“We need to start eating healthier,” my husband replied as he took a bite of the juicy burger that sat next to the curly fries. Both of which seemed to take up residence on his dinner plate. Taking a bite into my burger, I agreed with him and suggested that this new found personal vow should start later on in the week. Surely a burger wasn’t as healthy as tilapia, however, we were convinced that if it was made with lean beef, then it stood a chance.
Whether it was a lunch invitation from a co-worker or giving into the temptation of stopping by the local drive thru for a quick bite to eat, past experiences in the ‘eating better’ department always ended up failing on both of our parts. Not to mention all of the candy the kids would bring home from their school parties every year crushed our abilities to even think about healthy snack alternatives. It was an uphill battle that always ended up in disaster.
Both of us were aware that if we had to start eating healthier, we’d have to make a full blown commitment to it. No more Chinese take out, no more chocolate chip ice cream, and no more greasy burgers. Previous experience taught us that if we took baby steps towards a healthier lifestyle, they would lead to bigger changes in the long run.
How to Make Lemon Honey Baked Tilapia
Our first baby step was to try and find healthy meals we truly enjoyed making. We sat down and started brain storming recipes we can make that were on the healthy side of things. We came across this idea and placed it on the menu for the week. It was a no-brainer! Tilapia fillets with green bell peppers, butter, and lemon juice? We were sold!
After a few rounds of making this recipe, I decided to experiment a little and add lemon slices and a couple of teaspoons of honey into the mix. The results were incredible! I honestly think that anything baked in honey and lemon is gold! This recipe not only tastes wonderful, it’s also super easy to make. Just place everything in foil packets and bake in the oven. Clean up is a breeze!
Fun Fact: Tilapia is a versatile fish! You can add any kind of flavor to it that you want due to it’s flexibility in taste.
It’s definitely a recipe worth making if you are looking to cut out the calories. Between this meal and a few other ones we have come across, we have banished our drive-thru temptations and have learned to eat a tad bit healthier (at least during dinner time)!
- 4 frozen tilapia fillets, defrosted overnight
- 1 green bell pepper, sliced
- 2 tbsp. of butter, cut into 4 pieces
- 2 tbsp. of lemon juice
- 1 tsp. onion salt
- 1 lemon, sliced
- 2 tbsp. of honey
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Place each piece of tilapia on a square of tin foil.
- Top each piece with 1 bell pepper slice, 1 piece of butter, and 1 slice of lemon.
- Sprinkle each piece with lemon juice, onion salt, and honey.
- Wrap the foil around the fish.
- Bake on a cookie sheet lined with more tin foil for 45 minutes.
- Serve with rice.
Adapted slightly from the cookbook, Take Five for Every Occasion