Lemon Garlic Tilapia

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Broiled Tilapia with a lemon garlic marinade is quite frankly the easiest and some of the best fish I have ever made.

tilapia with rice and asparagus on blue plate

Broiled Tilapia

The garlicky lemon marinade was absolutely perfect for the tilapia. I can imagine using this marinade again and again with all kinds of different meats.

I was inspired to try broiling tilapia after I saw this recipe over at Mel’s Kitchen Cafe. I’m so glad I tried the broiler because it turned out perfectly. This recipe is a keeper for sure.

How To Broil Tilapia

Tilapia is finished cooking when it flakes apart with a fork and is opaque or white all the way through. Remember that fish will keep cooking once you remove it from the oven, so be sure to remove it a minute or two early.

For those of us in the midwest, Tilapia is a great way to change up meal time and enjoy seafood in a rather budget-friendly way. Tilapia is a freshwater farm-raised fish that is high in protein and considered low in saturated fat.

I have found it to be super simple to prepare and it tastes fantastic with a simple marinade and cooks in less than 10 minutes, sometimes less than 5 minutes. Fast and flavorful, I think we can all agree on the awesomeness of that combination.

tilapia on foil lined tray

How Long to Broil Tilapia

Broiling has become my favorite way to prepare fish. It takes just minutes and (as long as I watch it closely!) it almost always turns out well. If the broiler intimidates you, did you know that you can broil with the oven door open? You may need to add a minute, but it still works beautifully.

Depending on the size of your Tilapia filets broiling for this recipe takes very little time. I have found the sweet spot to be about 4-7 minutes depending on the size and thickness of the filets.

Join Spring Shape Up here! (starts Feb 27)

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Join us for a fun and totally free 2-week fitness event: Spring Shape Up 2023! Details below and you can join here.

Are you ready for a lil fitness motivation and mojo?

Spring Shape Up 2023 is on the way and I’m so pumped to be doing this with you all!!

SSU is one of the best times of the year, and I always look forward to our amazing community, cheering each other on, and sharing some amazing prizes with some lucky participants.

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What is lucky girl syndrome (and is it a healthy mindset to have)?

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Have affirmations and manifestation had a trendy new rebrand? Or is there something more to the new #LuckyGirlSyndrome trend taking over TikTok?

What is lucky girl syndrome (and is it a healthy mindset to have)?

We’re constantly finding new ways to rebrand our habits, experiences, and ourselves. #LuckyGirlSyndrome has taken over as the latest trend, with over 396 million views, as of February 13 2023. In recent times we’ve seen buzzwords like quiet thriving, halo and horn syndrome, and even quiet quitting gain traction. But are these just shiny new words to describe everyday behaviours, habits and reactions? Or is there really something behind the latest trend that can help us to make meaningful changes in our lives?

What is lucky girl syndrome?

Lucky girl syndrome started taking off in popularity in early 2023. Hailed as a new way of manifesting your goals, in essence, it uses affirmations (positive statements that impact how we think and behave) to influence what our minds focus on and to refocus on positive self-talk over negative.

Find out more about what affirmations are and do they really work.

The goal is often centred around having everything work out the way that you’re hoping it will - whether that’s having career opportunities open up, monetary success, or just believing good things will happen to you. Assume success and positive outcomes, and things will start to work out.

Some believe there’s neuroscience behind how lucky girl syndrome works. As some experts have pointed out, lucky girl syndrome can be seen as a rebranding of positive affirmations – a tool known for helping shift our mindsets and achieve specific goals, but not something in and of itself that can act as a magic ‘insta-fix’ or ‘cure-all’.

Regularly practising positive affirmations can help us to trick our brains into thinking we are actually experiencing something. It’s why you might feel more excitement in the run-up and planning stages of a holiday than you do on the actual vacation itself. Or why if you’re really anxious about an interview, creating a mental image of it going well can trick parts of your brain into thinking it has actually had a positive experience. Doing this over and over can help you to avoid self-sabotaging thoughts, behaviours, or habits, helping open you up for success.


Lucky girl syndrome is something that science has proven. This is why setting morning I tensions is so important. #luckygirl Read more

Egg Roll Stir Fry

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All the ingredients we love in classic Chinese Egg Rolls come together in this Egg Roll Stir Fry recipe. This is an irresistible bowl of deconstructed egg rolls and you’re going to love it.

