I had the sudden inspiration to play Chopped in my kitchen tonight. I had some leftover black beans and quinoa in my refrigerator that needed to be eaten before they went bad. What better way then to have a Mexican fiesta! I was able to make this meal just enough for one person so nothing went to waste.
Pan Fried Tilapia Tacos with Black Beans and Quinoa (for 1)
1 tilapia filet, thawed
1/4 cup fine bread crumbs
1 tsp Mexican spices of your choice
1 tsp olive oil
1/4 cup quinoa, cooked
3 tbsp black beans, drained and rinsed
taco toppings of your choice
I won’t go into great details with this recipe as it is really simple. Mix the bread crumbs and seasoning together. Drop the fish into the mixture and coat the fish well. Heat your pan and olive oil on medium heat, but don’t over heat! If you do the olive oil will burn and it will kill the taste of your fish. Once the pan is hot, put the fish carefully into the oil and cover. Cook for about 3-4 minutes. When you flip the fish, the coating with be a nice dark brown. Cook another 3-4 minutes until fish is done all the way through. If its a thick piece of tilapia, you may have to cook it for a minute or two longer.
Mix the quinoa and black beans together and plate. Dress the taco to your liking and enjoy!