapia

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia is a light, crisp and delicately flavoured dish that takes less than 20 minutes to make. It’s super easy and you’ll love it!

  • 6 tilapia fillets (defrosted if frozen)
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • lemon slices (for serving)

Coating

  • 1 1/2 cups Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 1 cup cornflake crumbs
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon each salt & pepper
  1. In a small bowl, combine eggs, dijon mustard & water. Mix well and set aside. In a separate dish, combine all of the coating ingredients.

  2. Dip each tilapia fillet into the egg mixture and then into the crumb mixture. Be sure to press the crumbs into the fish and make sure it’s completely coated.

  3. Once all of the fillets are coated, preheat butter and olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.  

  4. Place the coated fish fillets in the skillet, and cover with a lid.  Cook for 3 minutes. Flip the fish, cover again and cook an additional 3 minutes.

  5. Serve with fresh lemon slices.

Nutrition information counts for the use of 2/3 of the coating mixture.

A close up of crisp parmesan crusted tilapia on a white plate
A close up of crisp parmesan crusted tilapia on a white plate
Top photo shows crisp parmesan crusted tilapia on a white plate. Bottom photo shows the tilapia cooking in a pan.

Spinach Artichoke Dip – Party Perfect!

Spinach Artichoke Dip is one of those recipes that absolutely everyone seems to love. A creamy cheesy base loaded with spinach, a bit of garlic and of course marinated artichokes.

It’s all topped off with more cheese and baked until golden and bubbly.  Between this recipe and our favorite Buffalo Chicken Dip, I’m pretty much guaranteed an invite to every party!

Spinach Artichoke Dip baked until golden and bubbly.

Our favorite Spinach Artichoke Dip

Spinach Artichoke Dip is a dish you’ll find on almost every menu and at every party for good reason. Everyone loves it! This spinach artichoke dip recipe is easy to make and it’s creamy, cheesy, and super satisfying!

How to Make Spinach Artichoke Dip

Like most creamy dip recipes, this spinach artichoke dip starts with a delicious cream cheese base. The first step to a perfectly scoopable spinach dip is to make the cream cheese nice and fluffy using either a hand mixer or a stand mixer. You can certainly mix it by hand but an electric mixer will make your dip softer so you don’t end up with a ‘chip-wreck’.

I love the use of marinated artichokes in this recipe (instead of canned). The difference is that the canned artichokes are usually in water with a bit of salt… the marinated artichokes are in olive oil and usually have lots of great seasoning which adds tons of flavor to this dip! If you’re using canned artichokes instead, you’ll likely want to add a bit of Italian Seasoning or some dried basil for flavor.

  1. Mix cream cheese, sour cream and a bit of mayo until fluffy.
  2. Fold in spinach, artichokes and cheeses.
  3. Bake until bubbly.

I used to make this dip with lots of gruyere but have found it’s better if you use some mozzarella and a bit of gruyere. If you don’t have gruyere you can substitute it with gouda or swiss.

A dish of hot spinach artichoke dip ready for serving

To Cook in the Slow Cooker

Most dips you bake in the oven can also be made in a slow cooker! Spread the dip into the bottom of a 4QT crock pot and cook on low for about 2 hours stirring after 60 minutes. Just before serving, sprinkle the extra mozzarella on top.

Fresh Spinach for Spinach Dip

You can use fresh spinach in this recipe instead of frozen spinach!  I use frozen chopped spinach to keep this spinach artichoke dip quick and easy. Frozen spinach tends to have a lot of liquid so once defrosted, you’ll want to squeeze our as much liquid as possible.  This will keep your dip from being runny.

To Replace Frozen Spinach with Fresh Spinach

If you’d prefer to make this spinach artichoke dip with fresh spinach, simply chop, cook and squeeze dry 1lb of fresh spinach. Don’t forget to remove any tough stems before cooking.

The ingredients to make the BEST spinach artichoke dip recipe.

What to Serve With Spinach Artichoke Dip

This is a hot spinach artichoke dip and I like to it with toasted slices of baguette. It’s also great with crackers, chunks of sourdough bread or even tortilla chips!

If you happen to have flour tortillas on hand, they make great dippers once baked in the oven! Lightly brush them with olive oil (or melted butter) and season them with a pinch of salt and garlic powder.  Bake at 350°F 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp.

If you’re looking for a fresh crunch (or to keep this low carb), carrots, celery, mini bell peppers or cucumbers are also great dippers! Just know, if you take this dip with you, you’ll be left with nothing but an empty dish!

A big scoop of hot spinach artichoke dip ready for serving

To Make Ahead

This dip can be made as much as 48 hours ahead of time and refrigerated. Once baked it will keep 3-4 days in the fridge.

If you’re lucky enough to have leftovers, it’s great to heat up with a bit of cream and toss with pasta or spoon over chicken and baked for a complete meal!

