Oh man, how this one simple question can so haunt us with pressure, frustration, guilt, and a zillion other feelings. While it may seem easier to grab the most convenient bag of fast food on your way home, you certainly won’t feel as healthy or energetic doing that — and likely won’t be as happy with the associated weight gain either.

Instead, we Boomers need a quick-and-easy way to also stay healthy and feeling our best. To fuel our bodies with nutrition instead of pushing the so-called easy button… and BoomerSmarts Cooking is where it’s at!

BoomerSmarts Cooking in no way intends to add more pressure, frustration, guilt, or those other negative feelings when suggesting or showing examples of how to do it smarter and easier and also, I might add, healthier and cheaper.

So on this BoomerSmarts Cooking post, we are preparing a simple, fast, and delicious dinner of tilapia and fresh Mozzarella & tomato salad. Cooking in season is so “smart for us Boomers” as we get the best of the best of what is fresh, economical, and of course, yummy!

This post is a special sneak preview of a local television appearance I’ll be making later in the week. Be sure to tune in and watch me prepare this recipe with KSN-TV’s Barbara Baan for her “Baan Appetit” segment airing Thursday at noon… I’m very much looking forward to taping the segment with her tomorrow and will post a video link after it airs!

You can also check out more great cooking tips and recipes in our BoomerSmarts Cooking category!

This recipe for the tomato salad comes from my friend Linda, who supplies me with fresh basil. She says she will often just have this salad for her dinner as it is complete with protein and veggies.

Also, after she comes home from working all day, this salad totally fits the bill for something light, fast, and healthy for her dinner. A BoomerSmart girl for sure!

Pan Grilled Tilapia Filets

One tilapia filet for each person

Olive oil (about 2 tablespoons)

Seasoning of choice (examples: seasoned salt, fresh or dried dill, oregano, lemon pepper)

Fresh lemon

Pinch of salt

Wash and pat dry tilapia filets

Brush lightly with olive oil

Sprinkle with seasoning of choice

Heat olive oil on med / high depending on cook top

Brown tilapia on each side JUST UNTIL BROWN!

Squeeze fresh lemon on each filet

Turn off heat and cover with foil. This is infusion cooking and it is my new best friend in the kitchen. 🙂

Let sit while finishing salad or setting plates & etc.

Fresh Tomato, basil, and Mozzarella salad

1 – 2 fresh tomatoes depending on size

Fresh Mozzarella

Fresh Basil washed and pat dry ( can use dried )

1 – 2 tsp olive oil optional

Balsamic vinegar

Wash and thickly slice fresh tomatoes

slice fresh cheese

layer tomato, cheese, basil on platter and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar