To prepare a dish like this, I start by washing my veggies and cutting them up. You can use whatever vegetables you want - they will most likely taste great together. Meanwhile, I have a skillet on the stove with about ½ teaspoon of coconut oil getting hot.
While I’m waiting on the oil to heat up, I marinated my tilapia fillets in a teriyaki sauce by letting them soak in a tupperware. I used gluten-free Annie Chung’s teriyaki marinade. - it has 25 calories, 5g carbs, 4gs sugar, 330 mg sodium & 1g protein per tablespoon. You don’t need more than 2 tablespoons for this entire dish. I also added a drop of rice wine vinegar to this marinade.
Back on the stove - once the coconut oil is completely liquified and hot, I add the veggies to the skillet and slowly cook them at a medium heat, using a wooden spoon to toss them. I added a light sprinkle of cayenne pepper and ground ginger. If you prefer super seasoned veggies, this won’t do it for you - add some marinade (very very light amount) to the skillet if you want more flavor.
Once the veggies are cooked, I set them aside. DO not cook them to the point that they are fully done, as the heat & steam will continue to cook them, so take them off heat when they are close but not yet there. We don’t want soggy veggies deprived of ALL of their nutrients, right?
Next, use the same skillet to cook the tilapia. I added a half teaspoon of coconut oil to the skillet and cook the tilapia for about 4.5 minutes, flip it, cook another 4.5 minutes and you’re done with you get that nice flakey white fish to look picture perfect.
I serve the veggies and tilapia on a bed of red cabbage - it’s a nice, fresh texture. I put a few slices of fresh radishes on top of all of it … it just makes for a colorful, fun and healthy dish with a variety of fresh veggies but it’s not necessary or culinarily cohesive by any means.
Tilapia is a great fish to cook with! It’s very inexpensive, I got both fillets for a total of $4.26 at Sprouts and the piece in the picture is only about ½ of a fillet. I didn’t go to the market looking specifically for tilapia, I got it because the fillets were very fresh. The fish market is usually a gamble - you never know exactly what is available, go for whatever is freshest!
I don’t usually follow recipes exactly as they are written verbatim, I make my own variations and learn by trial and error. I use recipes as inspiration and a guide for great meals. You should too! Go with your gut when you’re shopping - get fresh ingredients and you’re bound to make an amazing dish.
I love this recipe is because it (1) is very easy (2) is incredibly inexpensive (3) can be applied to virtually any protein or veggie interchangeably (4) can be customized by you by simply replacing the marinade with other seasonings and (5) it’s not too time consuming - it takes less than 25 minutes to prep + cook this.
LENGTHY post is lengthy because I don’t usually write out recipes…but I wanted to provide it since I had a few messages asking how. I hope this helps!
I took a bite and then remembered to photograph my plate: sweet potato fries (air fried) with chipotle apricot jam and a bun-less protein burger made with yummy legumes, walnuts, chia seeds, sweet potato, etc. soooo good! New favorite restaurant is Nourish in old town Scottsdale.
My boyfriend has joined me on the quest to eat meatless for a while. He prepared an awesome vegan meal for dinner and I wanted to share the recipe he used with you. Squash is in season, get cooking.
This recipe is poorly written, primarily because I don’t write recipes often, so it may look complex but it’s relatively easy and so yummy.
For your baking consideration…
Don’t Just Nosh, Eat Acorn Squash
1 acorn squash
1 red cabbage
1 white onion
3 gloves garlic
1 package tempeh
1 red & 1 orange bell pepper
cayenne pepper, brown sugar & cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut the squash in half. Clean out the seeds (you can toast these, bonus food, heck yes).
2. Mix a couple shakes of cayenne pepper & cinnamon, some garlic & 1 drop of EVOO together with just a sprinkle of s & p. Mix in a spoonful of brown sugar. You can use BUTTER as well if you want for a creamier/richer taste. Rub the mixture on the squash. Let sit & soak in these spices for about 10 minutes.
3. Flip both squash sides bowl-side-down on a baking tray or glass baking dish with ¼" water in it. Pop it in the oven for about 20 minutes.
4. While the squash halves are baking, cut up the red cabbage, bell peppers, tempeh, onion and some garlic. Add a tiny sprinkle of cayenne pepper, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Sautee lightly with a tiny drop of EVOO on a pan at high heat - start with the onions and don’t add anything else until they’re translucent, because you don’t want to fully cook any of these ingredients ‘til they’re soggy, ya know.
5. Take squash out of the oven and stuff with your red cabbage mixture - place bowl-side-up in the oven and cook another 10-15 minutes.
If you make this, let me know what variations you tried and how it tasted - happy cooking!
Skipped the carrots - this blend has generous amounts of ginger & lemon + kale, spinach, celery, cucumbers & red apples.
Soooo good! Carrots are higher in carbohydrates than leafy kale or spinach so I’m opting to be resourceful and use more nutrient dense veggies, a minimal amount of fruit (in this juice, just 1 apple) and less carby or starchy veggies.
Grilled Chicken with Mango + Red Bell Pepper “salsa” and a delicious ARTICHOKE!
My boyfriend made this for dinner a few days ago - he boiled the artichoke with bay leaves, lemon & black pepper and it was amazing. The “salsa” is simply diced bell pepper & mango with some cilantro - served over grilled chicken. The chicken was seasoned lightly with garlic, lemon & black pepper.
Easy, inexpensive and tasty. I can’t remember the last time I had artichoke and I spent 15 minutes after this meal Googling the health benefits of artichokes … and then patting myself on the back for eating one.
WOW, this recipe is easy. I’m sharing it with you because it was really delicious, easy to make and is an original recipe compliments of my boyfriend, who is sick of my boring soy-based meals.
ONE - Cut the tempeh into crumbles. Chop the bell pepper to add to tempeh mixture. Saute chopped onions in a dollop of EVOO on a hot pan, sizzzle.
TWO - When the onions are translucent, add the tempeh & bell pepper to the hot pan. Mix in the taco seasoning thoroughly. Squirt some lime juice on there!
THREE -Start on the guacamole…keep an eye on the tempeh mixture & stir
Homemade Guacamole requires the very complex process of MASHING avocados with sliced tomatoes, sliced jalapeno, sliced shallots, a little bit of garlic and a little bit of lime juice. Avocados are delicious and good for you - but aren’t a low calorie food, FYI.
FOUR - Heat up your taco shells or tortillas & prepare yourself a delicious tempeh taco.
This is insanely easy to modify for your taste - add more veggies (lettuce, zucchini, sprouts, etc.), protein (meatless chicken, actual chicken, black beans) or cheese, sour cream, etc.