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The Best Spinach Artichoke Dip

This is my favorite Spinach Artichoke dip recipe!! It’s easy to make and always a huge hit!

  • 8 oz cream cheese (, softened)
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese (divided)
  • 1/2 cup fresh shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup gruyere cheese
  • 10 oz frozen chopped spinach (defrosted and squeezed dry)
  • 14 oz marinated artichoke hearts (chopped)

For Serving

  • 1 baguette (optoinal)
  • olive oil
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

  2. In a bowl combine cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise and garlic with a hand mixer until fluffy.

  3. Stir in parmesan cheese, 1 cup mozzarella cheese, gruyere cheese, spinach, and artichokes.

  4. Place into a 9×9 casserole dish (or deep dish pie plate) and top with remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese.

  5. Bake 25-30 minutes or until bubbly and cheese is browned.
  6. Slice baguette into 1/2″ slices. Lightly brush one side of each slice with olive oil. Broil the oiled side for about 2 minutes or just until lightly browned.

  7. Remove from the oven and gently rub each slice with a clove of garlic. Serve with spinach artichoke dip.

*Nutrition information does not include baguette.

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Spinach Artichoke Dip in a white baking dish and being scooped out with a cracker

 

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Easy Cheesy Ham Casserole

Ham Casserole is one of those yummy cheesy dishes that just scream home-cooked comfort. This casserole is made with ham and pasta tossed in a creamy cheesy sauce (much like a mac and cheese)!

This is a great dish to make that leftover ham stretch to satisfy a crowd.

Close up of the baked ham casserole with a spoon taking a scoop out of the corner.

What Goes in Ham Casserole

Cheesy ham casserole combines diced ham, with tender pasta in a creamy homemade cheese sauce. With 3 types of cheese (cheddar, gruyere and parmesan cheeses) this is a tasty dish!

A little thyme and Dijon add a savory lift to this leftover ham casserole .

Finally, a topping of buttered Panko bread crumbs with cheese provides some welcome crunch-appeal.

Close up of the cheese sauce being poured over the ham and pasta in a white casserole dish.

Substitute to your heart’s content with the cheeses and pasta! Any kind of pasta will work for ham noodle casserole. Shells are my favorite, they cup and hold the cheese sauce, and are melt-in-your-mouth tender! I also find cheddar cheese is always great for melting into a sauce, but you can use any pasta or cheese you have on hand for this dish!

  • Pasta: rotini, penne, macaroni or even spaghetti.
  • Cheese: colby, asiago, swiss or muenster would be delicious!

How to Cook Ham Casserole

Homemade Cheese Sauce is easy to make and creates great flavor for this casserole. The sauce for this recipe starts with a roux.

Pre-shredded cheese can have starches added to keep it from clumping so it may not melt as well. For this sauce, it’s best to shred your own cheese.

Overview of the ham,pasta and cheese sauce mixture in a white casserole dish with the remaining toppings on the side.

Prep & Bake

  1. Melt butter in a large pot. Whisk in flour and cook for about a minute (per recipe below). Slowly whisking in the milk and to thicken. Add cheese until creamy.
  2. Combine cheese sauce, ham and pasta in a casserole dish.
  3. Top with crumb topping.

Bake until bubbly and the top is browned and crisp.

Creamy cheesy ham and noodle casserole with a bread crumb topping

What to Serve With Ham Casserole

Ham and cheese casserole is creamy stick-to-your-ribs rich with salt from the ham and cheese. Look for a side dish that is light, fresh and sweet or tangy. A fresh fruit salad, fresh tomato salad or cucumber dill salad would be welcome companions for ham casserole.

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Ham Casserole

This easy cheesy ham casserole is the perfect way to use up your leftover ham and stretch it to feed a crowd!

  • 1 lb medium shells
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 3/4 cups milk
  • 1 cup light cream (10-12% M.F.)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 3 cups sharp cheddar (divided)
  • 1 cup gruyere cheese
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups diced ham

Topping

  • 2 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Mix together topping ingredients, set aside.
  2. Cook shells al dente according to package directions. Drain well.
  3. Meanwhile, melt butter, flour and seasonings in a saucepan. Allow to cook 1 minute.
  4. Slowly add in cream and milk while whisking after each addition. The mixture will seem thick at first but will smooth out with each addition.
  5. Once all of the cream/milk is added, whisk while bringing to a boil over medium heat. Allow to boil 1 minute.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in 2 1/2 cups cheddar, gruyere cheese and parmesan until smooth.
  7. Mix cheese sauce with cooked pasta and ham and place in a 9×13 pan. Add topping and remaining 1/2 cup of cheese.
  8. Bake 22-26 minutes or until heated through and topping is browned. Cool 5 minutes before serving.

