Jun 302010
Recently I discovered Clean Eating Magazine.  I love the fresh ingredients, colorful photos, easy to read recipes and nutrition information for each.  
I’m in trouble….another food magazine to love.
But you will be proud of me.  Instead of hoarding the magazines until it becomes unbearable and we have to drop them all off at the local home for the elderly (don’t worry we still drop off the National Geographics), I have begun the process of cutting out the recipes I want to try and placing them in a three ring binder.
This was one that made the cut. After making it, I now know why.  The sweet banana really stood out against the spicy jalapeno and chili powder.  It literally took me 15 minutes to make this one from start to finish. 
Their recipe called for six tilapia fillets so two would be left over to go with the extra salsa; however, I’ll had to come up with another round two recipe (which will be posted later) as I only bought four fillets.  I also forgot to put the tsp of chili powder in the salad but it was still so good even Chris ate it and he’s not big on dishes with fruit in them.
This one is a definite keeper and I highly suggest checking out Clean Eating Magazine for yourself!

Chili Rubbed Tilapia with Banana Black Bean Salad
Altered from Clean Eating Magazine’s Grilled Tilapia with Banana Black-Bean Salad


4 tilapia fillets
1 tsp chili powder
Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
Cooking Spray

Salad (This can be made while fish is cooking or in advance.)

1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 bananas, peeled and chopped
2 jalapenos, seeded and diced
1/2 red onion, diced
1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper


1. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat and spray with cooking spray.

2. Season fish with chili powder, salt and pepper and place in pan.  Cook each side for three to four minutes or until fish is cooked through.

3. Mix salad ingredients.

4. Top each piece of fish with 2/3 cup salad mixture. 

**There will be some salad mixture left over for use in a round two recipe.

  11 Responses to “Clean Eating’s Chili Rubbed Tilapia with Banana Black Bean Salad”

  1. Oh wow – black bean and bananas???? Interesting combo.

  2. the banana and black bean combo is so interesting! this plate looks so healthy and delicious!

    for buttermilk, i've heard of using 1 tsp. white vinegar with 1 c. milk, let it sit for 5 minutes and it will create a buttermilk like substitute.

  3. Super recipe. I like incorporating just a little fruit into the main meal, it seems to prevent sweet dessert cravings.

  4. I also love Clean Eating. I always take the time to read it when I visit our bookstore. This tilapia looks like a wonderfully fresh summer meal. Yum!

  5. What an intriguing combination of the black beans and bananas!

  6. This recipe looks so good that I decided to make my first comment on it! Loving the banana/black bean salad . . . .So fresh and summery! Love this blog, too, btw.

  7. The banana is quite interesting in this – I want to try it out!!

  8. Oh great…now another magazine for ME to get addicted to! No good :P

    I love the banana black bean salad…I rarely use banana in savory dishes but it sounds good!

  9. What an unusual combination of ingredients. It looks very interesting.

  10. oooh I am definitely saving this one. Banana is one fruit I've never tried in a salsa and it sounds delicious!

  11. […] have done this flavor combo in the past before switching to a plant based diet.  It was so wonderful that I tried it again with hummus but […]

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