Blackened Tilapia with Veggie Quinoa

This is an easy meal that takes 20 minutes to make.  You will need:

  1. Fresh or individually frozen Tilapia filets.  Individually wrapped fish will save you time and defrost quickly.
  2. Quinoa or Rice
  3. Chopped Carrots, Onion, Broccoli, and Green Pepper or vegetables of choice
  4. Apple cidar vinegar, chili powder or Sriracha, cinnamon, cumin, extra virgin olive oil, garlic powder, honey, lemon juice, old bay blackened seasoning, turmeric

  1. Boil 1 cup of Quinoa in 1.5 cups of water for 13-15 minutes.  Quinoa will have an odd ‘tail’ when done.
  2. While the Quinoa is boiling, lightly coat a pan with olive oil and bring to medium heat.
  3. Add Tilapia to pan and season with a coat of blackened seasoning, chili powder, garlic powder, and lemon juice.  Cook for approximately 3 minutes each side.  Fish will be flaky when done.
  4. Lightly coat another pan with olive oil on medium heat and add Vegetables.  Season with two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, tablespoon of honey, and a dash of cinnamon, cumin, garlic powder, sriracha or chili powder, and turmeric.  Stir occasionally and cook until tender – approximately 5 to 10 minutes depending on preference.
  5. Add all together on plate and Enjoy!
  6. Experiment and find the right taste combination for yourself!


Fun facts about Quinoa:

  1. Botanically, Quinoa is not a grain, but a seed belonging to the Goosefoot family. We cook and eat it like a grain, so that’s why it’s known as a grain.
  2. It’s a great source of vitamins & minerals, and is considered a complete protein source (contains all nine essential amino acids).
  3. The crop was sacred to the Incas and referred to it as ‘the mother of all grains’.

Finished Quinoa with odd ‘tails’

 

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