Fish with chili-garlic aioli and avocado salad

People who think that eating healthy is difficult or expensive need to think again. See this delicious meal? I prepared it in about ten minutes for less than $5

Tastes as good as it looks

Making it was easy: I fried the fish with some olive oil for about five minutes on each side while I made the avocado salad. To make the avocado salad, I simply chopped up two avocados and one tomato and tossed* with olive oil, sea salt, and a few drops of balsamic vinegar. The chili-garlic aioli is just a tablespoon of mayonnaise mixed with Huy Fong sriracha sauce, available in any good grocery store.

Tilapia costs about $5/pound, and there is about a 1/4 pound on this plate.

I got the avocados at 5 for $1 at my local Mexican grocery. (Btw, never buy ripe avocados — they’ve been manhandled too much. Buy them when they’re hard and let them ripen on your counter. Putting them next to bananas will speed up the process, because of the ripening gas coming off the bananas).

The price of a tablespoon of mayonnaise and a tablespoon of sriracha sauce is negligible.

Total cost for two people (have a double portion if you’re single and hungry. It’s all healthy food):

Fish(1/2 lb): $2.50

Avocados(2): $.40

Tomatoes(1): $.25 or less

Mayonnaise: $.30 or less

Sriracha: $.25 or less

Total: $3.70

This even strikes me as a little on the extreme end of cheap, so let me clarify that I didn’t set out to make a really cheap dinner. I actually just threw this together from what I had on hand. And the point of this is not that you should eat only cheap food. Sometimes good food costs a little bit more, and it’s worth the expense.

No, the point of this is that eating delicious healthy meals is not complicated or time-consuming.

And a side benefit: does the picture above look like a meal that a girl would really appreciate? Of course it does. Women have more refined palates than we do, and they love to eat fresh food, tastefully prepared and presented. Learn to cook like this, and you’ll have them eating out of your hand.

And you’ll be a lot healthier, too.

Notes: Try to find a mayonnaise with no trans fats or added sugars. And if you’re unable to find Huy Fong sriracha sauce in your grocery store, you can get a sample pack for $8 plus shipping at Huy Fong’s Web-site.

*Toss, in the context of salad, means to stir around in a bowl. It does not require you to toss anything into the air.


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