Tilapia with Chimichurri sauce
Sauce serves 6
1/4 cup olive oil
2/3 cup sherry vinegar
3/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
3 tablespoons fresh oregano, chopped
3 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
6 large cloves garlic, chopped
Combine all ingredients. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
Bake Tilapia in oven at 375F for 10 minutes, on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
When serving the Tilapia, spoon Chimichurri sauce onto cooked fillets. Serve with salad, rice or roasted root vegetables.
The green sauce accompaniment to the Tilapia is loaded with nutrients and adds color, texture, and a delicious flavor. The herbs in this recipe offer plenty of vitamins and minerals and are rich in antioxidants which protect the body from free radicals which can cause numerous diseases of the body such as cancer, arthritis, and heart disease. They also are high in dietary fiber which helps control blood cholesterol levels. Oregano belongs to the mint family and is related to thyme. It is used in a variety of dishes and pairs well with tomatoes. In Greek, oregano means “joy of the mountain”. Oregano is a good source of nutrients such as Vitamins A, Iron and Calcium and is a good source of dietary fiber. Parsley is packed full of nutrients and is a very good source of Vtamin A, C, K, Folate, Calcium and Magnesium to name a few. This fresh flavored herb is used as garnishes and for flavoring and offers numerous health benefits. Olive oil is great for salads as well as for cooking. The main type of fat in olive oil is MUFAs, monounsaturated fatty acids which have been known to lower cholesterol levels including “bad” LDL cholesterol levels and help our bodies absorb vitamins and minerals from foods. Replacing unhealthy fats with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats is a great way to enhance your health. Vitamin C found in lemons is necessary for the growth and repair of many tissues in the body and can protect against free radicals. Vitamin C is known for its anti- inflammatory and anti oxidative properties. Garlic is a very good source of Vitamin C, B6 and Manganese. Throughout centuries, garlic has been claimed to have certain medicinal benefits including cures for healing wounds or warding off demons. Today, garlic has been associated with lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, preventing blood clots, fighting infections and preventing cancer. This recipe provides quality protein sources that are low in saturated fat, as well as offering a good balance of healthful fats, and a wide variety of vitamins, and minerals. This healthy recipe will be an exceptional light meal during the holiday season. Enjoy!