If you feel like you’re in a rut with your weeknight meals, try something a little different. Be adventurous! I was feeling a little bored with my typical weeknight dinners, and made the choice to pair some ingredients that I would not ordinarily put together. The result was delicious! Who would guess that tilapia and sweet potatoes would be such a delightful combination!
- 4 small filets of tilapia, boneless
- 2 Roma tomatoes
- 2 large roasted sweet potatoes
- 1 can black beans
- 2 cups mixed greens
- 1 lemon
- 1 Tb. olive oil
- vinegar to taste if desired for mixed greens
- 1 Tb. paprika
- Your favorite salsas to taste
Serves: 2 hungry people/4 normal people
I frequently roast sweet potatoes on Sunday nights so that I can eat them during the week. Sweet potatoes are amazing! If you roast them ahead of time, you can have them ready for dozens of very exciting recipes. Coat a baking sheet with tin foil, put your sweet potatoes on the baking sheet and then roast at 425 degrees for 40 minutes. That’s it! They’re roasted!
The first thing that you’ll want to do is cook the fish. Put a cast iron skillet on the stove top and turn it to high. Add 1 Tb. of olive oil. While the oil is heating up, season one side of the fish with 1/2 Tb. Paprika and 1/2 of a lemon’s juice. Add the fish to the pan, seasoned side down and cook on high for two minutes. While the fish is cooking, season the other side with paprika and juice from the other lemon half (you can squeeze with a juicer or just squeeze it with your hand!) After two minutes, flip, and cook for two more minutes. The fish will be flaky and white when it’s cooked. Tilapia filets are usually very thin and cook exceptionally quickly.
While the fish is cooking, heat up some black beans on the stove. If you’d like, throw a splash of hot sauce on the beans while they’re cooking. I like my beans to have a little but more flavor and spice, so I always add hot sauce.
While the fish is cooking, put some mixed greens in a bowl, add dressing if you want (maybe just a splash of olive oil and your favorite vinegar) and cut up some tomatoes:
Then, plate your sweet potatoes, tomatoes and mixed greens:
Add your fish, salsa to taste, and you’ve got a meal!
And with very little effort and skill, you have a very delicious, healthy meal!