Don’t skip the crispy fried wonton strips on top to give your meal a true egg roll flavor and crunch!

This Egg Roll Stir Fry is everything I love about classic egg rolls in an easy skillet meal!

Egg Roll Skillet

It’s not exactly a secret that I love Chinese food. From Kung Pao Chicken to Egg Drop Soup, very few things make me happier than all those garlicky savory-sweet flavors coming together in one meal.

Most of the time, I prefer to skip the take out order and make my own favorite Chinese inspired recipes at home–it’s usually just as fast and way more budget-friendly.

However, when it comes to egg rolls I don’t always have the time or patience to wrap the filling in individual egg roll wrappers.

That’s where this deconstructed egg roll comes to the rescue! This dish is everything I love about pork egg rolls made in a quick and easy Egg Roll Stir-Fry.

If you could happily eat a whole meal of just egg rolls then you’re going to LOVE this Egg Roll in a Bowl! 

Egg Roll Stir Fry

Deconstructed Egg Rolls

Cooked in a skillet, this easy weeknight meal is exactly what the name suggests: an egg roll unwrapped, deconstructed and served in a bowl.

While you could make a similar eggroll in a bowl with ground beef or ground turkey, I’m partial to the ground pork in this version. The pork is cooked with fresh ginger and garlic for that authentic flavor I can’t get enough of.

The ginger and chili paste in this egg roll stir-fry give the dish a bit of a kick that replicates the best egg rolls from my favorite Chinese restaurants.

Soy sauce and 5-Spice complete the irresistibly savory flavor profile while just a touch of cornstarch helps the sauce thicken up to the perfect texture.

I used a bag of coleslaw mix to make this even quick

Loaded Baked Potatoes with Homemade Cheese Sauce

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Loaded Baked Potatoes with Homemade Cheese Sauce

The baked potatoes get sliced in half, baked in the oven and then loaded with bacon, broccoli and homemade cheese sauce. A super, easy family favorite dish on your table in 30 minutes.

Loaded baked potatoes are a very popular in our house. I mean, who doesn’t love bacon, broccoli, and cheese stuffed in a baked potato? It’s a  glorious combination we just can’t get enough of. It’s also an easy dinner option to feed the family or to feed a crowd. I’d like to know if there’s one person out there who hasn’t had a baked potato bar at a family reunion, girls’ camp, scout camp, church function, etc. You get the point! Cheesy baked potatoes just make people happy!

a photo of a baked potato sliced in half, open, and stuffed with broccoli, bacon crumbles and topped with homemade cheese sauce.

What Do I Need to Make Baked Potatoes?

One of the best things about baked potatoes is that they only take 4 ingredients to make, and they are failproof! Here is what you will need for the potatoes:

  • Russet Potatoes – wash them well, and slice them half
  • Olive Oil – rub it all over the potatoes, this helps them get so nice and crispy
  • Salt and Pepper – adds flavor

Ingredients for Homemade Cheese Sauce

You won’t believe how simple it is to make cheese sauce at home. The ingredients for the base sauce are most likely items you already have at home and the things you add to it are totally up to you…though broccoli and bacon are a dream team with this cheese sauce! Here is what you will need:

  • Whole Milk – it has to be whole milk, don’t use any other type of milk
  • Butter – unsalted, adds flavor and richness
  • Flour – just simple all-purpose works great
  • Sharp Cheddar Cheese – sharp cheddar adds that bold cheesy flavor that shines in this sauce
  • Hot Sauce – adds a just a hint of heat and flavor you don’t want to miss
  • Cayenne Pepper – feel free to add more if you want the cheese to be more spicy
  • Broccoli – steamed and chopped into very small pieces
  • Bacon – cooked until crispy and chopped into small bits
  • Salt and Pepper – add flavor

The measurements for each ingredient and instructions for making this recipe can all be found in the recipe card at the end of the post.

What Potatoes Are Best For Baking?

Starchy potatoes such as Russet and sweet potatoes are best for baking or roasting. They work the best for the dry heat of an oven and end up with a fluffy c