Family Fun Day – Recipes: Tex-Mex Fish Tacos and Creamy Taco Sauce

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We decided to start our spring break a little early.   Sean had taken Friday off work so that we go could to Sea World.  Since it was rainy and cold, Sea World was out.  But, not being ones to let a little rain drag us down, we changed our plans and declared it Family Fun Day. We went to lunch. Photobucket Photobucket And, then we went bowling. Photobucket It was Summer and Ethan’s first time to bowl. They started with the little bowling rack and then advanced to rolling the ball all by themselves. Gabriel was the ultimate big brother, helping them with their first bowling adventure. Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Watching the littles bowl was the highlight of the trip.  They had so much fun.  Ethan was full of cheers and high-fives.  I loved his enthusiasm about it all. Photobucket And, watching Summer’s joyful heart, as she jumped, cheered, and gave it her all, was simply infectious. Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket After bowling, they played a few video games. Photobucket The finale of the day was a trip to Toys R Us, where they each picked out a toy, game or movie. Photobucket Truth be told, I was not feeling my best.  I had a little stomach bug on Thursday, and I was still feeling off on Friday.  However, it is amazing how Family Fun Day took my mind off of not feeling well.  My family has a way of bringing out the best in me, even on my not-so-good days. It is one of the many wonderful things about being a mom. I did not make these Fish Tacos on Family Fun Day, but I wanted to share them with you today because the day that I made them was an impromptu family fun in the kitchen day.   The littles were all in the kitchen with me, and we were listening to music, having a great time.  For some reason, I just had it all together that day, and everything was coming along magically…until…Ethan accidentally dumped salsa all over Dakota, our sweet dog. I did kind of freak out for a second because I was rolling out homemade tortillas, looking at salsa everywhere, and wondering how everything went from smooth sailing to chaos in .5 seconds.  But, somehow, someway, everything still came together.  I told Dakota to freeze, and she actually obeyed me.  The littles went to play.  I finished rolling tortillas.  And, then I bathed Dakota.  Miracle of all miracles is that dinner was still on the table by the time that Sean got home.  And by dinner, I mean, fish tacos, homemade spicy coleslaw, and delicious fresh tortillas.  Unicorns, rainbows, and fairies all must have appeared to pull that off.  Best of all…it was an absolutely amazing dinner.

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Tex-Mex Fish Tacos

Tex-Mex Fish Tacos

The fish portion of the fish tacos was inspired by a recipe that I found on All Recipes.

Ingredients

Fish Tacos

2 pounds tilapia fillets

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 cup olive oil

1 whole lime, juiced

3 tablespoons soy sauce

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon cumin

Kosher salt, sprinkled over fish

Black pepper, sprinkled over fish

Toppings

Black beans, cooked

Frozen corn, cooked

Creamy taco sauce

Homemade tortillas

Instructions

  1. Combine olive oil, lime juice, soy sauce, chili powder, cumin and garlic.
  2. Sprinkle fish with salt and pepper, and place in a ziplock bag or large bowl.
  3. Pour marinade over fish, cover, and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.
  4. Preheat broiler to high.
  5. Place foil on baking pan, and spray lightly with cooking spray.
  6. Add the fish, in a single layer, to the baking pan.
  7. Broil fish for 2-3 minutes, turn, and broil for another 2-3 minutes on the other side.
  8. While the fish is broiling, cook the black bean and corn.
  9. After the fish is cooked, and can easily flake with a fork, remove it to a platter. Using two forks, cut it into chunks.
  10. Serve in homemade tortillas with corn, black beans, and creamy taco sauce.
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/03/12/family-fun-day-recipes-tex-mex-fish-tacos-and-creamy-taco-sauce/

Creamy Fish Taco Sauce

Creamy Fish Taco Sauce

Ingredients

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 lime, juiced

1/2 jalapeno

Kosher salt, to taste

Ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Place everything into a blender or food processor.
  2. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  3. Serve drizzled over fish tacos or on the side, as a dipping sauce.
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/03/12/family-fun-day-recipes-tex-mex-fish-tacos-and-creamy-taco-sauce/

I will share the recipes for the spicy coleslaw and homemade tortillas later this week.

Enjoy!

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Recipe – Baked Tilapia

We had a great start to our cooking journey.  Sean was off work today, so he held down the fort while I went to four grocery stores.  As I mentioned earlier, we received the test results two days before our vacation, and we just returned yesterday. We agreed before we left to start the new cooking plan once we returned, so I was scrambling a bit today to plan some meals, buy groceries, and get started.  Of course, I complicated the day by being determined to find all of the ingredients for some gluten free, milk free, nut free chocolate chip cookies….more on that later.

We pretty much stuck to my initial meal plan.  I just tweaked it a little.

Breakfast – Boiled eggs, bacon, diced skillet potatoes, and juice

Lunch – Lentil Soup

Snack – Oranges and sunflower seeds

Dinner – Baked Tilapia,  zucchini/squash/carrots stir-fry, and rice

Dessert – Chocolate chip cookies

Baked Tilapia

Baked Tilapia

Ingredients

4 Tilapia fillets

olive oil

Old Bay seasoning

Onion powder

Garlic salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Line baking sheet with foil.
  3. Lay the tilapia fillets on the foil-lined pan.
  4. Drizzle each with olive oil and sprinkle with seasonings.
  5. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the fish can easily flake with a fork.
http://cookingformykids.com/2011/07/21/todays-recipes/

Everyone enjoyed the meals today, and it was nice that we were all pretty much eating the same thing, for a change.  My youngest did not eat everything, but she at least tried almost everything, which is new.  For lunch, she just had the broth from the soup, and for dinner, she had the rice with cashews and sliced bananas.  The boys both tried and ate everything, and this momma was smiling both inside and out.

As I mentioned earlier, I wanted to bake the kids some cookies today for being so good, patient, encouraging, and understanding with this new journey and phase of our lives.  Since they are only 4, 6, and 8, I want them to understand that meal time is not something to dread.  I will still prepare meals that they like; we will just simply be omitting some things.  This is a lifestyle change for the good of all of us.  The oldest and youngest have both been very sweet and kind about the fact that we are doing this as a family because “it would not be fair to Ethan if we ate something that he could not eat”.

So, back to the cookies…I am not going to post the recipe for that yet….because it did not turn out as well as I would have liked.  The kids gobbled them up. And, Sean said that they were really good.  We all liked the taste.  The cookies just did not present well, and they were very, very soft.  We love soft cookies, but these were hard to even hold the shape of a cookie.  I got the recipe out of a cookbook, and I still think that the cookbook is going to be great.  Once I perfect them (and make some tweaks, if necessary), I will post the recipe.  This is our new cooking challenge and adventure, and I am excited to cook healthy food and also bake treats, as well.