Wednesday, February 1

{What's For Dinner?}




Cooking dinner for my husband is a blast, but at times I've found myself running out of ideas.  It's hard to be creative after a long day! I'm sure you all hardly ever lose sight of the creative...
Just in case, I thought I would share the dinner ideas I can up with to help you avoid another left-overs night.  Keep a look out on my Facebook page for the {What's for Dinner?} statuses.  I'll be posting my meal creations as often as I try something new and yummy.  I won't always be able to share the recipe, but hopefully you can get an idea from my descriptions! I want the posts to get your juices flowing and spark your own meal ideas!

My dinner last night turned out delicious and, might I add, rather pretty.  Inspired by a lovely restaurant's version of coconut rice and good ole' Trader Joe's,  I compiled some yummy ingredients to create this delicious and very nutritious meal.  It incorporates the complete protein of Brown Rice and Black Beans, fresh Tuna protein and fibrous, vitamin-rich, raw Spinach. Take a peak!


{Creamy Coconut Brown Rice & Fresh Ahi Tuna Filet}

3-4 Cups Brown Rice
2 Cups Unsweetened Coconut Milk
1/2 Cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
Paprika to Taste
Sea Salt to Taste

Fresh Ahi Tuna Filets ( I used Trader Joe's pre-marinated)

Cooked Black Beans
Sea Salt to Taste
Fresh Spinach (with stems removed)
Fresh Organic Tomato Diced

**I added steamed, salted and spiced Broccoli on the side as well.  Have fun and pick a fresh veggie for your side dish!

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. In a large sauté pan on medium low add the Brown Rice, Coconut Milk, Coconut and Spices.  Stir every so often, allowing the rice to soak up all the milk, until thick.  Add more spices if needed as it thickens.  Place the Tuna filets in a baking pan or dish and bake in your oven for 12 minutes.  You want the filet moist, so do not over cook! Heat your Black Beans, dice your Tomatoes and ready your Spinach.  Scoop Coconut Rice onto your serving plate, layer the warm Black Beans followed by the Spinach.  Once the fish is ready, pull from the oven and immediately place on top of the Spinach.  Sprinkle your tower with the tomatoes to finish. Ta Da!  You have a gourmet dinner! 

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