Tilapia with Mango Salsa

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I love this recipe because it’s “fast food” without the five hundred impossible-to-pronounce additives found in many of the other items we tend to think of as “fast food.”  This meal will only take ten minutes to prepare – by the time you find your keys, you won’t be able to get drive-thru food as quickly!   Made with simple, fresh ingredients, Tilapia with Mango Salsa looks and tastes like you put some real effort into your lunch or dinner.  What’s not to love about that?

picture775Ingredients (Serves 2)

2 tilapia fillets, 4 – 6 ounces each

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 cup diced mango (slightly underripe mango works well in this recipe)

1/2 cup diced red onion

1/2 cup loosely packed, chopped cilantro

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Spinach leaves or cooked rice (your choice)

picture776Directions

Step 1) Combine mango, onion, cilantro, lemon juice, and salt in small bowl.  Toss gently and set aside.

Step 2) Melt coconut oil in medium sauté pan over medium heat.  Add tilapia and sprinkle with fresh ground black pepper.

Step 3) Panfry tilapia approximately 3 minutes on each side, flipping gently with a sturdy spatula.  This is a forgiving recipe; if your fish doesn’t flip perfectly, you can hide imperfections with the mango salsa!

Step 4) Line two serving plates with either spinach leaves (shown) or cooked rice.  Carefully transfer your tilapia fillets from your sauté pan to the serving plates.  Top with mango salsa.  If desired, sprinkle with chili powder (optional).  Enjoy (not optional)!

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