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need quick advice making something with beans, fish, spicy bbq sauce

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So I am an utter newbie to cooking and I am just trying new things. I want to make something easy (just baked or cooked on the stove in a pot). I was going to bake the fish (Tilapia) and make a baked potato. I wanted to make some sort of easy side beans. I have organic tri colored beans in a can and a really yummy spicy bbq sauce. I'm trying to stay on the healthy side so not a whole lot if any sugar/butter/oil. thanks=)

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  1. With no intention of ruining your intended menu, pairing tri-colored beans with potato is far too much starch for the meal. You need a veggie side dish, not another starch.
    However, with respect to the beans, you could easily combine them with the bbq sauce (and add some chopped onion) and simply heat through. Perhaps allow them to simmer for ten minutes or so, but canned beans don't usually require much more than heating through. You might also use some of the bbq sauce on baked potato and/or the fish. Try putting the fish on a sheet of aluminum foil that's been coated lightly with olive oil and putting some chopped onion, chopped celery and a sprinkle of paprika on top. Drizzle a small amount of olive oil over the top, wrap the fish in the foil and bake at 350 degrees for about ten to fifteen minutes. It's a simple dish that is sure to please. If you like you can open the foil packet and continue cooking the fish for the last five minutes of cooking time to brown it slightly.
    You could heat some of the bbq sauce and add some shredded cheese, leaving it just long enough over low heat and stir until the cheese melts completely and use that as a topping for your baked potato. Embellish with a dollop of sour cream if you have it.

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    1. re: todao

      sounds great. Silly as it sounds I think all I was really craving was the sour cream part of the baked potato=) but if you think it will taste good without I will give it a shot=)

      1. re: novicecrafter0608

        On the contrary, if you like sour cream use it. I was simply trying to work something out with the ingredients you had listed so you wouldn't have to stray too far from what you had originally thought of. Using the bbq sauce on the Tilapia just didn't work for me so the baked potato seemed like the best place to apply it. If you're adventurous, wrap the Tilapia in the foil with a drizzle (a little bit) of the bbq sauce on it. It might work out; but I wouldn't try it if company were joining me for dinner.
        One more point. With respect to my earlier post. If you don't use the bbq sauce on the fish, try putting about 1/2 - 1 teaspoon of lemon juice on it instead of of the olive oil just prior to wrapping it up. Tilapia is pretty high in Colesterol.

        1. re: todao

          Queston todao, on your comment about Tilapia containing cholesterol: did you mean to imply that lemon juice has cholesterol cutting abilities or was the comment regrding same just random Tilapia info?
          Serious inquiry; maybe you know something about an acid/cholesterol link I don't.