 

This ham casserole is made with pasta, 3 types of cheese, and a crunchy bread crumb topping! It's a great dish when looking for a way to stretch your leftover ham to feed a crowd. #spendwithpennies #hamcasserole #maindish #pasta #kidfriendly #budgetfriendly #leftoverham
This ham casserole is made with pasta, 3 types of cheese, and a crunchy bread crumb topping! It's a great dish when looking for a way to stretch your leftover ham to feed a crowd. #spendwithpennies #hamcasserole #maindish #pasta #kidfriendly #budgetfriendly #leftoverham

One Pot Pasta with Chicken (Tomato Cream Sauce)

Chicken Pasta dishes can be ready in no time at all and this easy one pot recipe goes straight from the stove to the table in less than 30 minutes. An flavorful combination of chicken, cheese, and tomatoes in a tomato cream sauce all made with just one pot! 

While a full meal on its own, this pasta dish tastes delicious served with a side of homemade garlic bread or a light side salad.

Close up of one pot chicken pasta.

What’s in Chicken Pasta?

This dish is full of creamy cheeses, chicken, and a combination of savory flavors like garlic, tomatoes and Italian seasoning…all blended together for this hearty entrée that even makes great leftovers!

This easy recipe has a tomato cream sauce and is topped with cheese for an easy meal.

How to Make This One Pot Pasta

This recipe is super easy and versatile, with just one pot! Using the basic recipe, you can add your favorite flavors to make it your own!  

  1. Cook the chicken and set aside.
  2. Add seasoning (per recipe below), tomatoes and cream. Stir in uncooked pasta and simmer until pasta is tender.
  3. Add cheese and enjoy!

It’s that easy!! The pasta is cooked right in the sauce meaning no extra pots or strainers for cooking. Depending on the brand of pasta you have, you may need to add a bit more broth or water towards the end to cook the pasta. Add about 1/2 cup at a time as needed.

Overview of one pot chicken pasta.

Can You Make This in Advance?

One pot chicken pasta can definitely be made in advance, just keep it in a covered container and then pour it all into a skillet and reheat on low on the stovetop.

When you reheat it you may need to add a splash of milk or cream if the pasta has soaked up a lot of the sauce.

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One Pot Chicken Pasta

If you’re looking for something simple to put together in just a few minutes, you’re going to LOVE this! Super easy and versatile, with just one pot!

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound chicken breast (diced into 1/2" cubes)
  • salt & pepper
  • 1/2 cup onion (diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
  • 14.5 oz diced tomatoes (drained)
  • 3 cups chicken broth (+ 1/2 cup extra if needed)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 12 oz penne (or medium pasta)
  • 2/3 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup parmesan (divided)
  1. Season chicken with salt & pepper. Heat olive oil over medium heat and cook chicken until no pink remains. Set aside.

  2. Add onion and garlic to the pan. Cook until onion is tender, about 3 minutes.

  3. Add seasoning, parsley, 3 cups broth, tomatoes and cream and bring to a boil. Add pasta. Let simmer for about 15 minutes or until tender and thickened. If you need, add 1/2 cup broth till pasta is cooked. Mix in 1/4 cup parmesan cheese.

  4. Add the chicken back to skillet, top with mozzarella cheese and remaining 1/4 cup parmesan, then broil 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden.

Overview of One Pot Chicken Pasta.
Overview of One Pot Chicken Pasta.
Top image - overview of one pot chicken pasta, bottom image - chicken pasta ingredients in a pot.

Cajun Chicken Pasta

This creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta is a simple and flavorful homemade ready in under 30 minutes.  Made with chicken breast, pasta, and plenty of fresh, colorful veggies with Cajun Seasoning is an easy meal!

This Cajun Chicken Pasta recipe is one of my family’s favorite meals all-year ’round.

Cajun Chicken Pasta on a white plate

Easy Chicken Pasta

This pasta dish has a creamy cajun sauce that coats every bite.

Pasta for Cajun Chicken: 8 oz of your favorite medium pasta is perfect in this recipe, I like to make mine using Penne pasta (like Chili’s Cajun Chicken Pasta penne dish). Linguine is another a popular option to make this Cajun Chicken Pasta tasty! You can also substitute whole grain or whole wheat pasta for added nutritional value!

Cajun Chicken Pasta in a blue skillet

How to Make Cajun Chicken Pasta

My favorite part about this Cajun chicken pasta dish is that it’s easy to make.

  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions and set aside.
  2. Season chicken, cook through, and remove to a plate to rest.
  3. Cook veggies and add sauce ingredients. Cook until the sauce reduces and thickens.
  4. Add cheese, return chicken to the pan, and add pasta.

To Prep Chicken: I prefer to cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces before cooking so the chicken has a lot of great flavor (as more surface area is covered with seasoning than if you seasoned/cooked the whole breast).

