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    Dinner Series: What’s For Dinner {Part 3}

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    Well, we have finally arrived at our 3rd and final installment of our first ever dinner series: What’s For Dinner! I’ve had so much fun sharing this series with you and I’ve loved hearing all the feedback from people trying (and loving) the recipes!


    If you missed the first two parts, here’s a brief recap! Part 1 was Oven Roasted Broccoli, which we have come to call Broccoli Candy, in our home! The recipe calls for only one bunch of broccoli, but I now double this because everyone’s always asking for seconds! You can read about it here. The second part of the series featured Mom’s Famous Rice. This was a childhood staple with no name in our home other than Mom’s Rice…so that’s what we still call it! A twist on a regular (and often times boring) side dish, you will definitely wow your family with this dish! I’ve also included a quinoa substitute! You can read about that here.


    The last recipe and absolute star of this meal is hands down the pan seared basil fish! We eat this WEEKLY in our home and there are never any complaints about it (it’s actually what’s for dinner tonight in our home!) If you want your kids to eat more fish, THIS is the recipe you want to try. And as if that wasn’t enough to convince you, it takes MINUTES to make! We call this a WIN WIN in our home! The fresh herby-ness of the basil paired with the garlic and parmesan cheese on top of a pan-seared juicy basa fillet…it’s so divine! 


    One word about the fish I use: basa. This should not be confused with bass. This fish is from the catfish family that goes by many different names globally such as river cobbler, pangasius/panga, swai and bocourti. (We have readers all around the world, so I want to give as accurate information as I can!) I found this fish at the grocery store a few years back and I was curious to give it a try. Up until that point, I hadn’t found a white fish that I loved. I found tilapia too flaky, cod too fishy tasting. I was impressed by the size of the fillets and the price point, so I gave it a try. I was SO pleased with the results! Almost ZERO fish smell and taste and the fillets were firm yet still moist after cooked. It actually has a texture much like chicken when cooked. A very hearty fish that is a low-fat source of protein and won’t break the bank! I have made this recipe with a few other kinds of fish as well, my two other close favorites would be haddock and flounder. 

    Pan Seared Basil Fish
    One of the most delicious and quick fish dishes you will make. Packed with flavor and ready in minutes, this budget friendly recipe is sure to be a winner!
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    Prep Time
    5 min
    Cook Time
    5 min
    Total Time
    10 min
    Prep Time
    5 min
    Cook Time
    5 min
    Total Time
    10 min
    1. 1/4 cup chicken broth
    2. 1/4 cup fresh basil, finely chopped
    3. 2-3 tbsp parmesan cheese
    4. 4 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
    5. 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
    6. 1/2 tsp sea salt
    7. Fresh cracked pepper
    8. 4 - 6 basa fillets (or other white fish)
    9. Extra-virgin olive oil cooking spray
    1. In a small bowl, combine broth, basil, parmesan cheese, garlic and salt. Set aside.
    2. Sprinkle fish lightly with a bit of extra salt and fresh cracked pepper.
    3. Heat large nonstick frying pan to medium-high heat. Spray with EVOO cooking spray.
    4. Saute fish for approximately 5 minutes on each side or until it is no longer transparent and flakes with the touch of a fork.
    5. Top fish with a generous amount of the basil sauce and serve!
    Adapted from Cooking Light
    Adapted from Cooking Light
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    Finally (and most excitedly) I have a little present for all of you, as a way of saying “Thanks” for following along! I have made (well, let’s be honest here, my hubby made them) these beautiful PDF’s, each with the recipes from this dinner series. AND the complete grocery list to make this entire meal! AND it’s yours…for FREE! Now who doesn’t love free stuff?! Just click under the pictures below to download the files, save it to your computer, print and viola! We know how difficult meal planning can be, especially with picky eaters, so we’ve taken the work out of it for you, at least for one night, with this complete meal! Why not share it with your other friends too and let us know how you liked it?!










                                                Oven Roasted Broccoli PDF                               Pan Seared Basil Fish PDF










                                            Mom’s Famous Rice PDF                                       What’s For Dinner-Grocery List PDF

    Thanks again friends for following along! My hope and prayer is that these recipes will inspire you to cook healthy, delicious meals for family that are stress-free and loved by all!

    [Tweet “”What’s For Dinner” 3 Part Series with Printable Recipes & Grocery List #amidstthechaos”]

    Love & Blessings,




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  • Reply Kathy March 18, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    Okay, Christine, this was a KILLER tasting meal! And I loved all of the dishes together too…the quinoa, the fish and the broccoli really complimented and felt like a complete meal. So good! Thank you!

    • Reply Christine March 22, 2015 at 8:50 am

      You’re welcome! So glad you enjoyed it and got to try it! xox

  • Reply Scott March 23, 2015 at 11:41 am

    I’ve seen swai in the stores but haven’t tried it yet. We like almost all types of white fish, except for catfish, so we’d probably like this too.

    • Reply Christine March 23, 2015 at 11:44 am

      It is delicious! Hope you enjoy!

  • Reply Janella Panchamsingh March 23, 2015 at 11:49 am

    Basa was one of my favourites to eat. You can pair it with just about everything and it tastes amazing. Im going to have to try these recipes

    • Reply Christine March 24, 2015 at 9:24 pm

      Agreed…such a versatile fish! Let me know how you like it! xox

  • Reply Lana @ The Joy Blog March 24, 2015 at 11:52 am

    Seriously these recipes sound soooo goood. I want to make that fish ASAP. Thanks for the recipes!

    • Reply Christine March 24, 2015 at 12:20 pm

      It really is delicious! Let me know how it turns out! xox

  • Reply Cheyenne March 25, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    Ohhhhh, I am starving now! I LOVE broccoli so much!!!!

    • Reply Christine March 25, 2015 at 9:12 pm

      It’s SO good! Had it again for dinner tonight! Enjoy! xox

  • Reply Alesha @ Full Time Mama March 28, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    I can’t eat fish but my husband would love this! I love basil so I’m sure I’d love a chicken version of this. 😉 Thank you for sharing with us at Delicious Dish Tuesday!

    • Reply Christine April 9, 2015 at 3:49 pm

      It would be fabulous with chicken as well Alesha!

  • Reply Amy@HomeRemedies March 31, 2015 at 9:50 am

    These recipes look delicious! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Talented Tuesdays! I’m printing out my copies right now!

    • Reply Christine March 31, 2015 at 1:11 pm

      That’s awesome Amy! My pleasure! Please let me know how they turn out for you! xox

  • Reply Scott April 13, 2015 at 10:15 am

    I haven’t tried basa (swai) yet. I usually gravitate towards tilapia or cod for our whitefish. Will have to try it!

    • Reply Christine April 14, 2015 at 9:55 pm

      It’s really good! Let me know how you like it Scott!

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