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Mediterranean Spiced Tilapia & Vegetable Quinoa

Mediterranean spiced tilapia and vegetable quinoa recipe is a healthy protein packed meal! Earthy spices roasted lemons and fresh vegetables in each bite.

Prep time:  10 mins  Cook time:  20 mins  Serves: 4 servings




1 cup uncooked quinoa

 ½ teaspoon kosher salt

¾ cup diced cucumbers, seeded

1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half

¼ cup finely diced red onion

4 basil leaves, thinly sliced

Zest of one lemon


½ teaspoon kosher salt

¼ teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon cumin

½ teaspoon paprika

4 Tilapia fillets (5 to 6 ounces)

8 lemon wedges

¼ cup chopped fresh parsley


1.  In a medium saucepan with a lid, bring 1 cup quinoa, 2 cups of water and ½ teaspoon salt to a boil. Cover and reduce to a simmer, cooking about 20 minutes or according to package directions until quinoa is light and fluffy. Turn off heat and let sit for at least 5 minutes covered before serving. Right before serving mix in the cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, basil and lemon zest. Meanwhile, make the tilapia.

2.  In a small bowl combine salt, pepper, cumin and paprika. Line a sheet pan or glass dish with foil and lightly coat with nonstick cooking spray. Transfer fish fillets to pan. Evenly coat the surface of each fillet with about ½ teaspoon of the spice mixture.

3.  Place the lemon wedges on the edge of the pan with fish.

4.  Broil on high with the rack placed in the lower third of the oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or until tilapia is cooked and flakes apart easily with a fork. Sprinkle with parsley and serve with roasted lemon wedges and vegetable quinoa.

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