I’ve been trying to incorporate more protein in my diet.
I have this bad habit of forgetting protein altogether, and subsiding on my favourite foods: vegetables, nuts, fruit and chocolate.
It may be delicious and give me a zingy sugar high, but I also I need some protein to feel my best!
While I normally enjoy a plant-based diet and find my protein from beans, leafy greens and protein powders, I also occasionally like to splurge on some organic meat.
The other night I went to Whole Foods with the intention of roasting an organic chicken for dinner, but when I saw the prices I thought “Helll no.”
Good organic meat comes with a hefty price tag, and while I will always pay extra for quality (and a better environment), my budget was still saying “Helll no” to chicken.
And then I saw 8 big filets of organic wild tilapia fish for 25 dollars and I said “Helll yes!”
Tilapia is a great base fish. It is a light, white fish, that usually comes in thin fillets for a very reasonable price. It’s kind of like the tofu of fish, as it’s taste is very clean and simple, but it takes on seasonings really well. I love using it for fish tacos, bouillabase, or with salads!
I went home and immediately froze 6 filets (that’s 6 more dinners!), marinated the remaining two, and after the sauce had sunk in whipped myself up some spicy tilapia to go with a clean salad.
I finished it off with the piece de resistance: lemons! I squeezed two big lemons all over my fish and salad and puckered up for a delicious home cooked meal.
It was sweet, spicy, and very friendly to my budget!
Spicy Lemon Tilapia
- Olive oil
- Chili powder
- Pink sea salt
- 1/2 onion
- 2 lemons
- Marinate a couple of filets in olive oil and spices, let sit for at least 20 minutes.
- Chop onion and simmer in olive oil until soft.
- Turn the heat up and fry your Tilapia until browned on each side.
- Cover with lid and let steam 5 minutes or until fully cooked.
- Assemble salad.
- Plate your dish and squeeze fresh lemon all over.