January 15, 2013

Recipe of the Week: Tilapia, Tomato, And Zucchini Foil Pouches!

Since my move back home to Florida from Kansas five months ago, I've managed to deal with my anxiety and stress in an unhealthy way....feeding it!  I have to be honest with myself!  I admit I was feeding my fears, anxiety and what-nots and too add pudding to the cake, Miami is saturated with the Cuban culture.  Meaning that I had easy access to Cuban bread, pastelitos (pastries), chicharrones (pork rinds with lots and lots of fat), arroz con frijoles (rice with beans) and all that good stuff in every corner I turned!  Needless to say, right in my daughter's home where I was staying and boy can that girl cook!  She got it from her momma, me!  ;)

 Now, don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with eating what you like.  It's just that for me, I realize now, it was not a healthy choice because I was feeding my feelings instead of dealing with them.  Yep, in case you did not know it, I am human too!  And I refuse to beat myself over it.  I did it and now I am taking accountability for it, doing something about it for me and nobody else but me!  Hmmm...that reminded me of a song, but I won't derail.

Needless to say, things are starting to settle in for me.  I have a new job, new friends and a new home. I'm starting to feel in my zone again and I want to feel healthy again.  For me it's not about just losing the extra pounds I've gained, its really about feeling healthy again.  I really do not like how I am feeling.  I already deal with hypertension and I really do not want to make it easy to those other ailments that come with age growing up growing wiser (yea I like that one better).  So, I am on a "getting healthier" mission.  Therefore, you will find more and more healthier recipe choices with a few perks here and there.

This weeks recipe of the week is Tilapia, Tomato, And Zucchini Foil Pouches.  I got the recipe from one of my favorite chefs Dani Spies of Clean and Delicious.  Its simple, nutritious and delicious! 

PreCooked Tilapia
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  • 1.5lbs tilapia fillets (4-6oz fillets)
  • 1 large zucchini sliced into rounds
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 – 15oz can low sodium diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme (or 2 teaspoons chopped fresh)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
Tear off 4-big squares of foil. The foil should be a few inches longer than the fillet.
Combine the garlic, tomatoes, thyme and some salt and pepper in a small bowl.
Place about 6-8 sliced of zucchini rounds on each piece of foil and lay the fish on top.
Top each fillet with ¼ of the tomato mixture.  Pull up sided of foil and seal shut.  Be sure the foil is sealed or your fish will not cook.
Place on a baking sheet and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Serve over some quinoa or brown rice and enjoy!!
Makes 4 servings.

Nutritional Analysis

Calories: 186; Total Fat: 3.8g; Saturated Fat: 0.7g; Cholesterol: 75mg; Carbohydrate: 5.8g; Dietary Fiber: 0.7g; Sugars: 1.9; Protein: 32.3g

Please do come back and share how your Tilapia dish turned out!  
I'd really love to hear about it! 
Until next time...make it 

D e l i c i o s o !



  1. Mmm anything with tomato will definitely tantalise my tastebuds! Do you think someone who has very little or no experience in the kitchen (like myself, haha) would be able to make this?

    Good luck with your get healthy mission!

    1. Hola Amanda!
      This recipe is so simple that no experience in the kitchen is required ;)


  2. This really does sound yummy! I am a HUGE non-seafood eater. There's only a wee small amount of seafood I'll eat, and even than it's not set in stone. Like, I love popcorn shrimp but if I get some that's too fishy... Can't eat. However! Tilapia is one I've liked before. I need mine totally breaded. ;P But I may have to try this. I adore zucchini.

    1. Hola Angie!
      I love Tilapia too...it is my favorite fish. Do come back and let me know if you tried the recipe ;)


  3. Yum Yum Yum!!! Can't wait to go by for dinner!!! Ha no excuses biggest loser! You can do it , xoxoxo

    1. Hola mi Priutibibi!
      I will let ya know when to come over for dinner ;)

      ~SimplyyMayra aka Mom


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