Sunday, July 7, 2013

Coconut Tilapia with Stuffed Bell Pepper

ForI LOVE fish! In fact, when I finish with my juice fast I intend to use it as an opportunity to completely change my food lifestyle by eating primarily vegetarian... except I can't give up fseafood. I just love it to much, so I will actually be adopting a pescatarian diet.

In the mean time, here is a meal I made last week before starting my juice fast thanks to some beautiful fresh tilapia I found at Costco. 

When I got it home I knew I wanted to do something simple by tasty with it and since I was feeling kind of lazy I came up with this quick and simple way of cooking it. It turned out to be DELICOUS!



Coconut Tilapia and Stuffed Bell Peppers
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes

I suggest starting on the peppers first so they can be baking in the oven while you cook the fish!

For Fish:
1/2 cup Coconut Flour (find at your local natural foods/ health store or whole foods)
1 tsp salt and 1 tsp pepper, 2 tsp Paprika 
3-6 tbs Virgin Coconut Oil (it has much more flavor and health benefits then 2nd pressed)
Fresh Tilapia- at least 4 fillets 

For Stuffed Peppers:
2 large bell peppers (I prefer red, orange or yellow over green personally) to stuff
1 pepper to chop up
3 big handfulls of chopped Kale (stems removed)
1 zucchini chopped
1 cup of cooked rice (jasmine, brown, black) or quinoa (left overs work great!)
3 cloves garlic minced
2 tbs lemon
salt and pepper to taste
olive oil or coconut oil

The fish is so easy- just mix the salt, pepper and paprika into the coconut flour and set on a plate. Dredge the fillets straight from package or after a quick rinse if you prefer in the flour then set on a clean plate. 

Heat Coconut oil in a large flat bottom pan. Bring to high heat. When oil heated add dredged fillets and turn heat to medium. Let cook 3-4 minutes then flip and cook another 3-4 minute or until flesh is firm. 


To make Stuffed Peppers:

1: Rinse all veggies and cook rice if not already cooked, set oven to 350 to preheat
2: Cut top off pepper by running knife all the way around so as to keep the seed bunch easily removable with the top. I then chop the out parts of the pepper top up and add it into the mix but you can save it to pace back on as a top when cooking if you like- just remove the seeds/center. 
3: Clean out interior of peppers from any seeds or pith (the white bits) and blanch in boiling water for 30 seconds to 1 min. Then place them directly in a cold water/ice bath to stop cooking. Drain and rub interior with a bit of oil using fingers. 
4: Dice other veggies (zucchini, peppers, kale) into small 1/2 inch bites and mince garlic. 
5: Heat another skillet with oil (I like coconut) to medium heat and add zucchini, peppers and garlic. Cook 4 minutes
6: Add kale and cook another 4 minutes. Add lemon juice, salt, pepper and any other seasoning you might like! Add rice. Stir until whole mixture is well incorporated. 
7: Using a spoon, stuff peppers with mixture. You can really pack it in!
8: Place peppers in a glass baking dish and put on middle rack in oven at 350 for 20-30 minutes!

Once peppers are tender slice in half gently and using a spoon plate with fish! Or use more peppers and double the filling and give each person a whole pepper! I served half a stuffed pepper per person and so 2 stuffed peppers served 4 of us!

Bon App├ętit!













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