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Real Food Recipe Roundup #1 – Tilapia Tacos & Southwest Slaw

It’s here, it’s here, it’s here!!!

Thursday is finally here!!

I’m soooooooooooooo excited to share my very first Real Food Recipe for my Real Food Recipe Roundup. Today I’m sharing a recipe that is tried and true in my home. I hope you love this recipe as much as Johnny and I do (though he’d prefer more tacos and less slaw)! I make this over and over again because it’s so quick and easy to throw together, lite and healthy after a workout, and freaking delicious. If you plan to link up below, and I sure hope you do, be sure to grab my button and pop it into your post so folks know where they can find other Real Food Recipes, too!!

Twenty-Something & Starving

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tilapia tacos with southwest slaw

Tilapia Tacos & Southwest Slaw

serves 2 

For the Southwest Slaw

  • 1 bag of preshredded coleslaw mix
  • 1 cup of cilantro, chopped
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/3 cup of Wegmans Food You Feel Good About Yogurt Southwest Ranch Salad Dressing (You need to take some shortcuts somewhere, folks. Check out the ingredients! I’m never guilty when I use this dressing!)

Combine all of the ingredients in a big bowl!! Toss well with dressing to coat!

For the Tilapia Tacos

  • 3 (4 oz) pieces of tilapia
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • The juice and zest of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons H2O
  • 4 corn tortillas
  • Avocado for garnish

Spray a medium skillet with some nonstick spray and place over medium high heat. Season the tilapia fillets with the spices and add to the skillet. Let the fillets cook for about 5 minutes before you try and flip them (It’s okay if they break apart a little, because you’ll flake the fish apart before serving! Am I smart or what?!) Once you’ve flipped the fish, add half of the lime juice, all of the lime zest, and the water and cover with a lid. Let cook about 3 minutes more or until the fish is cooked through. Remove from heat and flake the fish apart with a fork.

Warm your tortillas wrapped in a damp paper towel for about 30 seconds.

To server, portion out the flaked fish in the warm tortillas. Top with avocado and remaining lime juice.

Serve with salad on the side OR you can get really fancy and put some of it INSIDE of the tacos, too!! Crazy!!

southwest slaw and tilapia tacos

Now don’t be shy!! Heck, even if your post isn’t brand new and you’ve got a real food recipe to share let’s see it!! Happy cooking and eating to all!!

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Summer Shrimpies!

So this post title may be a little off-putting to some. Summer shrimpies???  I know what you’re thinking.

But it’s not summer anymore, Jen. It’s September so it’s fall ,right?

No sir!

Fall does not officially start until Wednesday, September 22 and I shall embrace every day of summer we have left … as well as every last bit of summer produce AND grillin!!

Now don’t get me wrong, I love the fall.

I adore the fall, actually.

It’s my favorite season!

I love  walking around in the cool fall air in a big, comfy hoodie admiring the leaves as they begin to change colors. And then, I love coming home to a big pot of chili cooking away on my stovetop. Or something with pumpkin! Or both! *Sigh* I get all happy just thinking about it…

. . . but it’s not fall yet!

And thus, I present to you a recipe that’s super easy and scrumptious and delightful for summer…because it is, in fact, still summer.

Grilled Chili Lime Shrimp
with Mango Salsa

  • 1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 large mangoes, diced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, diced
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 bunch of cilantro, chopped fine
  • The juice of 2 limes
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

For the salsa, combine mango, jalapeño, onion, bell pepper, cilantro and half of the lime juice in a large bowl. Add salt and pepper to your liking.
Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Toss shrimp in a large bowl with remaining lime juice, chili powder, salt and pepper. Let sit for about 15 minutes.

Stick the shrimp on skewers (if using wooden ones, be sure to let them soak for 20 minutes or so beforehand so they don’t burn up on the grill), about 8 per skewer. Grill for about 3 minutes on each side until the shrimp turn pink and opaque. Serve with salsa!

Guacamole, Guacamole

Okay, so back in the day when I used to babysit the little girls that lived across the street from me I was forced to watch The Wiggles. It could have been much worse, I suppose. The Wiggles aren’t baaaaaad exactly. They may weird me out as a young adult, but I admire the fact that they educate young children and such. Howeverrrrr…the songs they sing are so insanelyyyyy irritating and catchy that they have stuck with me even to today.

Anyone know the Hot Potato song???  Well, from time to time any word (or words) with four syllables will be sung to the tune of the Hot Potato song in my head. Thus the post title, Guacamole, Guacamole. (Sometime, I catch myself at work singing “Cappuccino, Cappuccino.” Sigh. I have issues.)

ANYWHO! Whether or not it’s to the tune of another song, I think guacamole is totally deserving of it!

… a song that is…

Why, you ask? Because it’s fan-freakin-tastic, that’s why!  Aside from being delicious and exceptionally versatile, guacamole is an outstanding source of nutrients thanks, of course, to the delicious AVOCADO.

Avocados have a bad reputation among most people.

“But there’s so much fat in it! How can it be good for me?!”

The majority of the fat in that delicious fruit  (because yes, an avocado is a fruit, not a vegetable!) is monounsaturated. Monounsaturated fats are actually good for you and they aid in lowering bad cholesterol! This healthy fat can also be found in most nuts and olive oil, too!  Avocados are also an excellent source of potassium, folate, and vitamins B, C, and E.

My recipe for guacamole is pretty simple, and can be altered to your liking. Personally, I am a CILANTRO FREAK! I can’t get enough of the stuff…so I use a TON. If ya don’t like it, leave it out, but just know that I think you’re a freak for not liking it . Hehehehehe.

Simple Guacamole

  • 2 avocados (I use Hass Avocados. You can tell it’s ripe when you gently squeeze the avocado and it gives a little. If it’s too hard, you won’t be able to use it right away.)
  • 1/2 of a small red onion, diced
  • 1 small bunch or 1/2 a large bunch of cilantro (rinsed, dried and chopped as small as you can get it)
  • The juice of 2 small or 1 large lime
  • Salt to taste

Begin by pitting and peeling your avocados.
(Rather than me try and describe how to do this in words,
which could get kind of complicated if you’ve never done it before, check out that video!

Scoop the flesh of the avocado into a medium-sized bowl. Mash it with a fork or spoon until few large chunks remain. Add the lime juice right away, to prevent the avocado from turning brown. Add the salt, onion, and cilantro. Mix well until all of the ingredients are combined.

Chill, covered, in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes before serving. Serve with chips or veggies or just eat it with a spoon because it’s that good!!

*Remember, feel free to alter this recipe to your liking. If you like smoother guacamole and you have a food processor, feel free to pop all the ingredients in there and whir it around a few times. I prefer chunky guacamole…and I don’t have a food processor.*

** In case anyone is curious, 1 tablespoon of this delicious guacamole is equivalent to 2 Weight Watchers Points**

Game day dips

It’s Sunday.
For some people, Sunday means church.
For others, it’s simply a day of rest.
For most men I know – it means football.

Currently, there is football on in the bedroom, football on in the living room  AND football on the two other computers in my apartment.

Me, personally, I don’t really even like football.

What I do like, and I’m sure this doesn’t come
as a shock to you, is the food associated with it.
Who doesn’t love spicy buffalo wings and cheesy chili con queso??
Oh goodness, it’s really the only reasonI get excited for football season.
*girly giggle* 🙂

My favorite game day treat though, dip. What kind of dip, you ask.
Details. Ha. Who cares what kind of dip??!?
Give me some tortilla chips or carrot sticks and I’ll go to town.
This may or may not be a good thing – depending on the dip of course.
Here are some delectable dip recipes worthy of drooling over.

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