Cilantro Lime Tilapia with Quinoa Recipe

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Cilantro Lime Tilapia with QuinoaWhether you’re eating more fish during Lent or just looking for a delicious, healthy recipe, tilapia is a good way to go. As far as fish is concerned, tilapia definitely has a mild flavor. We’ve been doing lots of experimenting in the kitchen lately with various low-carb, gluten free, paleo, and other just generally healthy recipes. And, this cilantro lime tilapia paired with quinoa made for a perfect healthy dinner option!Cilantro TilapiaIngredients

  • 4-6 tilapia filets
  • juice from 2-3 limes (approx 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 T garlic powder
  • 1 t pepper
  • 1-2 T oil of choice (olive oil or coconut oil)


For the marinade, squeeze juice from 2-3 limes into a small bowl. Turning a fork into the flesh of the fruit while squeezing will help get extra juice and pulp. Remove cilantro leaves from the stems and chop. Add to bowl. Mix lime juice and cilantro with garlic powder and pepper. Pour marinade into a large baggie with the tilapia filets. Let sit for 20 minutes to an hour (depending on how flavorful you’d like your fish).Cilantro Lime Tilapia MarinadeWhile the tilapia marinates, cook the quinoa according to package directions (usually about 20 minutes). Once the quinoa is on to boil, in a skillet pan, sauté the chopped green peppers and onions. I used coconut oil, but you can also use olive oil or even butter.Onions & Bell PepperStir the sauteed vegetables into the quinoa (once the quinoa is done). You can add a little garlic & cilantro to the quinoa if you like as well. Set that aside.Quinoa with sauteed onions & peppersUse the same skillet pan to cook the tilapia. If you’d like the fish to have a little bit extra lime flavor, pour in some of the marinade to the pan. The fish cooks quickly–just a couple of minutes per side. Once cooked through, it’s all done!Tilapia filetsServe the tilapia and quinoa together with a few fresh cilantro leaves! I love the fresh cilantro on this–it tastes delicious with the fish! This recipe should serve (approximately) 4 people. Tilapia & QuinoaDoesn’t it look good? I love that this dish looks fancy & is healthy. But, it contains ingredients that you can find on your normal grocery trip! All of my ingredients were purchased from Smart & Final. Smart & Final Ingredients

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I’m Sara, a mom to three adorable boys living in the Arizona desert. As a former teacher, I love sharing my passions with others. So, have a look around for creative inspiration about cooking, creating, celebrating, traveling with kids, and more everyday mom endeavors!


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