So I’m going to apply to be on The Next Food Network Star. J slash K, but seriously, leading cooking classes is beyond fun and the gals and I had a blast last night! I got to talk about farmed vs. wild salmon and all the health benefits of omega 3’s, how to add a lot of flavor to dishes without a lot of calories and fat, and why it’s so important to keep things fresh and exciting in your diet. If you don’t love what you’re eating at your next meal, how do you really feel about choosing healthy options for a lifetime?
Right. It aint…gunna…happen.
I’m on a huge fish kick lately, in case you hadn’t noticed. I’ve moved on (for the moment) from breakfast (i.e. baked doughnuts) and all things buffalo chicken-y. Though I made some amazing oats for breakfast yesterday, and Mr. Prevention was just day dreaming about Buffalo Chicken Dip last night…
There is something about summer, fish, and fresh fruits and vegetables that just calls my name…it’s what a crave. While the comfort foods of winter have come and gone, I am welcoming with open arms the colors, smells, and freshness of summer!
Back about 7 years ago, Mr. Prevention and I had just started dating. I had just finished my freshmen year of college and over the summer was living with my parents. Mark (he wasn’t Mr. P quite yet) had an internship in LA and wanted me to come visit. Being the very caring (read: over-protective, but in good, loving way) parents that they were, they forbid I go to LA to see Mark.
Welllll, that didn’t really stop me. I “went to the university (of Illinois) to celebrate my birthday with my good friend Megan”. It was a pretty believable
white lie...I thought. I had some friends drop me off at Midway airport, and off I went to LA for a wonderful weekend with Mark. Of course, somehow, my mother knew – oops. Moms have a 6th sense, I’m tellin’ ya. Sorry, mom….
Anyways. That was the one and only time I’ve been to LA…which makes me think of fish tacos. Never before being in LA had I heard of such a thing. I love fish, and I love tacos…but together? I wasn’t quite so sure.
Obviously, that changed in one quick bite. I was sold. These suckers are goood. And while there are numerous ways to make fish tacos, they are many times deep-fried making them a not-so-hot choice. If you opt for a low-fat or fat-free cooking method, however, fish tacos are a brilliantly healthy choice. Here’s a great recipe to try, compliments of Cooking Light.
Fish Tacos with Lime-Cilantro Crema slightly adapted from Cooking Light, December 2006
1/4 cup (about 3) green onions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
3 Tbsp low-fat mayonnaise
3 Tbsp reduced-fat sour cream
1 tsp lime rind, grated
1 1/2 tsp fresh lime juice
pinch of salt
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp ground red pepper
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1 1/2 lbs mahi mahi fillets
8 (6-inch) corn tortillas
2 cups cabbage, shredded
Preheat oven to 425 F.
To prepare crema, combine the first 8 ingredients in a small bowl; set aside.
To prepare tacos, combine cumin and next 5 ingredients (through garlic powder) in a small bowl; sprinkle spice mixture evenly over both sides of fish. Place fish on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 425 for 13-15 minutes or until fish flakes easily. Break fish into pieces with a fork. Heat tortillas according to package directions. Divide fish evenly among tortillas; top each with 1/4 cup cabbage and 1 tablespoon crema. Yield: 4 servings (2 tacos each).
Nutrition Information (per serving): 323 calories; 7 g. fat; 124 mg. cholesterol; 401 mg. sodium; 28.5 g. carbohydrate; 3.3 g. fiber; 35.5 g. protein
Result: Quick, simple, light, and summery! This is a dish that comes together in 20 minutes or less. While your fish is baking (or grilling – that’s an option, too!), you can prepare the crema and chop the cabbage. Feel free to use your fish of choice – the recipe called for red snapper, but I opted for the on-sale mahi mahi. And you can’t beat those nutrition stats! An ideal summer meal for seafood lovers! Enjoy![/print_this]
Question: Have you ever had fish tacos? What did you think?
P.S. I passed my drivers test (I was just as concerned about passing as some of you said you would be!)…now I just need plates! 😉