Fish Taco

Sometimes we get fish tacos from Rubio’s just to have something different than your normal beef, chicken, or pork taco. But usually, fish tacos are made from breaded, fried fish. It’s not so bad if the fish is fresh and breaded right before frying. But like most chain joints, you really get frozen breaded fish that has been nuked and then fried. Talk about unappetizing!

We had some tilapia fillets that I cubed up and and marinated in lime juice, orange juice, s&p and oregano. Then I pan fried the fish until cooked through.

Here’s my fish taco, with a little of Jeremy’s secret spice rub #2 sprinkled on the fish. Garnished with jack cheese, some pineapple salsa, and some sliced avocados. ’twas good!

Aloha, Nate

Chopped Salad

Annie made this great chopped salad based on the “Chopped Mexican Salad with Roasted Peppers, Corn, Tomatoes & Avocado” recipe from Fine Cooking Magazine July 2006, p 57.

First, she roasted some seeded red bell peppers and corn in the oven with olive oil until the peppers were soft, then diced the peppers. She also diced up some tomatoes and avocado. She blanched some broccoli and chopped that up as well (the original recipe calls for diced jicama). All the ingredients were mixed together along with a drained can of black beans and garnished with chopped cilantro.

The dressing was a honey-lime-cumin vinaigrette which included garlic, lime juice, orange juice, shallots, honey, toasted ground cumin, olive oil and fresh ground black pepper. This is a great salad which has a lot of flavor and texture.

Aloha, Nate

Mushroom, Egg, and Cheese Burrito

Kids were eating quesadillas for lunch but I wanted something a little more substantial. We had some musgovian mushrooms in the fridge so I diced that up and sauteed them in some EVOO with s&p and Italian seasoning. Then I beat an egg and scrambled it, mixing the mushrooms in with the egg.

I warmed up a tortilla, laid down some shredded cheese, then spooned on some of the mushroom and egg filling. Folded it into a burrito, and let it heat through.

It was good, but I think it could have used the crunch of an onion or bell pepper.

Aloha, Nate

Fish Quesadilla and Shrimp Quesadilla

Costco sells these wonderful flour tortilla starts that you have to finish cooking in a warm skillet. There are many applications but the kids love just a standard cheese quesadilla made with a shredded Mexican cheese blend (also from Costco).

I was feeling like fish the other day but wasn’t in the mood for Chinese-style steamed fish. I was feeling more like a grilled fish sandwich. Annie said we have some tilapia fillets in the freezer…*ding!* How about a fish quesadilla?

We seasoned the fillets with salt and pepper then pan fried them with some olive oil. In another skillet we cooked the tortilla, sprinkled on the cheese, crumbled the fish onto the tortilla, then folded it in half to finish.

Meanwhile, I took a ripe avocado and diced it up. Then I diced up some garden tomatoes. Minced about a third of a red onion. Added a minced garlic clove. Seasoned with salt and pepper, and squeezed the juice from half a lemon over it all. Mixed together, and we have a lovely but not spicy salsa.

We still had half a bag of wild-caught shrimp in the freezer, so we defrosted, peeled, and deveined them. Then we sauteed the shrimp with chopped garlic and seasoned with salt and pepper. Those “shrimpadillas” were awesome!

Aloha, Nate

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