Dudes. The worst thing ever is coming home after a long day and having no plan for dinner. Take-out is often pricey and not great for you, and frozen dinners lack that je ne sais quoi of a legit dinner. Ramen sucks, no matter what the occasion. You gotta have a few quick/simple/cheap meals in your back pocket, to pull out when you’re feeling less-than-inspired. Mine? Spicy fish tacos.
Seriously, these are the bomb. Tilapia is super cheap. Taco shells are super cheap. Broccoli slaw is super cheap. Boom! Instant healthy, delicious, secretly low-calorie (mine was 215 calories for two tacos) dinner that takes like five minutes to prepare. Here’s what you need:
- One tilapia fillet per person
- 1-2 taco shells per person
- 1/2 to 1 cup broccoli slaw per person
- Seasonings out the ass, plus lime juice
First, mix your broccoli slaw with a drizzle of lime juice, salt, pepper, and a little garlic powder. Let sit in the fridge while the fish cooks (note: I used to mix mayo with the lime and seasonings so the texture was more like coleslaw, but it’s just as good without. Do what you want.).
Next, season your fillets with salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne and/or paprika. Cook fillets in olive oil on the stove until browned and cooked through.
Assemble your tacos: add the fish first (learn from my fail: fish always goes first), then pack the slaw all around it in the taco shell. That’s it! You can garnish with fresh cilantro or sour cream, but I usually eat these suckers on their own. I accidentally bought tiny taco shells, so I cut each fillet in half lengthwise and each person had two tacos, but the calorie count was still 215 for all of it!
These are filling, flavorful, budget-friendly, and easy to customize. Use whatever flavors or ingredients you have on hand! Also, since you saved so many calories…add a cocktail!
My newest favorite cocktail is my variation of a Paloma. They are typically made with tequila and grapefruit soda, but this is a healthy blog, dammit! I just use sweet tequila and grapefruit juice, the same as posted here, sometimes with sweetened lime juice. So simple! You can also add some agave syrup of you like things sweeter, but I like the bite of the grapefruit in contrast with the spice of the tacos. Yummmmmmmmm.
What’s your go-to dinner?