You could alternatively season and cook the chicken breasts whole, keep them removed from the pan after cooking, and then mix all of the other ingredients together and serve the chicken over your cooked pasta.

What should I serve with Cajun Chicken Pasta?

We often eat this creamy Cajun Chicken recipe without anything on the side, it’s a great stand alone meal. However, this time of year we also enjoy it with lighter side dishes including Caesar Salad, Corn on the Cob, or Corn Salad.

Jalapeno Cornbread will also make for a good, heartier, side! And will help scoop up any Cajun chicken  sauce left in your bowl too!

A blue skillet full of cajun chicken pasta

Can I make Cajun Chicken Pasta in Advance?

If you don’t wish to serve this dish right away, you can make it in advance to serve later, and in fact the flavors will develop even more as it sits!

Keep in mind that the pasta will absorb a lot of the sauce, so your dish will be less creamy if you make it in advance and store all the ingredients together.

Another alternative would be to prepare everything except for the pasta, and then to cook the pasta fresh when you are ready to serve and add it to your other ingredients after re-heating them.

Keep your Cajun Chicken Pasta refrigerated in an airtight container until ready to enjoy.

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What is Cajun Seasoning Made of?

I have the perfect homemade cajun seasoning recipe! It’s a great option to use in this Cajun spice or seasoning contains tasty spices such as garlic powder, onion powder, seasoning salt, oregano, and thyme.

To give it its world famous kick, my Cajun seasoning contains chili flakes, black pepper, and cayenne pepper, and smoky paprika!

Cajun Chicken Pasta

This creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta is a simple but incredibly flavorful homemade dinner that can be on the table in under 30 minutes.  

  • 8 oz penne pasta (cooked according to package instructions and drained)
  • 3 Tablespoons butter (divided)
  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast (cut into 1" pieces)
  • 4 teaspoons Cajun seasoning (divided)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (divided)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper (divided)
  • 1/2 yellow onion (diced)
  • 1 red pepper (sliced)
  • 1 green pepper (sliced)
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/3 cup fresh parmesan cheese
  1. Place 2 Tablespoons of butter in a large pan over medium-high heat until melted.
  2. Meanwhile, combine 3 teaspoons Cajun seasoning, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a Ziploc bag. Add chopped chicken, zip closed, and shake until chicken is coated.
  3. Transfer chicken to heated pan and cook until chicken is browned and just cooked through. Remove to a plate and set aside.
  4. Add remaining Tablespoon of butter to pan and allow it to melt.
  5. Add peppers and onion and cook until beginning to soften (about 3-5 minutes).
  6. Add heavy cream, smoked paprika, basil, garlic powder, 1 teaspoon cajun seasoning and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer, cooking until sauce is thickened.

  7. Add parmesan cheese and stir until melted. Return cooked chicken and add cooked pasta, stir well and serve.

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Cajun Chicken Pasta served on a white plate

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Grilled Brussel Sprouts – chewy, nutty and sweet!

Grilled Brussel Sprouts are full of flavor and a delicious veggie side dish to try out at your next barbecue feast. The slight charring that the grill leaves enhances the flavor of the sprouts.

They hold up well to grilling and are great with a sprinkle of parmesan and cracked pepper. Serve these alongside grilled salmon or a grilled chicken breast.

Grilled brussels sprouts on skewers.

How to Grill Brussel Sprouts

You’ll love how simple this brussel sprout recipe is to prepare. For best results, use fresh brussels sprouts, not frozen. The texture is firmer and the flavor is better too!

If using wooden skewers, start by soaking them for at least 30 minutes before grilling. This will ensure the skewers don’t burn up on the grill.

Brussels sprouts on wooden skewers ready to grill.

  1. Pull off any yellowed leaves, trim any long stems off, and slice each sprout in half if they’re large. For smaller sprouts, you can leave them whole.
  2. Bring a pot of water to a boil and partially cook the sprouts. Drain well.
  3. When cool enough to handle, thread onto skewers, brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

When draining the sprouts, place cut side down on paper towels or a kitchen towel to absorb most of the water.

Two imahes showing brussels sprouts on skewers being seasoned and then grilled.

How Long to Grill Brussel Sprouts

Cooking parboiled brussel sprouts on the grill is fast! It only takes about 5 minutes or so per side on a hot grill.

Other Ways to Grill Brussel Sprouts

There are other methods for cooking brussel sprouts on the grill or in the oven.

  • Whole Grilled Brussel Sprouts – After cleaning the sprouts, place them in a microwave dish and cook on high for 3 minutes. Toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper. When cooled enough to handle, thread on metal or wooden skewers with the stem side facing down, and place on grill for 10 – 12 minutes, turning frequently until soft
  • Foil-Wrapped Brussel Sprouts – Place partially cooked, oiled, and seasoned brussel sprouts in a foil pack. Seal it tightly and place on grill for 15 minutes, flipping several times while cooking.
  • Oven Grilled Brussel Sprouts – Place partially cooked, oiled, and seasoned brussel sprouts on skewers. Broil until tender and caramelized, turning once or twice. If using halved sprouts, broil for 7 minutes, or 10 – 15 minutes for whole sprouts, turning more frequently.

