Baked Tilapia with Cilantro Lime Rice

tilapiatitleI live 3 hours from the nearest grocery store. So needless to say, we eat a lot of frozen and packaged foods. And this is not a bad thing. Contrary to popular belief, freezer and pantry meals can be made to be very nutritious and delicious. And a lot of meals can be prepared quick and easy.

Most of my dinner recipes will address the challenges I face with the lack of fresh ingredients. Like what to do if you forget something at the store, how to adapt a recipe for substitute ingredients, how to plan a monthly grocery trip or how to prepare meals to be frozen. 

The following is a recipe for baked tilapia with cilantro lime rice and mango salsa. This is a recipe I make when I have recently gone to town for fresh produce, mainly because of the mangos. But feel free to omit the mango salsa and voila – a meal that can be made weeks after a grocery run with little prep and effort. 

Baked Tilapia with Cilantro Lime Rice
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For the fish
  1. 4 Frozen Tilapia Fillets
  2. 1 cup of diced tomatoes
  3. 1/4 cup diced onion
  4. Cilantro
  5. Garlic Salt
  6. Paprika
  7. Olive Oil
For the Rice
  1. 4 cups prepared rice of choice - I like Jasmine
  2. 1/2 cup cilantro
  3. 1/4 cup lime juice
For the Optional Salsa
  1. 2 mangoes diced
  2. 1/4 cup minced onion
  3. 1 avocado diced (optional)
  4. Salt and Pepper
  5. Lime juice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Place frozen tilapia fillets in shallow baking dish. Season with garlic salt, paprika and cilantro. Drizzle with olive oil. Top with tomatoes, onion and cilantro.
  3. Bake for approximately 20 minutes. Check after 15 minutes to avoid overcooking.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare rice and salsa.
  5. Combine rice, cilantro and lime juice - mixing well.
  6. Combine mangoes, onion, avocado and lime juice.
  7. Plate and enjoy!
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This recipe is so easy because there is no need to defrost the fish before baking, you can use whatever rice you have on hand and you can easily omit certain fresh ingredients. 

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