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Mock Ceviche

July/August 2007, EatingWell for a Healthy Heart Cookbook (2008)

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Traditionally, ceviche is raw fish that's “cooked” by marinating it in acidic citrus juice. Here we quickly poach the tilapia then marinate it with fresh herbs, lime juice and crunchy vegetables for an easy summer dinner. Make it a meal: Serve with warm corn tortillas.


Mock Ceviche Recipe

Makes: 4 servings, about 1 1/2 cups each

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound tilapia fillets, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1-2 jalapeño peppers, minced
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large green bell pepper, halved crosswise and thinly sliced
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 cup very thinly sliced white onion
  • 1/4 cup quartered green olives
  • 1 avocado, chopped

Preparation

  1. Place tilapia in a medium skillet. Cover with water. Bring to a boil over high heat, remove from the heat, cover and let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, place jalapeño to taste in a small bowl and whisk in lime juice, 2 tablespoons cilantro, oregano and salt. Transfer the tilapia to a large, shallow, nonreactive dish with a slotted spoon and pour the lime juice mixture over the top. Add bell pepper, tomato, onion and olives; gently mix to combine. (It’s OK if the tilapia breaks apart.) Cover and chill for at least 20 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle with the remaining cilantro and avocado just before serving.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 hours.

Nutrition

Per serving: 236 calories; 11 g fat (2 g sat, 7 g mono); 57 mg cholesterol; 13 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 25 g protein; 5 g fiber; 378 mg sodium; 831 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (80% daily value), Potassium (24% dv), Folate (22% dv), Vitamin A (15% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 1/2

Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 3 very lean meat, 2 fat



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