Trying new food is a hot-button topic at my dinner table. My husband claims to be an open-minded man when it comes to cuisine, but the reality is that new recipes are met with resistance. Especially if the word “healthy” is involved.
Eating healthy can be overwhelming if you dive in head-first. Instead of abruptly changing our eating patterns, I decided to phase healthy recipes into our traditional mix. I chose this Broiled Tilapia With Mustard -Chive Sauce as a first-attempt and stacked the deck in my favor by selecting a dish that had a lot of familiar, husband-approved ingredients in it. Plus, the mustard-chive sauce only called for things I keep in the pantry, which is great because buying a full container of something when a recipe calls for half a teaspoon drives me nuts.
I added a clove of grated garlic and a quarter teaspoon of powdered horseradish to the sauce, spooned it over the broiled tilapia and held my breath. My husband took one whiff and devoured the entire meal without a single complaint. He even used the steamed snow peas I made to mop up the extra sauce, and peas are arguably his least favorite food. It’s definitely a dish I’ll make again.
A couple tips to keep in mind:
- If you’re looking to help your family (or yourself) eat better, start with a healthy recipe that has familiar ingredients and flavors in it.
- I’m personally a fan of this quick and simple healthy recipe collection for healthy weeknight meal ideas.
- Don’t be afraid to personalize the flavor profiles, just be smart about what you add (grated garlic is great, tablespoons of butter are not).
- Keep side dishes simple: steamed vegetables or sliced tomatoes make for perfect accompaniments to this light fish dish.