margarita grilled tilapia with cilantro black beans and rice

I luuuurve Chili’s (restaurant) Margarita Grilled Chicken, so when I found this recipe for Margarita Grilled Tilapia, I got excited.  Honestly, it tastes nothing like the restaurant version… but it is pretty fantastic in its own right.

What goes together better than margaritas and Mexican food?  Nothing!  So I scoured the interwebs for a black bean recipe that would fit the bill and came up with this recipe for Cilantro Black Beans.

The marinade contains some tequila, but you could skip it if you’re not a fan of alcohol.  There is plenty of flavor in there without it.  The lime juice cuts down on the “fishy” smell but will start to “cook” the tilapia if it’s left in the marinade too long, so try not to keep it in for more than half an hour. Continue reading

southwestern chopped salad with cilantro dressing

Yesterday was our vegetarian day, which you’d think would make a manly man like The Greek “Hulk smash!” angry, but this salad is so flavorful and delicious that it’s turned even this paragon of manhood into a rabbit (his word).  SWsalad

If, like my best friend, you hate cilantro, feel free to experiment with other dressings.  Perhaps something spicier?  Perhaps some ranch with a little chili powder added?

Ooh!  Or a 50/50 mix of ranch dressing and barbeque sauce – that dressing will change your life!  Try it.  You will weep tears of gustatory gratitude and laugh at the suckers who still go out to eat when you can make it at home.

Okay, so crying and laughing might make people question your bipolar status, but don’t let ’em get you down.  Ain’t no shame in loving your own food!

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