Blackened Tilapia with Cilantro Aioli + Mango Salsa, and My Envy-Worthy Plans

Can I please start this post off with the cutest picture ever?


One of my best friends, Alissa, got this adorable letterman jacket for Louie, and I just can’t stand how freaking cute it is. Louie walks a little more bow-legged, but I think it’s his way of telling us just how much he loves it. He is such a Nole it hurts.

Moving on.. I started my morning in a Pure Barre class with Megan. My legs were shaking extra hard this morning, so I know the class was working. By the time the class ended, I felt like I was ready to audition for ABC (American Ballet Company, for those of you who don’t know. Actually, I only know about ABC from the movie Center Stage, so I don’t even know if it really exists), or So You Think You Can Dance, whichever is more exclusive.

I love the high-energy that I always get from the Pure Barre instructors, and feel that they pack the most they can into a one hour class.

I also spent about an hour waiting at the DMV, to get up to the window and be told we didn’t have the correct paperwork. I love bureaucracy! Luckily,this was the most annoying part of my day, and if that’s the most I can complain about, I feel like it was a good day!

I read by the pool with Louie in the afternoon.. Life is hard these days. For both of us.


Remember when I said earlier that the DMV was the most annoying part of my day? I take it back. The most annoying part of my day happened at Publix, because I can never learn from my mistakes.


When will I understand that I need to choose the grocery cart over the grocery basket? This happens. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. I still had to pick up 4 items after this picture was snapped – you can imagine how ridiculous I looked walking with a cereal box between my legs.

And finally I came home and prepared dinner for the family. This is probably one of my favorite seafood dishes I’ve created in a while, and I think my favorite part of it was the cilantro aioli.


Blackened Fish Tacos with Cilantro Aioli + Mango Salsa

1 1/2 lbs Tilapia or Catfish

2 Tbsp cumin

2 Tbsp paprika

1 Tbsp pepper

1/2 tbsp garlic powder

Juice from 1 Lime

1/3 of a red onion, sliced

Shredded lettuce

1/2 tbsp olive oil

flour or corn tortillas


Lay fish on a large tray and squeeze lime juice over both sides of fish. In a small bowl, mix all spices, and evenly distribute spices over both sides of fish. Heat olive oil in a deep frying pan, and saute onions for about 10 minutes. Remove onions from pan and set aside. Add fish to the pan, and pan sear fish for about 4-5 minutes per side. Serve atop lettuce, onion, and tortilla, with Mango Salsa and/or Cilantro Aioli (below)

Cilantro Aioli (Healthy Version)

1 cup fresh cilantro

1 single serving container of fat free plain greek yogurt

juice from 1/2 lemon

1 tsp cumin

2 tbsp fat free mayo

1 garlic clove


Place all ingredients in a food processor and chop until smooth and creamy.



The tangy flavor from the cilantro aioli that came from the greek yogurt really made this dish taste almost refreshing. I’ll be making this again, for sure!

I can’t believe it’s almost the weekend – where has the time gone?! I have a dentist and DMV appointment on my agenda today. It’s natural to feel jealous 😉


6 thoughts on “Blackened Tilapia with Cilantro Aioli + Mango Salsa, and My Envy-Worthy Plans

  1. Looks great! A couple suggestions: dicing the red onion may be a better option, better mouth feel than a large slice. Second, it’s not really an aioli if it’s fat free :). Using olive oil combined with an egg instead of mayo/yogurt is more tasty and just as healthy!

    • Thanks again for your suggestions, maybe I’ll try my aioli that way next time 🙂 We are onion lovers over here, so we love our sliced onions sauteed and served atop almost anything 🙂

  2. Yum!! This sounds so delicious! I will definitely give it a try! I’m a huge fan of fish tacos 🙂 Also, I love the grocery basket situation. I used to do the same thing and finally started getting the little carts (most of the time… sometimes I still underestimate how much I need)!

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