Happy Monday, everyone! I love starting a new week off with a super healthy Monday meal. On the menu for tonight is a super easy almond crusted tilapia, paired with the best sweet potato fries. This dinner is definitely apartment/dorm friendly, packed with heart healthy fats, lean protein,  fiber rich complex carbs, and most importantly – delicious!

Tilapia is a great source of lean protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and a plethora of B vitamins. It just so happens that tilapia is also very light tasting in that it doesn’t have a very ‘fishy’ taste, even when frozen. When fresh isn’t available and/or I’m keeping grocery costs down, I will always have a bag of frozen tilapia in the freezer! It is so versatile, light, and packed with protein – how could you go wrong?! Chad suggested a “breaded” version for tonight so I met him in the middle with this almond based crumble.

Almond Crusted Tilapia

Start by thawing out your tilapia. Running them under hot water for a few minutes always seems to do the trick! Next, prep three bowls: #1 egg wash, #2 almond flour, and #3 crushed almonds. If you don’t have almond flour, regular flour will work just as well.

Crush up roughly a half cup of almonds (I used my food processor to save time) and add them to your first bowl. In a separate bowl, mix up an egg wash (I used an egg with a few drops of whole milk). Last but not least, add about a fourth cup of almond flour to your third and final bowl. This makes for a really easy, mess free station! Dip each fillet into the almond flour, then egg wash, and followed by the crushed almond crust. Place into a baking dish and let bake for 15-20 minutes at 375ºF.IMG_7633.jpg

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Salted Thyme Sweet Potato Fries

This is one of my favorite ways to have my sweet potatoes! Not to say any way is better than the next, because lets be real here, sweet potatoes are perfect in every way. I’ve seen a few recipes that call for corn starch or frying but I want to keep this as healthy as possible.

All you need to do is slice your sweet potato into “fry” like shapes – and trust me, sometimes they don’t look the prettiest. In a mixing bow, add a few tablespoons of olive oil and salt. Once completely combined, spread out the sweet potato fries onto a baking sheet, making sure not to overlap too many (otherwise they stay a bit softer). Sprinkle the fries with fresh dried thyme and optional extra salt. Let these babies bake for anywhere between 30-45 minutes at 375ºF and devour!

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Healthy breaded tilapia with a side of fries

{ If you saw my story, you know my lighting went down hill fast! I had to use flash – I know, every foodies nightmare – so bare with me }

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5 thoughts on “Almond Crusted Tilapia with Salty Thyme Sweet Potato Fries”

    1. Yes! I would totally be okay with that 😍👯 That sounds so good! We’ve been trying to incorporate more fish into our weekly meals so I am going to have to make that next!

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