WHEW this has been a crazy several days! I have been trying to find a spare minute to cook, photograph, and post all week. I ended up having to use artificial light for these pictures because I kept getting home after dark, and I am writing this at 9:45 pm! Like I said…cray cray week. Craaaaaay.
Okay so before I start going on and on about this DELICIOUS recipe, I need to talk about the next three weeks for a minute. A friend of mine wanted to start the 21 Day Fix, and she asked me to do it with her. At first I was thinking it would be impossible with blogging, but then I decided to go for it and just develop 21 Day Fix friendly recipes.
If you don’t know what 21 Day Fix is, it’s this healthy eating/workout program that is kind of sweeping America right now. It all revolves around eating super healthy food in correct portion sizes. They achieve this by giving you little Tupperware containers for different food groups, blah, blah, blah. Google it! It’s pretty cool. And then you have to do these ridiculous workouts every day. I will say one thing about the workouts: I cannot move my legs. Or body.
They are no joke, people! Anyway, I love eating healthy, and I thought this would be great for the blog! It is kind of hard to find yummy, single-serving 21 Day Fix recipes out there.
So for the next three weeks(ish), I will be posting 21 Day Fix friendly recipes. However, if you aren’t participating in the 21 Day Fix, these recipes are still delicious and healthy and perfect for you! And they will all be easy to double/triple/quadruple (what comes after quadruple??) if you so desire!
For anyone that landed on this page who is participating in the 21 Day Fix, the container amounts will be listed down where the recipe is at the bottom of this post ?.
NOW…enough about that. This tilapia…it is so amazingly, wonderfully, deliciously perfect. The blackening season on the fish adds SO much mouthwatering flavor and gives the fish a crispy exterior.
The perfect pairing for this flavorful, bold blackening seasoning is a fresh, perfectly balanced salsa. Made with cucumbers, jalapeño, red onion, avocado, cilantro, and lime juice, this glorious little mixture gets piled (and by “piled,” I mean heaping, heaping, laaaarge piles) on top of your perfectly cooked, perfectly seasoned fish.
The combination of the crispy, blackened fish and the fresh, bright salsa = the PERFECT BITE. The most perfect bite that ever was bitten. Fo reals.
You will not feel like you are eating healthy in the least when you eat this fish. It tastes just as good as a big, greasy pizza, but you will feel awesome afterwards! Aaaaand now I want pizza. Just because my mind went there for two seconds. #Strug.
Speaking of fish…I very rarely cook seafood on here. I like seafood…I do…I promise. It probably has something to do with the fact that I live smack-dab in the MIDDLE of the country and don’t really trust the seafood here. We are preeeeetty much as land locked as it gets over here in Kansas. Yikes…Then again, I started going to a different grocery store instead of the commissary recently, and their seafood section actually seems pretty legit.
The fish didn’t look like it had just sat outside for an hour and been beaten with a hammer repeatedly before being set out for customer selection.
Yay for more seafood in my future!
For you 21 Day Fix people – this recipe uses the following:
- 1 green container (cucumbers, jalapeños, red onion)
- 1 red container (tilapia)
- 1 blue container (avocado)
- 2 teaspoons (olive oil)
*The spices, lime juice, and cilantro are “free”*
- 1 tilapia fillet
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- For the blackening seasoning:
- ½ teaspoon chili powder
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon pepper
- For the salsa:
- 1 cup finely diced cucumber, peeled and seeds scooped out
- 1 tablespoon finely minced red onion
- ½ jalapeno, seeds and ribs removed, finely minced
- 1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
- ½ avocado, diced into small cubes
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- For the salsa, add the cucumber, red onion, jalapeño, cilantro, and lime juice into a medium bowl. Stir together and season to taste with salt and pepper
- Add your avocado gently - fold it into the salsa so it doesn't mash. You want it to stay in cubes
- Let this sit in the fridge until the fish is ready
- For the blackening seasoning, stir all the spices together in a small bowl
- Lay out your tilapia fillet and season each side with 1 teaspoon of blackening seasoning. Rub the seasoning around with your hands so that it evenly coats both sides of the fish
- Heat a pan over medium-high heat with 2 teaspoons of olive oil
- When the pan is hot, add your fish
- Let it cook until both sides are blackened and the fish is cooked through
- Serve and heap the cucumber avocado salsa on top!
*This recipe is gluten free*
If you make this or any of my other recipes, be sure to Instagram it and hashtag #thegarlicdiaries!
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