5. Chili Rubbed Tilapia with Asparagus and Lemon
This is one of the healthier dinner recipes for two featuring my favorite protein-packed fish.
The savory recipe is sure to be a hit with your boyfriend with its garlic, chili and citrus flavors.
Pairing this scrumptious dish with crunchy asparagus makes for a wonderful blend of textures and flavors, and no one will be able to tell how healthy and low-calorie this meal is!
2 pounds asparagus, tough ends trimmed, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 tablespoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic, powder
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1 pound tilapia, Pacific sole or other firm white fish fillets
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons lemon juice
Bring 1 inch of water to a boil in a large saucepan.
Put asparagus in a steamer basket, place in the pan, cover and steam until tender-crisp, about 4 minutes.
Transfer to a large plate, spreading out to cool.
Combine chili powder, garlic powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt on a plate.
Dredge fillets in the spice mixture to coat.
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
Add the fish and cook until just opaque in the center, gently turning halfway, 5 to 7 minutes total.
Divide among 4 plates.
Immediately add lemon juice, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and asparagus to the pan and cook, stirring constantly, until the asparagus is coated and heated through, about 2 minutes.
Serve the asparagus with the fish.