There is a long-running debate in my head about the wisdom and responsibilities of eating fish, since it’s both good for me and potentially bad for me and the earth. I haven’t landed on an ideology, so I’m just trying to eat the best fish I can find for a few meals per month. I had a simple and healthy recipe based around Tilapia, found “Tilapia” that Costco claimed to be responsibly acquired, and bought enough for 2 family meals. The first meal I made follows. Tilapia was heartily consumed by the 3 adults at this meal, and generally rejected by the kids, but they had extenuating circumstances (don’t they always?). I really liked the quinoa, but one man at the table had never heard of it and only reluctantly tried a bite (similar to what happens with my kids on a regular basis). I served it with steamed green beans. I’ll make it again.
Tilapia and Quinoa with Feta and Cucumber
Great for: Quick family dinner
Prep: 5 minutes
Quinoa: 20 Minutes
Fish: 8-10 minutes
1# boneless, skinless tilapia fillets, divided into 8 pieces
¾ t paprika
1C English cucumber (6oz), peeled and diced
1/3 C feta (1.5oz), crumbled
1/3 C roughly chopped, fresh dill (optional, as I don’t like dill)
2t fresh lemon juice
In a small saucepan, bring quinoa, 2C water and 1t salt to a boil over high heat. Reduce to medium simmer and cook until water evaporates, about 15 minutes.
Transfer Quinoa to a medium bowl and let stand 5 minutes
Ina large, non-stick skillet, heat 1.5toil over medium-high. Pat fish dry and season with salt, pepper and paprika.
Cook fillets until opaque throughout, about 4 minutes, flipping halfway through.
Stir cucumber and feta (and dill), 1t oil, and lemon juice into quinoa. Season with salt and pepper.
Serve plated, or family –style (as I did).
What are your favorite fish meals? Have a fish-eating quandary or resolution to share? Let me know in the comments.