Meals Kids Love: Hannah Stevenson of Lily and Thistle.

Good morning everyone!  I’m so excited for today’s post and the beginning of the Meals Kids Love series. 

My hope is that these posts will give all of us some fresh ideas for our meal planning.  I feel like I make the same meals every week, and the boys won’t eat most of them.  It’s a major victory if all three kids finish their dinners (please tell me I’m not the only one)!  

I couldn’t be more excited to have Hannah from Lily and Thistle as our guest today.  This is one busy lady, but even with all of the adorable paper dolls she creates, she still has time to prepare healthy meals for her family!  

“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.”

— Luciano Pavarotti and William Wright, My Own Story

Hello Everybody!  When Jenny asked if I would contribute to her new series I was so excited.  I have to say though, that it was hard coming up with just one recipe/meal that we love.  
I decided to go with the Lemon Pepper Tilapia and Wild rice dish because:
1. Fish is good and good for you. 
2. This particular meal is so easy it’s almost a crime.
3. My kids eat and eat and eat this…and so does the Man.  We all LOVE this meal.
4. The taste is fresh and light but it is also very filling.
For those who are afraid your kids may not like this because it is fish, give it a try, you may be surprised.  It is so yummy and easy to serve to kiddos but also makes a pretty plate for you and your partner as well.
OK let’s get started shall we?
  • Tilapia Loins (we get ours at Costco…very impressed with the size and quality)
  • Minced Garlic (or crushed fresh garlic cloves or garlic powder)
  • Lemon and Pepper Seasoning
  • Chicken Bouillon (I use the powdered kind but one cube is good too)
  • Fresh lemon (or bottled lemon juice)
  • Wild rice or really any kind of rice

 About a half hour before you start preparing, get your frozen loins out of the freezer and into a tepid water bath (these loins are individually packaged which makes them really nice and easy to thaw)
While they are soaking, you can prep your water for your rice.  My rice calls for 2 and 1/3 cup of water/broth.  I add about a tablespoon of bouillon to this and let it rest.
Measure your rice and when your loins are fully thawed, put your broth into the rice and get it started on the stove top.  It will take about the same time as the loins to cook so I try to get them going pretty close to the same time.
I cover my cookie sheet with foil…just makes clean up easier.  Place your loins on the cookie sheet.  Sprinkle both sides of the loins with your lemon pepper seasoning.
Then cover just the tops of the loins with your minced garlic

Put in in a 350 degree oven for about a half hour
I like to do frozen green beans for the side veggie with this meal.  I just put them in a bowl and put a little salt on them and microwave for about six minutes right before dinner is served.

I cut up a fresh lemon…they’re just pretty.

And this is the finished result.  Yummy!

The girls’ colored Ikea plates have lots of yummy food on them that I know will actually get eaten!
Guess what we’re having for dinner next week?  Doesn’t that look so delish?  Thank you so much for sharing with us, Hannah!   You make it look too good to resist!  

Visit again on Monday for another Meals Kids Love post! 
Bon Appetit! 


  1. Christi says:

    I will be making this! We just had tilapia a couple of days ago, and it was good, but this looks better! I LOVE GARLIC! I love that it is gluten free (if I use gf chicken bouillon), so my daughter can eat it! :)

    Can’t wait to see the rest of the recipes that come through!

  2. Janet says:

    We love Tilapia. This looks yummy.

  3. Kellie says:

    this looks so yummy! looking forward to trying it!

  4. That does sound yummy!
    Hey Jenny, just to let you know that you WON the heart giveaway! Yay for late entries…. check out the blog for details of what info I need and the email address!

  5. we made the tilapia tonight, and it was a hit with my three-year-old! and so easy! my one-year old is so, so picky, and didn’t like the seasoning, i think, but i even liked it, and i’m not really a fish eater. thanks for sharing this recipe – i think we’ll be making this fish again!

  6. what a wonderful idea to sare your kid friendly/favorite dishes! i’d love to share sometime if you have a need. :)

    happy SITS weekend sharefest!


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