No Plan Meal Planning – Tilapia Tacos with Corn Guacamole

I used to do a very detailed weekly meal plan, then grocery shop on Sunday getting everything I needed for the week.  While I do enjoy this method, lately I have been taking a different approach and I think saving money in the process.

I still typically go grocery shopping on the weekend, but I usually also find myself near one of my favorite store during the week such as Land and Sea where I get amazing deals on my proteins, and Aldi where produce can be hit or miss, but I usually have pretty good luck and pay less than half the other grocery stores.

I will make a general list of  my staples I need such as produce, cereal, coffee, creamer, Greek yogurt, canned beans, whole grains cheese, some sort of bread, etc… Then I check out the deals at Publix usually.  I’ll buy things that are healthy and a good deal.

As long as I have a wide range of healthy whole foods, I am usually able to get creative when it comes time for dinner.  I am constantly finding inspiration from The Food Network, The Cooking Channel, Pinterest, cookbooks and food magazines.

Most days I just stand in front of the fridge to see what I have to work with and something usually (not always) comes to me.

Here’s what I had to work with today;

Corn guacamole with tomato, onion and lime:

– 1 and 1/2 avocados

-1 and 1/2 tomatoes

-half a lime (juiced)

-red onion (I used about 1/4 finely diced)

-half a jalapeno finely diced

-1 cup frozen sweet corn kernels

I mixed all the ingredients together with salt and pepper and a simple delicious topping for my tilapia tacos was born.

For the tilapia, I dusted the filets with Creole seasoning and pan seared in a little extra virgin olive oil on medium heat for about 6 minutes per side, sliced and served on tortillas topped with queso fresco and hot sauce.  So easy and delicious.

I think the key to this method of  “no plan meal planning”, is to use fresh quality ingredients as simply as possible.  To embrace a minimal style of cooking that relies on the ingredients to shine through makes for a naturally healthy meal that takes little time to prepare.

This is how I do 95% of my meals.  There are also times I get a craving for something or want to try a new recipe that requires more planning and time, and I am more than happy to cook those as well.  But with a busy schedule and late evenings of work, this way works well for me right now.

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2 thoughts on “No Plan Meal Planning – Tilapia Tacos with Corn Guacamole

  1. Now this is getting too freaky, Emilee! Yesterday, I was just telling you about getting my tilapia at Land and Sea once a week…haha! I also subscribe to Food & Wine and I make similar tilapia tacos…I add cilantro, but I have not tried them with the corn…that sounds great! Are you going to tell me that you are a Leo, too?!

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