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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Spicy Fish Tacos

Yoplait Simplait Yogurt

Daily Tidbit:  I ate Yogurt for years before I realized that most of the Low Fat varieties I was eating contained artificial sweeteners.  I became so frustrated trying to find Yogurts that didn't have articifical colors or sweeteners in them that I basically just gave up eating it.  I was thrilled to see the above pictured option at Target last week:  Yoplait Simplait - just 6 ingredients.  It was a perfect addition to my Double Strawberry Smoothie with Spinach this morning!  

Here is more info on it, including the nutritional & ingredient break down: 


Oatmeal with Walnuts & Flaxseed

Breakfast: Oatmeal with Walnuts & Flaxseed  & Strawberry Smoothie

1/2 cup Plain uncooked Oatmeal, microwaved with
1 cup Fat Free Milk & topped with
1/2 tsp Pure Ground Cinnamon
2 tbsp plain chopped Walnuts
1/2 tbsp roasted Flaxseed
Double Strawberry Smoothie with Spinach (recipe below)
Regular Coffee, splash Fat Free Milk 


Ricotta Cheese & Roasted Red Pepper Crispbreads
Vegetarian Sweet Potato Chili

Lunch: Ricotta Cheese & Roasted Red Pepper Crispbreads
2 Sourdough Crispbreads, topped with Part Skim Ricotta Cheese and sliced jarred Garlic Marinated Roasted Red Peppers
1 cup Vegetarian Sweet Potato Chili (recipe below)
Decaf Coffee, splash Fat Free Milk


Snack:  20 Plain Almonds, Water



Spicy Fish Tacos
Dinner:  Spicy Fish Tacos
1 Fillet of Tilapia, marinated in spice blend (recipe below) and baked for 15 minutes in 400 degree oven.  Divided between 3 White Corn Tortillas and topped with Avocado, Sweet Onion, Red Onion, Scallions, diced Tomatoes, Red Cabbage and fresh cut Cilantro & fresh Lime Juice

Served with lots of Corn Tortilla Chips & jarred Salsa
Red Wine 


Avocado Chocolate Mousse

Dessert: Avocado Chocolate Mousse topped with Whipped Cream, Red Wine 

*I had a second bowl of this - YUM and YUM!



Vegetarian Sweet Potato Chili Recipe:

Put Dutch Oven on Stove on Medium Heat.  Add 1 tbsp Canola Oil and 1/2 large Onion, diced, and saute 5 minutes.  Add 1 Red Bell Pepper, diced, and saute another couple minutes.  Then add 1 tbsp Cumin, 1/2 tsp Chili Powder & 1 tsp crushed Garlic.  Saute until fragrant - 1-2 minutes. 

Then add the following items:

1 large can Whole Tomatoes in juice 

1 can Pinto Beans (drained/ rinsed) 

2 cans Black Beans (drained/ rinsed) 

4 oz can Roasted Green Chilis 

1 cup No Salt Added canned Corn 

1 large Sweet Potato (first microwave until soft, then skin and chop into bite sized pieces) 

1 cup Water

Stir everything together then heat to boiling, reduce heat, partially cover and simmer for 30 minutes.  Serve plain, or with shredded Cheddar Cheese. 


Spicy Fish Taco Spice Blend Recipe:
I have used this spice blend before with Shrimp; it is adapted from Alamelu's Spice Rubbed Seared Fish Recipe here:  

Click on the "More Info" tab below the video to get her exact recipe.

Tonight I used the following spice mix for the Spicy Fish Tacos:

1 tsp Cumin

1/2 tsp Cayenne

1 tsp Ginger

1 tsp Turmeric

1 tsp Garam Masala

1/2 tsp Salt

2 tsp minced Garlic

1 tbsp Lemon juice (freshly squeezed)

2 tbsp EVOO

I marinated the Tilapia in the spice mix for about 30 minutes and then baked it at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or so.  It flaked up wonderfully and made for a perfect spicy Taco!



Double Strawberry Smoothie with Spinach Recipe:

Into Blender put:

3/4 cup All Natural Strawberry Yogurt
1/4 cup All Natural Low Fat Plain Yogurt
1 cup fresh Strawberries
2 Bananas
1 cup Orange Juice
Large handful of Baby Spinach

Blend and serve!    


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