Sunday, October 11, 2009

Ginger Lime Tilapia With Banana Ketchup & Curried Quinoa

Hey lovely ladies and gents. Thanks so much for all the comments on my last confession. You guys made me fell so much better!! And I was cracking the freak up at some of your comments!!

I know my posting has been scarce but for right now its whats working for me even thought there are like a million things spinning around in my head that I want to post about!

Since its been a while since I have posted a recipe I thought I would share one from Cleaning Eating Magazine that I really enjoyed recently. One of my favs fo sho :). Those of you that have Clean Eating Mag. need to try this recipe stat!! It sounds complicated but I promise its easy and delicious. The magazine estimates 20 min. prep time.

Ginger Lime Tilapia With Banana Ketchup & Curried Quinoa Serves 4


Curried Quinoa
  • 1 2/3 cups low-sodium chicken or veggie stock
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • pinch cayenne pepper or your fav hot sauce (optional)
  • sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup quinoa
Ginger Lime Tilapia
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 4 6-oz tilapia fillets
  • sea salt and ground pepper, to taste
Banana Ketchup
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 small white onion, finely diced
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 3 medium ripe bananas, peeled and mashed with a fork
  • 1 tbsp agave nectar
  • 2 tbsp white balsamic vinegar (I used the dark)
  • 1/2 tsp allspice (I omitted)
  • cayenne pepper or hot sauce (optional)
  • sea salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Preheat over to 425
  2. Prepare quinoa: Add stock, curry, cayenne, salt and pepper to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, uncovered. Add quinoa, bring back to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 12 to 15 min. Remove from heat, remove lid and fluff with a fork. Set aside.
  3. While quinoa is simmering, prepare tilapia. In a small bowl, stir together lime juice, 2 tbsp water, agave and ginger. Place tilapia on a parchment-lined baking dish. Spoon lime juice marinade over tilapia fillets. Season fillets with salt and pepper. Cook in preheated oven for 12 to 15 min, or until fish is fully cooked and opaque and flakes easily when pierced with a fork. Remove from oven and cover and set aside to keep warm.
  4. While tilapia is baking, prepare banana ketchup: Heat oil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and ginger and cook, stirring frequently for about 2 min. Add bananas, 1/4 cup water, agave, vinegar and all spice. Bring just to a boil, then reduce heat to low and allow to simmer for about 5 min, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and season with cayenne, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  5. To serve, scoop 1 cup quinoa into center of plate, top with 1 tilapia fillet, about 1 tbsp fillet pan juices and a dollop of banana ketchup.
Nutrients per serving: 405 calories, 6.5 grams fat, 48 carbs, 4 grams fiber, 16 sugars and 42 grams protein

My pics aren't very flattering because I was ravenous and the sweet smell of the banana ketchup had me drooling all over myself....
(my husband even gave this 2 thumbs up and his palette is not that broad)

CONFESSION OF THE DAY: I am sure you all know the term Jaywalking. Well until about a year ago I honestly thought the word meant walking outside naked!!! Bahaha, Until my my dad was telling a story about how he got a ticket for jaywalking in college or something and I was like "OMG, you were walking outside naked??!!" Glad we got that cleared up :)


  1. Jaywalking? Your definition? Girl in my old neighborhood in downtown San Diego, I used to see people "jaywalking" after the bars closed. It really was better we moved :)

    I love the banana ketchup idea AND The lime/agave marinade is a fave trick I do for salad dressing bases and jump off from there.

    Thanks for coming around my bloggie last week, it meant alot :) I was so happy to see you!

    I'm giving away homemade treats right now if you wanna enter my giveaway I wanted to let ya know :)

  2. Justine,
    You are hilarious. Your confessions always bring a little brightness to my day.

    It's about time you posted this recipe. I've been waiting ever since you told me about it. I actually have all the ingredients and will be making this soon. Well, everything except the tilapia, but we've got some wild mahi mahi. That should work.

    Hope you're enjoying your crisp morning all wrapped up in your warm fuzzy blanket. :)

  3. Such an intriguing mix of flavors and ingredients in that recipe!! Fabulous!!

    I jaywalk a lot, but it's just walking and I AM clothed, haha :-D

  4. Banana ketchup?? MUST MAKE THIS.

    Hahaha, I love your confession. I can't think of a word that I was using wrong that was that funny :P Bobby used to think that "stomachache" was "stomach egg" though, because apparently when you have a stomachache it feels like a bad egg in your tum? Um, okay Bobby, lol.

  5. Your confession just had me burst out in laughter! THAT IS TOO FUNNY!!!

    That recipe you posted sounds phenom! I have to forward it to my parents as they are fish eaters. Oh my gosh but that banana ketchup is something I just have to try out for myself. I love putting bananas in my stir-fry :D


  6. Haha, that had to come from the phrase, "Naked as a jaybird!" Maybe? I love it!

    The tilapia dish looks awesome!!

  7. hahaha loved your confession! banana ketchup - now there is a ketchup i could like!

  8. girl its so funny that you shared your confession with everyone.. i love it! it made me laugh all over again..

    the food looks amazing.. I'm on my way over for dinner!

  9. LOL girl--love your confessions!!

    Mmm, that recipe sounds delicious. I just love fish!
    <3 jess

  10. I thought the same thing when I was younger! We always used the expresssion "naked as a jaybird" so I just assumed. lol BTW, you were right about the artificial sweetener in the Joseph's wraps. How did I not see that?! Thanks for the info!

  11. What a unique recipe! This looks really good. I love tilapia.
    As usual your confessions crack me up ;)

  12. LOL @ your confession!

    Your recipe looks fabulous as well.

  13. Girl you must be reading my mind! We have a buttload of tilapia at home and I have been trying to come up with different ways of cooking it. I'll let you know if I give this a try!

  14. Hmm that banana ketchup is so interesting! I love tilapia. And curry. Good recipes!

  15. OMG, that is too funny about jaywalking!!

    Um, not so sure about the banana ketchup - but everything else looks great!

  16. Huh!! Now that is a super interesting banana ketchup recipe!! I was half expecting it to be bright red, but I’m kinda relieved that it’s not. Hahahah
    That’s a funny confession!! Poor girl you were misinformed by someone!! Hahaha But that’s hilarious. :P Glad your dad helped you clear things up!

  17. Oh Justine, you are the funniest girlie ever. Love you so!

  18. haha, that confession cracked me up. banana ketchup sounds interesting indeed.


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