Grilled brussel sprouts taste great sprinkled with shredded cheese, crumbled bacon, garlic powder, balsamic or wine vinegar, or tossed with a little Dijon mustard.

Grilled brussels sprouts in a bowl

Can You Freeze Brussel Sprouts?

Leftover grilled sprouts can be frozen for up to three months but will get somewhat mushy when thawed.

They will also keep in the refrigerator for 3 days. I prefer to heat them low and slow in a frying pan with a touch of olive oil.

Grill Those Veggies!

Grilled Brussel Sprouts

  • 1 lb brussels sprouts (halved if large)
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh parmesan
  1. Soak 6 wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes or more. Preheat grill to medium heat.

  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add brussels sprouts and cook for 3 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water.

  3. Place flat side down on paper towel to drain completely.

  4. Thread onto skewers, brush with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

  5. Place on hot grill and cook for 5-7 minutes per side until cooked.

Grilled brussel sprouts skewers are a healthy side dish to serve. With just 3 ingredients: brussels sprouts, olive oil, and parmesan, this recipe is easy to make as well! Just coat in the olive oil and parmesan mixture and toss on the BBQ until crispy and slightly charred! #spendwithpennies #grilledbrusselssprouts #brusselsprouts #grilledvegetables #sidedish
Grilled brussel sprouts skewers are a healthy side dish to serve. With just 3 ingredients: brussels sprouts, olive oil, and parmesan, this recipe is easy to make as well! Just coat in the olive oil and parmesan mixture and toss on the BBQ until crispy and slightly charred! #spendwithpennies #grilledbrusselssprouts #brusselsprouts #grilledvegetables #sidedish
Grilled brussel sprouts skewers are a healthy side dish to serve. With just 3 ingredients: brussels sprouts, olive oil, and parmesan, this recipe is easy to make as well! Just coat in the olive oil and parmesan mixture and toss on the BBQ until crispy and slightly charred! #spendwithpennies #grilledbrusselssprouts #brusselsprouts #grilledvegetables #sidedish

Grilled Brussel Sprouts – chewy, nutty and sweet!

Grilled Brussel Sprouts are full of flavor and a delicious veggie side dish to try out at your next barbecue feast. The slight charring that the grill leaves enhances the flavor of the sprouts.

They hold up well to grilling and are great with a sprinkle of parmesan and cracked pepper. Serve these alongside grilled salmon or a grilled chicken breast.

Grilled brussels sprouts on skewers.

How to Grill Brussel Sprouts

You’ll love how simple this brussel sprout recipe is to prepare. For best results, use fresh brussels sprouts, not frozen. The texture is firmer and the flavor is better too!

If using wooden skewers, start by soaking them for at least 30 minutes before grilling. This will ensure the skewers don’t burn up on the grill.

Brussels sprouts on wooden skewers ready to grill.

  1. Pull off any yellowed leaves, trim any long stems off, and slice each sprout in half if they’re large. For smaller sprouts, you can leave them whole.
  2. Bring a pot of water to a boil and partially cook the sprouts. Drain well.
  3. When cool enough to handle, thread onto skewers, brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

When draining the sprouts, place cut side down on paper towels or a kitchen towel to absorb most of the water.

Two imahes showing brussels sprouts on skewers being seasoned and then grilled.

How Long to Grill Brussel Sprouts

Cooking parboiled brussel sprouts on the grill is fast! It only takes about 5 minutes or so per side on a hot grill.

Other Ways to Grill Brussel Sprouts

There are other methods for cooking brussel sprouts on the grill or in the oven.

  • Whole Grilled Brussel Sprouts – After cleaning the sprouts, place them in a microwave dish and cook on high for 3 minutes. Toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper. When cooled enough to handle, thread on metal or wooden skewers with the stem side facing down, and place on grill for 10 – 12 minutes, turning frequently until soft
  • Foil-Wrapped Brussel Sprouts – Place partially cooked, oiled, and seasoned brussel sprouts in a foil pack. Seal it tightly and place on grill for 15 minutes, flipping several times while cooking.
  • Oven Grilled Brussel Sprouts – Place partially cooked, oiled, and seasoned brussel sprouts on skewers. Broil until tender and caramelized, turning once or twice. If using halved sprouts, broil for 7 minutes, or 10 – 15 minutes for whole sprouts, turning more frequently.

Grilled brussel sprouts taste great sprinkled with shredded cheese, crumbled bacon, garlic powder, balsamic or wine vinegar, or tossed with a little Dijon mustard.

