A typical Florentine is meat or fish served atop a bed of spinach. We wanted to make it more fun – or at least more tasty – so our spinach is freshened up with creamy ricotta, roasted shallots, and lemon zest. It’s served over the flaky tilapia with a side of almond-tossed green beans and thyme-roasted tomatoes. Hello-ooooo, yum!
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You Will Need
Medium Non-Stick Pan
Prepare The Ingredients
Throughly rinse produce and pat dry. Peel and mince shallot. Halve Roma tomato lengthwise. Trim ends from green beans. Stem thyme. Stem and mince parsley. Zest and halve lemon. Mince lemon zest. If you don't have a zester you can use a peeler to remove the outer zest of the lemon, avoiding the "pith", or white layer underneath the zest, as it carries a bitter flavor.
Prepare Spinach-Ricotta Mixture
Heat 1 tsp. olive oil in a medium non-stick pan over medium heat. Add shallot (to taste) and cook 1-2 minutes. Add spinach and cook for 2 minutes, or until just wilted. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate and blot with additional paper towels to remove excess liquid. Let spinach cool slightly. Chop cooled spinach and combine with ricotta and half the lemon zest in a mixing bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper and refrigerate until ready to plate. Wipe pan clean.
Cook the Roma Tomato
Return pan to medium-high heat. Season cut side of tomatoes with a pinch of salt and pepper. Heat 1 tsp. fresh olive oil in pan used for spinach and add tomatoes cut-side down. Cook 2 minutes until browned. Flip and sprinkle with thyme leaves. Continue cooking 3-5 more minutes until beginning to soften. Transfer to a plate, wipe pan clean, and return to medium-high heat.
Cook the Tilapia
Add 1 tsp. olive oil to pan. Blot tilapia dry with a paper towel and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Add to pan and cook 3-4 minutes on first side until evenly browned. Flip carefully and cook on second side 5 more minutes, until internal temperature reaches 145 degrees. Transfer to plate with tomatoes. Wipe out pan and return to medium-high heat.
Cook the Green Beans
Add 2 Tbsp. water, green beans and a pinch of salt to pan. Bring to a boil, cover, and steam green beans 2-3 minutes until vibrant green in color and tender. Drizzle with 1 tsp. olive oil and toss with sliced almonds to warm through. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
Plate the Dish
Arrange green beans and roasted Roma tomatoes on a plate. Place tilapia in front and top with spinach-ricotta mixture. Garnish with remaining lemon zest, minced parsley, and half lemon.
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