Spicy Tilapia Tacos with Sriracha Mayo + Weekly Menu

Mark and I were talking about how the pandemic has changed people’s affinity for their homes in very different ways. None of this has affected two people alike. For those in healthcare (in the Midwest, anyway), it was a scary spring followed by a surge stand-by, followed by a fall surge. On the outpatient side, we quickly implemented telemedicine and haven’t missed a beat since April. We’re now experiencing higher volumes due to delayed medical attention, particularly for chronic diseases.

Plus, many people had a major downshift in their activity levels and in many cases, major changes to the diet and often not for the best. The world was perfecting the art of yeast breads and baking up a storm. The blog world was like, “See, it’s fun to love cooking and baking!”

Stores were out of free weights forever. Yeast and flour, too. Peloton couldn’t keep up with demands. People were investing in their homes like never before. I even tried convincing Mark we needed a hot tub…and I don’t particularly love hot-tubbing in water above 90 degrees!

Others (ahem, me) were kind of loving the at-home boredom that resulted in a well-developed love for Netflix and a learned expertise in puzzling.  We now have a “puzzle closet” in the basement – all the 1,000 piece puzzles I’ve completed go there for storage. You guys, my puzzling, is kind of out of control. For Christmas, my sister-in-law got me a Puzzle of the Month Club. I’m working on the first month’s delivery and I’m convinced she found the “advanced” level. It’s intense, and may never get done. Totally kidding, that puzzle will get done one way or another. Yesterday I started on it around 10am and I worked on it, eventually thinking, “I should probably feed the girls lunch.” It was after 1pm already!

So while I have adapted quite well to the closure of so much, Mark is working from home and crawling out of his skin most evenings and weekends. I’ll never tire of his EAGERNESS to run any and every errand needing to get done. Most loose ends around here are tied up at all times. Personally, I dig the at-home-husband deal.

His interest in assisting applies to OUTSIDE of the home stuff, for the most part. So cooking is still my deal, which is OK. Mostly because he does help with dishes and generally doesn’t complain about what I make, especially when it’s fish tacos. We looooove fish tacos and with our kids being lovers of fish and quite tolerant of some spice, these went over BIG with all 4 of us!

Spicy Tilapia Tacos with Sriracha Mayo

Spicy Tilapia Tacos with Sriracha Mayo

Yield: 9 prepared tacos
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Spicy fish tacos with colorful, textured, and nutritious toppings! This lighter fare is a quick meal with big flavor!

Ingredients

Fish Taco:

  • 9 corn tortillas
  • 1 1/2 lbs tilapia
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Toppings:

  • 2 cups shredded cabbage or slaw mix
  • 1 avocado, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 oz crumbled Cotija cheese

Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup whole milk plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Sriracha

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degree F. Mist a baking pan with nonstick cooking spray add tilapia filets in a single layer.
  2. In a small dish, combine the cumin, cayenne, salt, and pepper; mix well. Rub over the topside of the the fish. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until cooked through.
  3. Meanwhile, prep all the toppings.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the sauce ingredients, mixing well to combine.
  5. If desired, heat tortilla over an open flame for 15-20 seconds before flipping. Alternatively, microwave on high for 15-20 seconds.
  6. Fill each tortilla with ~2.5 ounces fish, 1/4 cup cabbage, avocado, onion, cilantro, and about 1 tablespoon cheese, finishing with ~1 tablespoon sauce. Serve immediately.

Notes

Recipe slightly adapted from Natasha's Kitchen

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 9 Serving Size: 1 prepared taco
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 191Total Fat: 6.6gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 297mgCarbohydrates: 15.4gFiber: 3.1gSugar: 2.4gProtein: 18.2g

We love fish tacos, clearly. Maybe you do, too? 🙂

Weekly Menu: January 24th – 28th

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