Fish Tacos with a Grilled Spiced Corn & Black Bean Mix

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Fish tacos are a much healthier switch up from the traditional beef taco (they are lower in fat and calories).  Also, since I do not eat beef I always want to find creative ways to change up traditional dishes with fish or vegetarian alternatives! These fish tacos were absolutely delicious and packed with flavour and nutritional benefit.

This recipe here serves 2 people: 

What you will need: 

  • ~5 Corn Tortillas (I used Mission’s gluten-free yellow corn mini tortillas)
  • 2-3 tilapia loins (I usually buy the big bag of individually frozen tilapia from Costco)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Ground Salt and Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • Optional: Blackening Seasoning
  1. Light the barbeque. Allow to heat on med-high heat.
  2. On tinfoil, add olive oil, lay your thawed fish in the foil. Sprinkle with sea salt, pepper, spritz with lemon juice, and blacken seasoning if desired.
  3. Prepare your Corn and Bean Mixture while the BBQ is heating. See below. 

 

Ingredients for Grilled Corn and Bean Mixture:

  • 1 can of corn niblets or frozen corn (341 mL)
  • 1/2 can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped finely
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • Sprinkle of ground sea salt and pepper
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  1. In a BBQ safe dish, mix together all of these ingredients and stir.
  2. When the BBQ is heated, place the fish on the grill in the tin foil. Place the grilled corn and bean mixture on the BBQ as well but, place this burner on low-medium heat.
  3. While these cooking (~20 minutes), prepare toppings. Your fish will be complete when it begins to flake when touched with a fork/knife.
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Toppings:

  • 1/2 avocado, chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • Fresh salsa
  • Plain 0% green yogurt (instead of sour cream.. a healthier alternative).
  • Other options if desired: shredded cheese, cilantro, lettuce, etc. Make it however you’d like! 🙂

ENJOY! 

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Eating for your Eyes

Who new that your diet could play such a detrimental role in every aspect of your health? 

With my need for glasses, aging grandparents with vision loss, and a recent sty (ugh!).. the importance of maintaining a healthy vision has become more apparent to me.

Nowadays, our eyes are exposed to so much light which can be damaging to our retina. Through increased computer screen time, cell phone use, television, and just the regular day light…. the light exposure to our eyes is never-ending!

So how can your diet impact your eye vision? 

Two very important nutrients play a role in maintaining a healthy vision. Lutein and Beta-Carotene. If you are not regularly consuming a healthy diet that includes a variety of fruits and vegetables…. you are likely not getting an adequate dose of these nutrients. Beta-carotene, as I have mentioned in many previous posts, converts to Vitamin A within our bodies. Vitamin A is important to maintaining a healthy vision in addition to keeping your skin healthy. Lutein plays a similar role as it works with another antioxidant, zeaxanthin, to prevent damage to our cells and maintain healthy eyes.

What foods should I eat? 

Increase your intake of lutein by consuming dark green leafy vegetables (e.g. kale and spinach), eggs (FYI brown and white have the same nutritional content), corn, red peppers, and grapes.

Increase your intake of beta-carotene/vitamin A by consuming: yellow and orange fruits/veggies (e.g. sweet potato, cooked carrots, carrot juice, pumpkin, papaya, mango, etc).

Chervil-Carrots

Overall good health and nutrition is critical to maintaining healthy eyes. Don’t wait until your eye sight starts deteriorating to make changes. Get ahead and take preventative measures to prevent any deterioration. Nutrition is the greatest form of preventative medicine.

Try some of my personal recipes high in lutein and vitamin-A content:

Quick & Easy Sweet Potato Fries

Kale & Sweet Potato Chicken Soup