Grilled brussels sprouts in a bowl

Can You Freeze Brussel Sprouts?

Leftover grilled sprouts can be frozen for up to three months but will get somewhat mushy when thawed.

They will also keep in the refrigerator for 3 days. I prefer to heat them low and slow in a frying pan with a touch of olive oil.

Grill Those Veggies!

Grilled Brussel Sprouts

  • 1 lb brussels sprouts (halved if large)
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh parmesan
  1. Soak 6 wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes or more. Preheat grill to medium heat.

  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add brussels sprouts and cook for 3 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water.

  3. Place flat side down on paper towel to drain completely.

  4. Thread onto skewers, brush with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

  5. Place on hot grill and cook for 5-7 minutes per side until cooked.

Grilled brussel sprouts skewers are a healthy side dish to serve. With just 3 ingredients: brussels sprouts, olive oil, and parmesan, this recipe is easy to make as well! Just coat in the olive oil and parmesan mixture and toss on the BBQ until crispy and slightly charred! #spendwithpennies #grilledbrusselssprouts #brusselsprouts #grilledvegetables #sidedish
Grilled brussel sprouts skewers are a healthy side dish to serve. With just 3 ingredients: brussels sprouts, olive oil, and parmesan, this recipe is easy to make as well! Just coat in the olive oil and parmesan mixture and toss on the BBQ until crispy and slightly charred! #spendwithpennies #grilledbrusselssprouts #brusselsprouts #grilledvegetables #sidedish
Grilled brussel sprouts skewers are a healthy side dish to serve. With just 3 ingredients: brussels sprouts, olive oil, and parmesan, this recipe is easy to make as well! Just coat in the olive oil and parmesan mixture and toss on the BBQ until crispy and slightly charred! #spendwithpennies #grilledbrusselssprouts #brusselsprouts #grilledvegetables #sidedish

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad – Seriously Good!

chicken caesar pasta salad

Caesar Pasta Salad is the perfect dish for summer. Tender pasta noodles tossed with traditional Caesar Salad ingredients in a creamy garlic lemon dressing this meal is both flavorful and filling.

Adding grilled chicken breast turns this dish into a full meal and is perfect served alongside a slice of Homemade Garlic Bread!

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad is the perfect dish for summer. Loaded with traditional Caesar Salad ingredients in a creamy garlic lemon dressing this meal is both flavorful and filling. I love that can be made ahead of time and served on the hottest of days, offering relief from the heat of the oven!

I love that can be made ahead of time and served on the hottest of days, offering relief from the heat of the oven!

Caesar Salad Lovers

If you like a homemade Caesar Salad, you are going to love this Caesar Pasta Salad recipe. It combines all of the delicious flavors of a classic Caesar salad with pasta to make a perfect summer meal!

Caesar salad dressing has to be one of my all time favorites, rich and creamy with a distinct lemon and garlic flavor. I highly suggest making the homemade dressing for this recipe, it’s both quick and delicious.

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad has a blend of traditional Caesar Salad ingredients in a delicious homemade creamy garlic lemon dressing. This meal is both flavorful and filling. I love that can be made ahead of time and served on the hottest of days, offering relief from the heat of the oven!

The Secret Ingredient

Well, I guess it’s not really secret… but Caesar salad dressing typically has anchovies in it and they really do add an amazing dimension of flavor to this dressing!

I personally don’t eat much that has a really strong fish flavor but using anchovy paste adds so much umami to this recipe (I don’t use tons so it’s not super fishy) that I never leave it out.

You can certainly replace anchovies with blended capers if you don’t want to use it but it’s worth trying at least once. Using a paste instead of chopped anchovy fillets makes a smoother dressing and I prefer it without little chunks so I generally use the paste but if you happen to have filets on hand, definitely use those!

If you’re really in a time crunch you can most certainly sub in your favorite bottled Caesar salad dressing; either way, this Caesar pasta salad is unforgettably good!

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad features my favorite Caesar Salad ingredients in a delicious homemade dressing. Loaded with lemon, garlic and parmesan, this meal is both  flavorful and filling.

Tips for Caesar Pasta Salad

  • As with all pasta recipes, be sure to salt your pasta water.
  • Any medium pasta shape will work in this recipe.
  • You can use grilled chicken, rotisserie chicken or leftover chicken to make this recipe quick.
  • To make this meal a side dish, leave out the chicken.
  • Homemade dressing is best but you can certainly substitute your favorite bottled caesar salad dressing if you prefer.
  • Bacon or real bacon bits will both work perfectly in this recipe.  Skip the imitation bacon, it will get soggy.

Homemade Herb Croutons is both easy and delish! I whip up a batch and store them for use over the next couple of weeks.

