Sunday, March 29, 2015

Blackened Tilapia with Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Marinated Tomatoes


This collection of recipes goes way back for our family but they have weaved their way in and upgraded over the years. Back in the day, when I was struggling with my weight, I did a round of HCG. The diet portion of that protocol (which is the reason people get results by the way, 500 cals a day will drop fat like crazy but it does not teach you how to maintain it) calls for a very strict regiment of certain foods and certain vegetables. I really came to love brussels sprouts at that time and these marinated tomatoes and blackened tilapia popped up then too. My kids even love these recipes. But I have changed them over time into something a little more tasty and less "diet-ish" and now they are just good eats!

So it cracked me up the other day when I had left a note for the husband with fish defrosting in water in the sink that I was making tilapia and brussels sprouts for dinner, the kids were SO excited. I mean, excited and exclaimed "YES! Tilapia and brussels sprouts!" Made my heart sing! Haha!

Blackened Tilapia

Serves 4

The stuff:
1 1/2 tsp paprika
1 1/2 tsp coconut sugar (you can sub brown sugar)
1 tsp oregano, dried
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp chili powder (or cayenne or red pepper flake)
4 tilapia fillets (approx 6 oz per fillet)
1 lime, quartered
Olive oil

What you do:
Combine all the spices and rub on each side of the tilapia fillets. Preheat a large non-stick pan over med-high heat with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil. Cook tilapia 3 minutes on each side until it flakes. Squeeze lime over fish and serve.


Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Serves 4

The stuff:
18 oz baby brussels spouts (I like the frozen packages over fresh)
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper


What you do:
Preheat oven to 400F. Spray a large cookie sheet with nonstick spray. Toss brussels sprouts in a large bowl (or plastic bag) with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread out in the pan and roast for 20-30 minutes, tossing once halfway through.


Marinated Tomatoes

Serves 2

The stuff:
1 container grape tomatoes
1 tbsp yellow mustard (I use French's)
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp stevia (or other sweetener)
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

What you do:
Mix everything but the tomatoes in a medium bowl. Add in tomatoes. Even better the next day! (These remind me of eating the tomatoes off your hamburger for some reason!)


Nutritional Stats per Serving


Blackened Tilapia

calories 180
Total Fat 3 g
Total Carbohydrate 4 g
Protein 32 g

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

116 cals
7 g fat
12 g carbs
4 g protein

Marinated Tomatoes

17 calories
0 g fat
4 g carbs
1 g protein

X- Liss