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Sweet Sesame Tilapia & Cauliflower Fried Rice Power Bowls

Sweet Sesame Tilapia & Cauliflower Fried Rice Power Bowls

Mmm, ditty. I've been a busy bee in the kitchen. You know, just buzzing' up a new lil summer recipe. Gotta keep it jazzy, folks.  

With Memorial Day approaching, it's evident that summer is on the horizon [hopefully... get it together, CHICAGO!]. Lately, I've been vibin' on some lighter fare these days. Fish! Yum. It's my go-to, and feels very summer-esque, right?! I like to pair it with a big ole base of greens and some roasted veggies.

9 out of 10 times I'll make salmon. Ha. I could eat it every night, honestly. But, I decided to broaden my horizons for this dish and whip up some tilapia. Oh boy. Let me tell YA! It turned out pretty fab [not tooting my own horn here, but, BEEP BEEP]. I'm very excited to share the recipe below. 

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Also, because I'm an honest gal who values transparency, I'll be real with you all. A company called Path of Life reached out to me recently and asked if I'd be interested in sampling their new cauliflower fried rice product. They are a family owned, natural and organic food company based in Chicago, Illinois. Claps and snaps for local goodies! 

I'm cautious about accepting samples and, in return, creating product posts for brands. However, the isn't a new partnership. In fact, I've had many products from this brand in the past [shout out to the Mediterranean quinoa] and can wholehearlty attest that they're ALL fab. Path of Life sells an awesome array of simple, clean eats, that are endlessly versatile for any meal. Without hesitation, I said YES to the cauliflower fried rice... because A.) I knew it would be bomb.com and, B.) I'm a basic b who loves cauliflower anything. It was sure to be a win-win. 

I started brainstorming recipes immediately. 

The cauliflower fried rice comes frozen [find it in your local grocery store's frozen foods aisle]. Just simply pop a bag into the microwave for 4 min. Easy-peasy. And it's delicious. 

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Alright, back to this recipe. Focus, beezy! 

I eat what I like to call a "power bowl" pretty regularly. It's definitely not rocket science. It's so easy to throw together just using whatever veggies and protein you already have prepped in the fridge. 

I start by adding a big base of greens to a bowl [I like Trader Joe's cruciferous crunch blend], then some roasted veggies [varies, depending on what's in my fridge that week], a lil protein [fish or chicken usually], some healthy fats [avocado, nuts], and a quick shimmy shake of coconut aminos. It's as simple as that! For this dish I knew the fried cauliflower rice would be a phenomenal addition. A lil extra flav-flav?! OKAY. 

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For the protein in this dish I knew I wanted a white, mild fish of some sort. No salmon. I went into Whole Foods ... and, BAM! Walked out with 2 tilapia fillets. Great choice. I jazzed them up will a lil sweet sesame marinade and it turned out to be a perfect compliment to the fried cauliflower rice. 

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Next, the veggies! I kept it simple, per usual. Broccoli and red bell peppers. Pop those bad boys into the oven for a lil roast n' toast. These were the perfect addition for an added crispy crunch to the power bowl. 

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And then for the final finishing touches, I topped the dish off with a packet of Trader Joe's seedy almond salad topper. It's like the "everything but the bagel sesame seasoning' ... but BETTER. love it. 

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bon appetite, my friends. 

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Sweet Sesame Tilapia & Cauliflower Fried Rice Power Bowls

Power Bowl Ingredients

  • 2 tilapia fillets 
  • TJ's cruciferous crunch [or any kind of salad greens that you prefer]
  • 1 cup Path of Life fried cauliflower rice [cook entire bag, and divide into preferred portions]
  • 1 cup of broccoli [chopped florets]
  • 1 medium red bell paper [sliced]
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 individual packet of Trader Joe's seedy almond salad toppers
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil [for roasting the veggies]

 Sweet Sesame Marinade

  • 1 lemon [half for the juice; half for garnish]
  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 1 tablespoon blue agave sweetener 
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl mix together the ingredients for the sweet sesame marinade [juice of 1/2 a lemon, coconut aminos, blue agave sweetener, and toasted sesame oil]. Add tilapia fillets into a shallow baking dish and pour marinade over the fish. Top with sliced lemons, and a lil salt and pepper. Cover and place in fridge to flavorize [yum.] for about 1 - 2 hours.
  2. Meanwhile, prep veggies by washing and chopping the red bell pepper and broccoli florets. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper, and add chopped veggies. Add a lil coconut oil, salt and pepper. 
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pop veggies in for 15 minutes. After those 15 minutes have elapsed, add tilapia to the oven, while leaving the veggies in to continue roasting. Allow both dishes to cook for an additional 15 - 20 minutes. 
  4. While veggies and tilapia are cooking in the oven, pop frozen bag of Path of Life cauliflower fried rice into the microwave for 4 minutes. Remove from microwave. Let sit for 1 minute. 
  5. In a bowl, add a heaping handful of the cruciferous crunch to one side, the cauliflower fried rice to another side and pop on that GORG lil half of an avocado. 
  6. Add roasted veggies and cooked tilapia. Finish with a topping of the TJ's seedy almond salad mix. 
  7. NOMZ.
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