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad is favorite summer pasta salad recipe. Caesar Salad ingredients combined with pasta in a delicious homemade dressing. Loaded with lemon, garlic and parmesan, this meal is both  flavorful and filling.

Parmesan for Caesar Pasta Salad

Caesar Pasta Salad tastes best when using fresh parmesan cheese; you can use a powdered version if that is what you have, but the flavor of fresh parmesan really takes this recipe to the next level of yum! While real fresh parmesan cheese can be a bit pricey, it lasts forever in the fridge and it just a little bit goes a long way since the flavor is intense.

While we do serve this as a summer main dish, you can certainly make it into the perfect potluck side dish by skipping the chicken. I do prefer to toss this pasta salad with dressing right before serving for maximum freshness, but surprisingly the lettuce holds up really well in this salad and if we have leftovers we enjoy it for lunch for a couple of days!

More Perfect Pasta Salads

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

Loaded with the traditional Caesar Salad flavors in a creamy garlic lemon dressing this meal is both flavorful and filling.

  • 3/4 lb penne (or other medium pasta)
  • 2-3 chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • seasoning to taste (I love cajun seasoning)
  • 6 cups romaine lettuce (chopped)
  • 1 cup croutons
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 6 slices bacon (cooked and crumbled)
  • lemon wedges for serving

DRESSING

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (or sour cream)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons anchovy paste
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3-4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • salt & fresh black pepper to taste
  1. Combine all dressing ingredients in a large bowl. Refrigerate.
  2. Cook pasta al dente according to package directions. Run under cold water and drain well.
  3. Season chicken breasts with olive oil and seasoning to taste. Grill over medium heat 4-5 minutes per side or until juices run clear. (165 degrees). Rest until cooled.
  4. Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl. Toss with desired amount of dressing.
  5. Serve immediately.

 

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad is the perfect dish for summer. Loaded with traditional Caesar Salad ingredients in a creamy garlic lemon dressing this meal is both flavorful and filling. I love that can be made ahead of time and served on the hottest of days, offering relief from the heat of the oven! #spendwithpennies #easychickenrecipe #casesardressing #easydressing #easydinners #easymeals
Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad is the perfect dish for summer. Loaded with traditional Caesar Salad ingredients in a creamy garlic lemon dressing this meal is both flavorful and filling. I love that can be made ahead of time and served on the hottest of days, offering relief from the heat of the oven! #spendwithpennies #easychickenrecipe #casesardressing #easydressing #easydinners #easymeals
Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad is the perfect dish for summer. Loaded with traditional Caesar Salad ingredients in a creamy garlic lemon dressing this meal is both flavorful and filling. I love that can be made ahead of time and served on the hottest of days, offering relief from the heat of the oven! #spendwithpennies #easychickenrecipe #casesardressing #easydressing #easydinners #easymeals

Easy Grilled Asparagus (with parmesan)

bbq asparagus with parmesan cheese

Grilled Asparagus is a summer treat, perfect alongside any steak, BBQ chicken or Grilled Pork Chops!  This easy recipe elevates a traditional grilled asparagus by adding a touch of parmesan cheese and a squeeze of grilled fresh lemon.

Easy enough for an everyday meal and amazing enough to wow your guests!grilled asparagus with parmesan cheese

Tender Grilled Asparagus

Asparagus is definitely one of my all time favorite vegetables.  It’s a summertime treat and perfectly grilled until tender crisp, steamed with a touch of butter (or even a runny yolked egg on top) and makes any meal seem just a little bit fancy!

I’m a huge fan of grilling veggies in the summer from grilled zucchini to mixed grilled vegetables!  I love the fact that I don’t have to turn the oven on and even more so, I love the flavor you get from grilling pretty much anything!

Add Extra Flavor

Asparagus is so delicious on it’s own with just a touch of salt and pepper!  When putting the asparagus on the grill, I also slice a lemon in half and add it to the grill too!  This adds a very slightly smoky flavor to the lemon but more importantly, it mellows out the acidity.

The results are a deliciously tangy lemon flavor that’s just slightly less acidic… the perfect compliment to squeeze over this grilled asparagus. While I grill these directly on my barbecue grate, you can certainly place them on a grill pan or tray if you prefer.

Grilled Asparagus with parmesan cheese on white plate

Tips for Cooking Asparagus on the Grill

Grilled asparagus is easy but here are a few of my favorite tips for this recipe:

  • When buying asparagus want to choose bright green stalks with tightly closed tips.
  • Store asparagus in a bag in the refrigerator with the ends wrapped in damp paper towel to keep it fresh longer.
  • When preparing asparagus, hold the bottom end with one hand and the middle of the stalk with the other end and snap off the bottom.  The asparagus will naturally break where the woody section starts on the bottom, discard the bottom portion.
  • Thicker asparagus is easier to grill to tender crisp than thinner asparagus however thinner spears are more tender.
  • To get a little bit of char without overcooking the asparagus, medium-high heat is best.

grilled asparagus with parmesan and a lemon slice being squeezed

Because this takes only minutes to prepare, I usually take my steaks off to rest for a few minutes and then put the asparagus on.  Have the parmesan cheese shredded and ready to go so you can sprinkle it on the asparagus as soon as it comes off the grill, this lets it melt slightly.

