Now that I’m nearing the end of my twenties, I’ve decided it’s high time I get my rear into shape! I love to cook, and unfortunately I also enjoy eating what I cook and it’s usually something pretty bad for me! In an effort to change that, I made tonight’s dinner a pretty healthy one. It’ll be ruined with breakfast tomorrow, but hey, we only eat a big breakfast on Sundays, so it will be a treat! I got my inspiration for this from the Loves To Eatweblog, but made some changes according to my preferences.
Sauteed Tilapia Spinach Salad with Asian Dressing
2 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons chopped green onions
2 tablespoons honey
1.5 – 2 tablespoons soy sauce (the Tabasco brand is wonderful)
2 teaspoons bottled ground fresh ginger
1/4 teaspoon dark sesame oil
4-5 shakes Worcestershire Sauce
4-5 shakes hot sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
1 tablespoon extra-virgin oil
4 (6-ounce) tilapia fillets
seasonings to taste (I used Tony’s, garlic powder and onion powder)
4 cups gourmet salad greens -I used spinach
In a medium sized bowl, mix all the ingredients for the dressing together and taste for your seasoning preferences. Set aside.
Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a nonstick skillet. Season the tilapia with your desired seasonings. Cook in oil about 3 minutes on each side, or until golden and flaky.
Serve over greens with dressing drizzled over the top, and your preferred salad toppers. We used avocado, tomatoes and sunflower seeds.
The Verdict: This was unexpectedly delicious! My husband even went back for THIRDS! I must say, when I was originally mixing the dressing, it was severely lemon tasting. Way overpowering. That’s when I got involved in adding the stuff like the brown sugar (straight from the sugar cane mill in my hometown), spicy mustard, etc. When combined with the fresh crisp spinach and the spicy fish, it was great, but it was still missing something. My favorite thing…goat cheese. I crumbled some on top and it was absolutely fabulous! I apologize for not getting a photo of it with the crumbles on top! This was a super-quick, light and tasty dinner that I will definitely be making again very soon!