Now that I am expecting, my food moods have been all over the board. The scent of certain foods puts me over the edge, so cooking on a regular basis has drifted off. There are days when all I want are two cheeseburgers (bad for me!) and then there days when I feel like making something simple, light and nourishing. Here’s an easy recipe that not only good for you, but inexpensive as well.
- 1 lb of tilapia (4 filets), fresh preferred, not frozen
- Cajun seasoning
- garlic powder
- fresh ground pepper
- juice of 1/2 lemon, other 1/2 cut into wedges for garnish
- olive oil
- Clean and pat dry the fish. Season both sides with Cajun seasoning, garlic powder, pepper and olive oil. Marinade for 30 minutes (or overnight if you can).
- In a medium grill pan on medium high heat, drizzle in the oil and grill the filets two by two. Fish doesn’t take long to cook, so just a few minutes on each side until they are brown and slightly crisp.
- Let cool on a plate and garnish with lemon wedges.
For your mise-en-place, you’ll have 3 different items — the cheddar to add richness, the mango to add sweetness and then the salsa for a fresh citrus balance.
- 1/2 c low fat shredded cheddar
- 1/2 c diced mango
- 1/4 c diced cucumber
- 1/4 c diced cherry tomatoes
- 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
- 1 tbsp fried shallot
- 3 thin slices of jalapeno chopped
- 1/8 c of Pinot Grigio Vinaigrette (or distilled vinegar is fine)
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- Place your cheddar and mango chunks into separate bowls.
- In a small bowl, combine the cucumber, tomatoes, cilantro, fried shallot, jalapeno, lemon juice, vinaigrette, salt, pepper, sugar and garlic powder. Mix and chill for 15 minutes.
- When you’re ready to eat, layer the tilapia, cheddar, mango and salsa on your preferred type of tortilla. I just found a white corn tortilla that is so soft and fresh that makes this all taste great!
- Optional: if you want to, make a fresh guacamole from avocado or add a low fat sour cream to give this even more of a rich flavor. (Just know that you’re adding some calories!)
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes