Asian-Inspired Tilapia

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Having a Blah Day?

Do you ever have one of those days when you just feel…off?  I’m not necessary talking about a bad day, in which you can pin-point your problem, and make an excuse for why you’re polishing off that bottle of Merlot all by you’re lonesome.  I mean a gloomy, grumpy, uninspired, blah day.  You’re not motivated to respond to emails promptly, speak up at your mandatory meetings, carry on a meaningful conversation with your loved ones.  Going to the gym today?  Not happening.  You’re counting down the seconds until you can feed your ennui by settling into your couch and binge-watching Netflix. 

But that doesn’t get rid of your blahs, does it?  After hours of creating a you-shaped imprint on your sofa cushion, you still feel down, and unaccomplished to boot.  You have to eat dinner, and the blah side of you says, “Screw it, why should you care about something healthy?  Dive into some greasy fast food and call it a night.”  This leads to temporary satisfaction, followed by regret and lots of bloating.


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I have a suggestion:  get up and cook something!  Whenever I am in a funk, even if (especially if) I don’t feel like making anything, I force myself to whip up something reasonably healthy, quick, and satisfying.  And you know what happens?  Instant mood changer.  My mind is focused on completing a task, rather than stewing in my own pity party.  My body is thankful that I didn’t load it with saturated fat, sodium, and empty calories.  My spirits are lifted, and I feel a whole lot better that I got up and did something!  I can’t tell you how many times tinkering in the kitchen, even when I just wanted to be a couch potato, has tremendously helped my mood.  And, if you opt for something healthy(ish), especially since you skipped that workout today, who knows?  You might even crack a smile!


For the blahs today, I whipped up one of my go-to weekday dinners:  Asian-Inspired Tilapia with Sautéed Garlic Broccoli   I recommend serving this with some brown rice for a completely balanced meal!

Asian-Inspired Tilapia

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • A measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Baking dish


  • 2 tilapia filets, thawed
  • 2 T soy sauce
  • 3 T lime juice
  • 1 T brown sugar
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • splash sesame oil (optional)
  • 1 tsp grated (or powdered) ginger
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)


  1. Set oven to broil.
  2. Place filets in a baking dish (I found an 8×8 is perfect).   photo 4
  3. In a liquid measuring cup, mix soy sauce, lime juice, brown sugar, garlic, and sesame oil.  photo 1
  4. Carefully pour mixture over filets.  Sprinkle ginger and red pepper flakes on top.
  5. Flip over filets to evenly coat in mixture.  photo 3
  6. Broil for 4-5 minutes, until completely cooked through:  all white, not opaque, with an internal temp of 130 degrees.  photo 2 (2)
  7. Serve with Sautéed Garlic Broccoli  and brown rice.  Enjoy!


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