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Living Lean & Green; How To Cook Green and Healthy For $10 or Less - Grilled Tilapia Tacos with Avocado Salsa

Posted Oct 18 2010 9:12am

Chef Ryan's delicious taco dinner is $10 or less and very easy to cook, especially with freshness from your garden. It includes tomatoes and onions from my very own front lawn veggie stash and is one of the most delicious and inexpensive taco meals you can prepare.

From a green and healthy perspective, it is a great idea to grow vegetables. Chemical-free and extremely "local", it takes a low amount of money and energy to grow your own. Saving money is easy when you can walk out into your garden, pick a vegetable, and bring this

directly in to your family to consume.

If you are on a tight budget, cherry tomatoes are definitely the tomatoes to grow because they give you a lot of bang for the buck. They are an astounding production tomato. All season long - whether planted in full sun or partial shade, cherry tomatoes keep coming and coming. They seem to perform better if not overwatered and allowed to dry out between waterings. With this in mind, growing a cherry tomato plant is super-easy. Growing them directly in the soil with a little rotted manure mixed in is all it takes. Cherry tomatoes seem to be much more productive when grown directly in the soil, although it is possible to grow them in a container.

Above you see a "how to" video that features the amazing Sun Gold Cherry Tomato and onions I grew myself. Below is the delicious recipe. 

Tequila Glazed Fish Tacos with Avocado Salsa

1 lb tilapia fillets
1 tsp canola oil

8 each corn tortillas

Tequila Glaze

1 jalapeno pepper sliced extra-thin with seeds
3 Tbs honey
3 Tbs tequila
1 1/3 Tbs cider vinegar
3 Tbs lime juice
3/16 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

Avocado Salsa

2/3 medium avocado, diced
1 1/3 Tbs red onion -- fine dice
6 Tbs quartered cherry tomatoes (these are variety 'Sun Gold' from Burpee Home Gardens )
1 jalapeno pepper, diced with seeds
1 1/3 Tbs lime juice (appx half a lime juiced)
1 1/3 Tbs cilantro, chopped
11/16 tsp cumin, powder
salt to taste

To make the Glaze:

1. Combine all the ingredients for the glaze in a small saucepan and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for about 10-15 minutes or until glaze has reduced by half.

2. Remove from heat and let cool.

For the Fish:

1. Heat a large sauté pan (or grill) over medium-high heat for 1 minute. Turn the heat down to medium and add the olive oil.  Season the fish with salt and pepper and add to the pan. Cook for about 5-8 minutes on the first side or until golden brown.

2. Turn the fish over and cook on the other side for 2-4 minutes, or until cooked through.  Baste with the glaze during the last few minutes of cooking.

To make the Salsa:

1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Season to taste with salt and pepper

To Serve:

1. Heat the corn tortillas to  make them pliable. Top with fish and salsa.

Servings: 4 -- cost is under $10

To learn more about rain water cisterns and rain exchange systems for your garden and lawn, please go to the sponsor for the "Living Lean and Green; How To Cook Healthy For $10 or Less" video series, Aquascape Inc., at They have an amazing website filled with ideas to help you live more sustainably by collecting and utilizing rain water, particularly to water a garden.

The "Living Lean and Green; How To Cook Healthy For $10 or Less"video series features Chef Ryan Hutmacher, The Centered Chef of Centered Chef Food Studios ( , cooking with me (Shawna Coronado - in my front lawn vegetable garden. Together, we are creating meals which cost a family of four $10 or less to prepare and features organic vegetables I have grown myself. 

Today's Grilled Tilapia recipe features cherry tomatoes I grew myself. Please link to instructions here on - HOW TO PLANT A TOMATO - .  Additional how-to gardening information can be found on my gardening blog --

-- Burpee Home Gardens supplied the vegetables grown in the garden this season. I  write many instructional stories and videos with their incredible vegetable products and donate a large portion of the vegetables to the local food pantry when harvested.

-- Organic Mechanics Soil supplied the worm castings for the garden areas which were not crop-rotated this season.

-- Aquascape, Inc. sponsored the videos and supplied the rain water cistern for easier watering of the vegetable garden. , The Green Blog - , or The Garden Blog -

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