Lemon-Caper Tilapia with Orzo, Zucchini & Peppers

Lemon-Caper Tilapia

with Orzo, Zucchini & Peppers

35 MIN
4 Servings
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    For an easy take on classic Italian piccata, we’re cooking flaky tilapia in a lemony butter sauce cooked with capers. It’s a bright finish to a simple bed of orzo pasta, tossed with bites of verdant zucchini and crisp bell peppers.
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    WW Recommended 600 Calories Or Less
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      520 Cals (est.)
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    Lemon-Caper Tilapia with Orzo, Zucchini & Peppers
    Title
    • 4 Tilapia Fillets
    • ½ lb Orzo Pasta
    • 2 Zucchini
    • 2 cloves Garlic
    • 2 Red, Yellow, Or Orange Bell Peppers
    • 1 Lemon
    • 1 bunch Parsley
    • 1 oz Butter
    • 2 Tbsps Crème Fraîche
    • 1 Tbsp Capers
    • 1 Tbsp Verjus Blanc
    • 1 Tbsp Weeknight Hero Spice Blend (Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Smoked Paprika & Whole Dried Parsley)
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    Prepare the ingredients
    1 Prepare the ingredients

    Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Quarter the zucchini lengthwise, then cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces. Cut off and discard the stems of the peppers. Quarter lengthwise; remove the ribs and seeds, then thinly slice crosswise. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Halve the lemon crosswise; squeeze the juice into a bowl, straining out the seeds. Roughly chop the parsley leaves and stems.

    Cook the pasta
    2 Cook the pasta

    Add the pasta to the pot of boiling water. Cook, uncovered, 7 to 9 minutes, or until tender. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot. 

    Cook the vegetables & finish the pasta
    3 Cook the vegetables & finish the pasta

    Meanwhile, in a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the zucchini pieces in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the sliced peppers and chopped garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly softened. Add the verjus (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until the liquid has cooked off. Turn off the heat. Transfer to the pot of cooked pasta. Add the crème fraîche and a drizzle of olive oil; stir to thoroughly combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Cover to keep warm. Wipe out the pan. 

    Cook the fish & serve your dish
    4 Cook the fish & serve your dish

    Pat the fish dry with paper towels; season on both sides with salt, pepper, and the spice blend. In the same pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned fish. Cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until browned (if the pan seems dry, add a drizzle of olive oil before flipping). Flip and cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the butter, capers, and lemon juice (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, constantly spooning the sauce over the fish, 1 to 2 minutes, or until coated and cooked through.* Turn off the heat. Serve the cooked fish and sauce over the finished pasta. Garnish with the chopped parsley. Enjoy!

    *An instant-read thermometer should register 145°F.

    Tips from Home Chefs

    Prepare the ingredients
    1 Prepare the ingredients

    Fill a medium pot 3/4 of the way up with salted water; cover and heat to boiling on high. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Quarter the zucchini lengthwise, then cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces. Cut off and discard the stems of the peppers. Quarter lengthwise; remove the ribs and seeds, then thinly slice crosswise. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. Halve the lemon crosswise; squeeze the juice into a bowl, straining out the seeds. Roughly chop the parsley leaves and stems.

    2 Cook the pasta

    Add the pasta to the pot of boiling water. Cook, uncovered, 7 to 9 minutes, or until tender. Turn off the heat. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot. 

    Cook the pasta
    Cook the vegetables & finish the pasta
    3 Cook the vegetables & finish the pasta

    Meanwhile, in a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the zucchini pieces in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the sliced peppers and chopped garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly softened. Add the verjus (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until the liquid has cooked off. Turn off the heat. Transfer to the pot of cooked pasta. Add the crème fraîche and a drizzle of olive oil; stir to thoroughly combine. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Cover to keep warm. Wipe out the pan. 

    4 Cook the fish & serve your dish

    Pat the fish dry with paper towels; season on both sides with salt, pepper, and the spice blend. In the same pan, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned fish. Cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until browned (if the pan seems dry, add a drizzle of olive oil before flipping). Flip and cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the butter, capers, and lemon juice (carefully, as the liquid may splatter). Cook, constantly spooning the sauce over the fish, 1 to 2 minutes, or until coated and cooked through.* Turn off the heat. Serve the cooked fish and sauce over the finished pasta. Garnish with the chopped parsley. Enjoy!

    *An instant-read thermometer should register 145°F.

    Cook the fish & serve your dish
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