One thing I want to give my family is optimal health and longevity. I am giving them this by teaching them as I hope somehow I can teach those who read my blog as well as be taught in return. A lot of the changes I have made in my life over the period of three years has been brought upon by changes in how I cook, what I cook with, and the WHY behind it, like this Thyme Roasted Tilapia. All this information was brought to me by either my readers or other bloggers of whom I read their blogging. Had it not been for those blessed by God with a passion for sharing knowledge of health and fitness, who knows where I would be in my path to recovery?
I love my family. I realize now that I can only have this jet set life for a certain time until we settle down and want kids. Once that time comes, this part of my life will be over. I will be left with plentiful memories of fabulous times. This only leads me to believe that I will have stupendous stories to tell my kids and their kids and their kids' kids, too. I do it for them—not just for the stories but for the success this can bring my family and them for generations to come cause boy do I have stories to tell!
Part of my stories to tell is to you all about how I discovered the perfect taste of citrus jam and Thyme Roasted Tilapia. Okay, okay…maybe I didn’t discover it but at least here in my kitchen it was a first. I always hated cooking with thyme. It tasted so strange to me. I realize now that I wasn’t combining it with the right flavors—same as my issue with dill which I solved last night with my Greek Burgers. I have surely opened my mind to new things with this journey with using different herbs, spices, and seasonings being one of them.
Thyme Roasted Tilapia
Sweet mandarin jam with a hint of ground thyme over fillets of Thyme Roasted Tilapia. All these wonderful flavors come together nicely in this dish.
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 30 mins
Make a batch of Baked Asparagus Spears.
Preheat oven to 400° F.
Lightly grease a pan with ½ tbsp of coconut oil. Cook the tilapia fillets about 2 minutes on each side or until lightly browned.
Lightly grease a small baking sheet with ½ tbsp of coconut oil. Place the tilapia fillets on the baking sheet with enough space between each one. Set aside.
Peel mandarin and remove all pith possible. Separate each segment while making sure there are no seeds. Mince garlic clove. Set aside.
Heat a small pot to medium-high with the remaining coconut oil. Once melted, add mandarin segments to pot. As juices from the mandarin are released the mixture will seem watery. Lower temperature to medium. Add coconut sugar and thyme. This mixture will begin to caramelize. As this happens, add minced garlic and salt. Cover with lid and bring down to a simmer for a few minutes.
Cover the fillets with your mandarin thyme jam. Cook in the oven for approximately 8 minutes. Remove from oven. Allow to cool.
Serve with a side of my baked asparagus spears, as found on the blog.