I am not sure how it is June already. But bathing suit season is upon us, and many of us need quick, low-fat, high protein weeknight recipes like this Broiled Tilapia with Cilantro. Or at least I do.

I just emerged from one of those periods of work where I was living and breathing my job 24-7 for nearly two months — early mornings, late nights, weekends. I was consistently waking up at 2 or 3 am, mind racing unable to fall back asleep for hours due to stress. It sucked for more reasons than I choose to explain here. But it’s over. The kids have their mom back, slightly battered, but back. Just in time for summer at the swim club! Yikes.

It is precisely moments like this where I examine my health habits and wonder what the heck am I doing? This week I turned the boat — that was headed very much in the wrong direction (read:  week night chinese food, too much rose wine, eating your kids leftover pizza and mac and cheese) — around.  Now you, lovely reader, may have done this weeks ago or perhaps you are one of those people that doesn’t need any turning because you eat healthy all the time.  To you, I say check out this healthy recipe that may be a new twist on your old routine.

But if you can relate at all to where I seem to be right now on this absolutely beautiful day this first week of June, consider this truly weeknight recipe that has barely any prep, is cooked in under 8 minutes and actually tastes pretty darn good.  It will let you start in the right direction for a healthy summer, but not feel like you are completely starving yourself to lose those winter l.b.s.

Think of it as a summer quick re-charge recipe that will allow you to focus on things in life that matter.  For example, you can listen to your kids a little bit better and have conversations like the following:  My 3 year old son:  “Mom, you know I have a girlfriend.”  Me:  “You do? What is her name?”  My 3 year old: “I don’t know mommy.  Do you?” You cannot make this stuff up.

This tilapia is also delicious with lemon water — my drink of choice these days.  You see a friend convinced me that lemon water makes you less bloated and your stomach flatter.  I’m not sure I believe that, but I will do just about anything to get my post-baby stomach flatter these days so I stop researching tummy tucks on-line.  SIGH.

So serve this Broiled Tilapia with Cilantro (preferably fresh cilantro) over some steamed broccoli or sauteed kale with roasted macadamia nuts and a little parmesan (as pictured).  You can easily saute your greens while the fish broils and have a healthy dinner on the table in minutes.

Broiled Tilapia with Cilantro
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 4 4oz filets of Tilapia
  1. Preheat broiler on high.
  2. Combine marinade ingredients and mix well.
  3. Pour over tilapia and let marinate for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Broil tilapia for 4-5 minutes, flip and broil for 4-5 minutes longer.



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