This recipe is adapted from one made by my host mother. Rather than serving it with heavy fried food it works beautifully with soft corn tortillas, thick Greek yoghurt and a nice light white fish.
Tomatoes are an excellent source of lycopene, a pigment that gives them their vibrant red colour. Lycopene is rich in antioxidants, supports good heart health, has been credited for fighting against a range of cancers including breast, colon and lung cancer, is beneficial for those suffering asthma and has been linked to stroke prevention.
Capsicum/bell peppers are an excellent source of vitamin C (most highly concentrated in the red variety). They have been linked to helping reduce bad cholesterol, manage diabetes and have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities that have been credited for their cancer fighting properties.
Garlic and onions are great for the immune system, limes are wonderfully alkalising and good for digestion and chillies are said to help fight infection and also reduce inflammation.
White fish provides the body with good quality lean protein while avocado compliments by providing a good dose of healthy fats. Spread some good quality thick greek yoghurt on your tortillas and you’ll also give your body a serve of nourishing probiotics.
- 4 skinless, boneless firm white fish fillets such as sea bass, flathead or other similar fish of your choice – approx 800g / 1.75 lb
- 12 corn tortillas
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- Large handful coriander/cilantro leaves around 15g / 5oz
- 1 cup good quality natural greek yoghurt
- 2 large ripe tomatoes
- 1 capsicum/(bell) pepper -I prefer to use yellow or green but red will work fine too
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1 medium sized red chilli, seeds removed
- Half a red onion
- 1 clove garlic/ 1 tsp minced garlic
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1.5 tbs olive oil
- 50g/1.75 oz pitted black olives (optional)
- Salt and pepper to taste
For the Salsa
- If using a food processor, add the onion, garlic and chilli until finely chopped then add the tomatoes for a few seconds until they’re reduced to small chunks but ideally not completely smooth. Remove and drain using a sieve until the excess moisture is removed. Alternatively you can finely chop all the ingredients by hand, again drain using a sieve to remove excess liquid.
- Chop the avocado into small chunks and add to the mixture
- Stir in the lime juice, 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 teaspoon of cumin and season with salt and pepper
- Chop two thirds of the coriander/cilatro leaves (approx 10g or a third of an ounce) and mix through
The Fish & Corn Tortillas
- Heat the BBQ to a medium to high heat. If you prefer you can cook the fish in a frying pan and the tortillas in a char grill pan or according to packet instructions.
- Sprinkle each of the fish fillets with a little cumin, season with salt and pepper and brush with olive oil
- Brush the tortillas with on each side with the remaining olive oil
- Cook the fish on the BBQ or in the frying pan for a couple of minutes each side and the tortillas on the BBQ or char grill pan for around a minute each side or until they just start to turn brown
Enjoy the tortillas spread with plenty of natural Greek yoghurt, stuffed with the fish and salsa and topped with black olives and the remaining coriander/cilantro leaves.
For those on a paleo/low carb dinner, simply omit the tortillas.
Vary the salsa by adding fresh corn (from a single corn cob) or add extra chilli if you like things hot