Baked Costa Rican-Style Tilapia with Pineapples, Black Beans and Rice

This recipe was a hit at a small get together at our house this past Sunday. Baked Costa Rican-Style Tilapia with Pineapples, Black Beans and Rice 

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Jasmine Rice
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Stevia
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 (5 to 7-ounce) tilapia fillets, rinsed and patted dry
  • 2 cups jarred or homemade tomato salsa
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups diced fresh pineapple
  • 2 limes, thinly sliced

Directions:

Combine the rice and chicken broth in a pot over medium heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook until the rice is tender and has absorbed all of the liquid, about 20 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the orange juice, lime juice, oil, 2 tablespoons of the cilantro, the garlic, and sugar; season with salt and pepper. Add the tilapia fillets to the marinade, turning to coat. Marinate in the refrigerator for 20 minutes, turning occasionally.

Stir together the cooked rice, salsa, beans, pineapple, and remaining 2 tablespoons of the cilantro in a 2 or 3-quart baking dish. Remove the tilapia from the marinade, reserve the marinade, and lay the fish fillets over the rice mixture, overlapping if necessary. Pour the reserved marinade over the fish. Shingle the lime slices over the fish. Bake until the fish flakes easily, is opaque, and cooked through, 25 to 30 minutes. Garnish with chopped cilantro before serving


Mojo Sauce to spice up your tacos & burritos :)

Mojo Sauce to spice up your tacos & burritos :)

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Ingredients:

Mojo Sauce:

4 garlic cloves

1 can of serrano chilies

1 large handful fresh cilantro leaves

Juice 1 Lemon

Juice 1 orange

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

Make the Mojo Sauce: 

Put the garlic, chilies, cilantro, lime juice, orange juice, and olive oil into a food processor and

 process

 until smooth.

 Salt & Pepper to Taste.

Amazing Fish Tacos

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Ingredients

  • 1 lime
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/2 sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 cups green or red cabbage, sliced into narrow strips
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound tilapia fillets
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 small whole wheat tortillas
  • 1 avocado, cut into 8 long slices

Directions

1. Cut lime in half. Squeeze juice from half and slice other half into 4 thin wedges. In a bowl, combine tomatoes, cilantro, jalapeno, onion, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and half the lime juice.

2. In another bowl, mix together yogurt, mayonnaise, and remaining lime juice. Combine cabbage and 2 tablespoons of yogurt sauce in another bowl; reserve extra sauce.

3. Heat olive oil in a large pan. Sprinkle tilapia with chili powder, black pepper, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt; cook 3 minutes. Turn; cook 2 minutes more.

4. Place 2 tortillas, 1 lime wedge, and 1/4 of the tilapia on each plate. Serve with salsa, cabbage, avocado, and sauce.

Nutrition facts per serving: 278 calories, 22g protein, 23g carbohydrate, 12g fat (2.2g saturated), 5g fiber