Mediterranean Baked Swai or Tilapia Recipe and One Year Blogiversary Taste of Home Cookbook Giveaway!

Wow, one year blogging already?? I cannot believe how fast that time flew by! I initially started this as a book review blog, but soon added recipes due to my love of cooking. Friends and family always wanted recipes I've cooked, but I never wrote them down. It was a challenge at first, measuring and writing everything down, but I soon caught the hang of it. Pictures are a whole different story. I look at some of my first pictures and want to laugh at how basic they are! It's not easy taking food pics and thanks to my sister Shannon, who is a photographer, my images have become so much better! I am so glad to have each and every one of you follow me throughout my cooking, reading and reviewing adventures and I hope you find lots of things here you love!!

I have been a huge fan of Taste of Home for many years. I always looked through their magazines as a teen when my Mom would get them in the mail, and have loved them ever since! This recipe came from the Taste of Home Cookbook! This cookbook is a huge hard cover binder filled with hundreds of recipes. I love this book and always know I can find a great recipe within it's pages! One of you lucky readers will have a chance at winning your very own copy!! You can find the rafflecopter entry form at the bottom of this post. Giveaway starts August 31, 2012 and ends September 7, 2012! Good luck!

One of the recipes I found in this book was for Mediterranean Baked Fish. Tilapia was the fish I decided to use. I cannot say enough great things about how this recipe turned out! Both my daughter and I cleared our plates! All of the flavors mesh well together and the fish turns out so flaky and juicy from the tomatoes and lemon. I made a couple minor changes from the original such as adding more garlic. I always need more garlic, haha! This is definitely a recipe I will make again! Enjoy!!

Mediterranean Baked Tilapia (print recipe)

What you need:
1 cup leeks, thinly sliced (white part only)
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons olive oil
12 large fresh basil leaves
1 1/2 pounds Tilapia fillets
2 roma tomatoes, sliced
10 green olives
1 medium lemon, half of it sliced
salt and pepper, to taste


Preheat oven to 425 degrees. 

In a medium skillet, saute leeks and garlic in olive oil until tender. Set aside. Coat a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray.

Arrange basil in a single layer in the bottom of the dish, top with fish fillets. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Top with leek mixture. Arrange tomatoes and olives over fish. Place the thinly sliced lemon on top and squeeze juice from remaining half of lemon all over the top. Sprinkle with additional pepper.

Cover and bake for 15-20 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

Now for the giveaway!

Giveaway details:
Giveaway starts August 31, 2012 and ends September 7, 2012. The winner will be announced and emailed on September 8, 2012. One lucky reader will win the New and Revised Taste of Home Binder Cookbook. Winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter and notified by email. Winner has 48 hours to reply to my email, and if no reply is made within that time, Rafflecopter will choose another winner. This giveaway is open to United States residents only. If you have any questions, please contact me at hoteatsandcooloreads (at) gmail (dot) com. Thanks for entering!

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On the blog...
One year ago: Book Review: If These Walls Could Talk by Bettye Griffin

This recipe was shared at:
Leek Blog Hop at Katherine Martinelli
Gluten Free Fridays at Vegetarian Mamma
Strut Your Stuff Saturday at Six Sisters Stuff
Foodie Friday at Simple Living
Weekend Potluck at Sunflower Supper Club
Foodie Friends Friday at A Lil Country Sugar
Fantastic Thursday at Five Little Chefs
Thursdays Treasures at Recipes for my Boys
Creative Thursday at Michelle's Tasty Creations
Full Plate Thursday at Miz Helen's Country Cottage
Whatcha Whipped Up Wednesday at DJ's Sugar Shack
Recipe Linky at Newlyweds
Cast Party Wednesday at Lady Behind the Curtain
Totally Tasty Tuesdays at Mandy's Recipe Box
All My Bloggy Friends at Love Bakes Good Cakes
Tuesday Talent Show at Chef in Training
Manic Monday at Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen
Mealtime Monday at Couponing and Cooking
The Bulletin Board at Mrs Happy Homemaker
Mix it Up Monday at Flour Me With Love
Scrumptious Sunday at Addicted to Recipes
Church Supper at Everyday Mom's Meals


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  1. I still need to try your Slow Cooker Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork Sandwiches with the Coleslaw! Great giveaway btw - I love Taste of Home, too!

    1. Congratulations on one year, Sheena - I still have a little ways to go! :)

    2. Thanks so much Jamie!! This last year has gone so fast! Those Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork sandwiches are a favorite for us!

  2. Congrats on your blogiversary! I would love to try your Slow Cooker Barbequed Beans With Ground Beef and Bacon Recipe. Sounds great!

  3. I would like to try the Potato Chip Chicken! It sounds so interesting and good. Maybe for dessert the Magic Crust Custard Pie. Congratulations on your one year!

    1. Your will love both of them, especially the pie! Thanks so much and good luck!!

  4. There are so many I want to try it is hard for me to narrow down.

    Thank you,

    Ollie Moss

  5. This looks delicious!I will have to use this the next time I entertain my in laws b/c they love tilapia. Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Have a blessed week & Happy Labor Day. Oh, and GREAT giveaway! I'd love to win this. Love Taste of Home ~EMM

    1. They would love this recipe! It was too good!! Good luck Krista! :)

  6. Looks positively divine. Love a Mediterranean meal.

  7. I would like to try the Chocolate no-bake cookies as I have never seen anything like that before. Thanks.

  8. would like to try the garlic mashed potatoes recipe

  9. It would be a really tough choice! You have some fantastic recipes on here... can you tell I have a hard time making up my mind??

  10. What a great recipe and a great giveaway. I came over from FiveLittleChef's and I'm excited to see more of your recipes

  11. I definitely have to try the Balsamic Chicken and Gravy and Baby Bellas. Everything we like all in one meal! Yum!

  12. Congratulations Sheena! You have a great blog and I have sure enjoyed blogging with you this past year and look forward to many more!! We would just love the Baked Tilapia, it looks delicious. Your recipe is awesome! Hope you have a great weekend and thanks for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  13. Thanks so much for stopping by again and sharing with us at Foodie Friends Friday! Keep up the good work and Happy 1 year Blogiversary!!

  14. Hi there, the September edition of Books You Loved has now posted. Here is the link Books You Loved September Edition Please do pop by and link in a post about a book you loved. Maybe this one? Cheers

  15. Hi! This looks absolutely delicious! I found you at the Six Sisters' Link party and would love for you to share them at my link party at . See you at the party!

    1. Thanks for the invite Lindsay! I missed this one, but now following you via GFC so I can catch the next party! Thanks!

  16. Your recipe is being featured as a most popular recipe on Newlyweds recipe Linky this week. Thanks so much for joining in.

  17. Sheena,
    Congrats on the blogaversary! Mine is just around the corner. This recipe looks delish. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful week.

  18. I love tilapia. I will have to try this one!! Thanks so much for linking up to Tasty Thursdays on The Mandatory Mooch!! I hope you will link up again. The party will be live tonight.

    Thanks, Nichi

  19. Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! Its awesome bloggers like you that make our party wonderful! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :) See you next Friday! Cindy from


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