Monday, April 16, 2012

Monday Night Fiesta Talapia and Rice

This is a great simple recipe that I whipped up out of things I had in our fridge- no dreaded after work trips to the the grocery store!

Fiesta Talapia and Rice

Time: 30mins
Difficulty Level: Easy

There are three components to this meal; guacamole, seasoned talapia, and the rice side dish. So let's start with the guac!

2 avocados
1/2 red onion
1 medium tomato
1 jalapeno
1 Tb. lemon juice
1tsp. red pepper flakes
salt & pepper

This recipe is super simple- just combine all the ingredients (except the salt & pepper) in a mixing bowl after chopping up the tomato, onion, and jalapeno.

Use a fork to smash the avocados and mix all of the ingredients together. I hold off on the salt and pepper until everything is mixed and then add it in to taste.

Now its time for the seasoned talapia.

2 talapia fillets
1tsp. cumin
1tsp. cayenne pepper
salt & pepper

I like to make mine in our toaster oven because it takes less time to preheat. Set the heat to 400 degrees.

Cover a pan with tin foil and spray it with cooking spray.
Pat dry the talapia fillets with a paper towel then sprinkle on the cumin, cayenne, salt, and pepper. Cook for 18-20 minutes or until the fish flakes apart with a fork and cooked through. 

The final step is the veggie rice.

Again, this side dish is super simple and relatively healthy. 
1 boil-in-a-bag brown rice
1/2 red pepper
1/2 red onion
1 cup corn
(would be great with fresh corn, but its not in season yet!)
1/3 cup salsa
1/2 Tbs. butter
salt & pepper

Cook the rice according to the directions on the box. Mine was a 10 minute rice so I just had to boil the bag and set the timer. While this is cooking, chop up the red pepper and onion.

Remove the rice and discard the water, then put the onion, pepper, corn, salsa, and butter in the same hot sauce pan that you used for the rice. Saute the veggies until they start to become tender.

Add back in the rice and mix all the yumminess together! You can salt and pepper to taste, but it won't need too much because of the saltiness of the butter.

All done! Just plate and serve- your family will love it and think you spent the night slaving over this dish. Pair with a margarita and make it a real fiesta!

XOXO Katie
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