More Grilled Side Dishes

Lemon Parmesan Grilled Asparagus

Grilled Asparagus is a summer treat, perfect along side any steak or barbecued chicken dish! This easy recipe elevates a traditional grilled asparagus by adding a touch of parmesan cheese and a squeeze of grilled fresh lemon… easy enough for an everyday meal and amazing enough to wow your guests!

  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
  • 1 lemon (halved)
  • 3-4 tablespoons fresh grated parmesan cheese
  1. Preheat grill to medium high.

  2. Wash asparagus and break off the ends. Toss with olive oil & seasonings.
  3. Place lemon halves (cut side down) and asparagus on the grill 6-8 minutes turning half way.

  4. Remove lemon & asparagus from grill and immediately top with parmesan cheese.  Squeeze grilled lemon over top and serve warm.

 

 

Grilled Asparagus is a summer treat, perfect along side any steak or barbecued chicken dish!  This easy recipe elevates a traditional grilled asparagus by adding a touch of parmesan cheese and a squeeze of grilled fresh lemon... easy enough for an everyday meal and amazing enough to wow your guests!
Grilled Asparagus is a summer treat, perfect along side any steak or barbecued chicken dish!  This easy recipe elevates a traditional grilled asparagus by adding a touch of parmesan cheese and a squeeze of grilled fresh lemon... easy enough for an everyday meal and amazing enough to wow your guests!

Parmesan Cheese Guide

Parmesan cheese is a delicious and distinctively flavored cheese. The salty taste pairs wonderfully with the sweet, acidic flavor of tomato sauce, which is why it is so often used in Italian cooking.

Though we tend to associate it with pasta, parmesan is much more than simply a topping for spaghetti and meatballs. It can be used in a wide variety of ways, can be found in many forms, and does have specific storage needs. Let’s take a minute to cover some basic information about this tasty cheese.

Shredded parmesan cheese on a cutting board

What Is The Difference Between Shredded and Grated Parmesan

Grated parmesan is probably what you are must accustomed to seeing and using. It is grated into a fine, almost powdery, consistency and is often used on pastas. This is also the same parmesan cheese you would see in a pizza parlour to sprinkle on your favorite pizza recipe!

Shredded parmesan is, well, shredded into thin strands. Since parmesan is such a strong hard cheese, we generally use a finer shred. It is a great garnish to Tomato Soup and of course Caesar Salad and adds a distinctive “bite” of pungent flavor and a kick of salt.

How to Choose Parmesan Cheese

Age – As parmesan ages, its fragrance and internal consistency change. Older cheeses have a creamier quality that many experts prefer. Check the pin-dot writing on the side of the wheel to ensure that it is not covered by oblique lines.

Those lines indicate that it is not actually qualified as parmigiano reggiano. If it doesn’t qualify, it has not been aged the necessary 12 months. Aging should range from 18 to 24 months for the best flavor.

Color – The cheese should be the color of straw. It can be a pale beige all the way to a deeper yellow. Color should always be uniform throughout the cheese.

How to Store Parmesan Cheese

Parmesan cheese needs to be stored in a dry place. Slices, shreds or grated cheese that has been vacuum-packed or sealed can be stored in the refrigerator for a period of a few months (I use a Foodsaver vacuum sealer for absolutely everything). If it is NOT vacuum packed, then be sure to allow the cheese to breathe by loosely wrapping the cheese before storing it in the refrigerator. I buy cheese storage bags for more expensive cheeses (like real fresh parmesan) as they seem to keep it fresher longer and cheese is not cheap!

How Long Does Parmesan Cheese Last?

Does Parmesan Cheese Go Bad? Yes, but not as quickly as standard cheese. Unopened parmesan cheese will last from 7 to 9 months in the fridge. Once opened, parmesan cheese will last for about a month.

Shredded parmesan cheese doesn’t last as long as a brick or wheel of it. The package should have a ‘use by’ label to let you know how long it lasts – about 5-7 days after being opened.

So, there you have it! A quick tutorial on an amazing and popular cheese! Now go make a delicious Italian dinner – like shrimp scampi or one pot pasta!

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Parmesan Cheese Shredded on a wooden board

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This guide to parmesan cheese will teach you about shredded and grated parmigano, how to store it, how long parmesan cheese lasts, and how to choose a wheel or brick of parmesan cheese! #spendwithpennies #parmesancheese #cheese #parmigano #parm