healthy pesto tilapia "get skinny meal"

I’ve always said that I don’t eat fish, so clearly I’m here today to bring you a delicious Pesto Tilapia. And I’m serious, it’s delicious. But! I will deny it if you tell my husband. He will then think he has to make me eat even more seafood, and I still just can’t do it. I really do hate it. I wish I didn’t, and I am trying to like seafood, but so far this is the only fish recipe of my own to make it on the site.

In fact, I was kind of chuckling to myself the other day that I even have a seafood section on the site here. I mean, there’s like one recipe in there. You don’t have to be a genius to figure out my preferred tastes there do ya. And this all got me thinking, I love food, and people know that, but there’s a ton we don’t know about each other. SOOOOO, I think we should chat.

healthy pesto tilapia "get skinny meal"

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  1. I hate being called, Carr. I’ll probably never admit it to your face because I hate that it makes people feel bad, but I cringe when people call me that.
  2. I played the flute and piccolo from ages 10-19, and then I stopped and I haven’t played since. It’s one of my biggest regrets ever. I wish I’d gone ahead and studied music in school like I had always planned until my senior year of high school
  3. I have a fear of falling and knocking my teeth out. True story. I pinch my mouth closed when walking down stairs etc as if it’s actually going to protect them or something.
  4. I worked on a proposal for the World Health Organization for Breast Feeding and it was accepted. This was concerning the under 5 mortality rate, helping to teach women to breastfeed, teach others to breastfeed, and keep a working system in place where women in the village meet together often and help other women succeed in caring for their infants.
  5. I sleep on the right side of my bed, always have and always will. My husband thinks it’s ridiculous that I can’t sleep on the left side, but it’s fact, I can’t.

Is Tilapia Good For You?

Tilapia is probably not as heart-healthy as fatty fish like salmon because of its low omega-3 levels.

But, Tilapia is a very good source of protein.

A 3.5 ounces serving of tilapia has 26 grams of protein and only 128 calories.

Tilapia is also rich in niacin, vitamin B12, phosphorus, selenium and potassium.

What Is Pesto?

Pesto is a sauce made of crushed basil leaves, pine nuts, garlic, Parmesan cheese, and olive oil.

It is served with pasta or as a dip or sauce.

How Long Will Pesto Keep?

Homemade pesto will keep for up to 7 days in the refrigerator.

Pesto can also be frozen for up to 4 months.

Lean Pesto Tilapia

Lean Pesto Tilapia

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Servings: 2 servings
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes


This lean pesto tilapia is healthy and delicious.



  • Heat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Drizzle olive oil evenly over each filet of fish and sprinkle with BBQ rub. Flip and repeat.
  • Heat a skillet over medium high heat and add a little more olive oil. Once shimmering, add the fish.
  • Cook for about 2 minutes until golden and flip.
  • Place in the oven for 10 minutes.
  • Serve over multi color quinoa.


You can actually bake these filets frozen. No need to even let them defrost if you don't have time, though you may want to add a few extra minutes onto the baking time.
Cover and store left overs in the refrigerator for up to 3 days


Serving: 3ouncesCalories: 332kcalCarbohydrates: 3.6gProtein: 6.1gCholesterol: 10.1mgFiber: 1.6gSugar: 0.6g
Author: Sweet Basil
Course: 100 Family Favorite Easy Healthy Recipes

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