Sunday, July 29, 2012

Fish Tacos from Skinny Taste

Last night, Derek and I made one of our new favorite summer dishes, Cilantro Lime Fish Tacos.  I ran across this recipe on Pintrest and we've been in love with it since the first taste! Gina Homolka at Skinny Taste has combined fresh ingredients to make these amazing tacos that have only 319 calories per serving!

Served on white corn tortillas and topped with avocado, these tacos are not only delicious but a breeze to prepare! A perfect combination as far as I'm concerned!

Start by dicing all the vegetables.  Onion, tomato, jalapeño, cilantro, and garlic.

I'm pretty much sold on any recipe that includes cilantro.  I just LOVE the way it smells and the fresh flavor it adds to a dish. Just look at that green goodness!!!

Lay out your white fish (I use tilapia) and pat dry. Salt and pepper both sides to taste.

Once you have all the ingredients prepped, you can get cooking! Heat your oil in a skillet and sauté the onions until they are just turning translucent.  

Add the garlic and give it a quick stir.  Lay the fish directly on the onions and cook until it begins to flake.

Once the fish begins to flake, break it up with a spoon and add all the fresh ingredients.

Give it all a quick stir and reduce the heat. Squeeze lime juice all over and allow the mixture to simmer.  

While it simmers, you can heat up your tortillas! We use Guerrero white corn tortillas which can be found in just about any grocery store. We like to heat the tortillas on a skillet with just a little butter.

I should add here that no taco meal would be complete without rice and beans.  My husband grew up in Costa Rica and is a genius when it comes to flavoring these sides. Look at these delicious beans he whipped up!

To regular black beans he adds jalapeño, cilantro, and onion as well as some cumin.  They are amazing, and I'm not even a big fan of black beans!

Once the tortillas are heated, you are ready to dish up your tacos!  Spoon the filling into a tortilla and top with a few slices of creamy avocado. You can then add any traditional taco toppings you like. We choose to stick with sour cream and a bit of hot sauce!  Garnish with cilantro and lime.

Cilantro Lime Fish Tacos

Serves 4

1 lb white fish (I recommend tilapia)
1 tsp olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
jalapeño peppers, chopped (remove the seeds for less heat)
2 cups diced tomatoes
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
3 tbsp lime juice
8 5-inch white corn tortillas
1 medium avocado, sliced
lime wedges and cilantro for garnish

1. Heat olive oil in a skillet. Sauté onion until translucent, then add garlic.  
2. Place tilapia on the onions and cook until the flesh starts to flake.
3. Add jalapeno, tomato, cilantro and lime juice. Sauté over medium heat.
4. Meanwhile, heat tortillas on a skillet for a few minutes on each side until warm.

Serve a little over 1/4 cup of fish on each warmed tortilla with a slice of avocado and enjoy!

I hope you'll try these tacos before the summer is over! 

Friday, July 27, 2012

Welcome! And a quick back workout...

First off, welcome to my blog! After reading so many blogs on cooking, eating right, crafting, DIY, and fitness, I decided to combine all the things that I am passionate about in one place and thus, Cooking, Crafts and Fitness was born! I hope you enjoy they tips, recipes, etc. that I post here. Please comment as often as possible!

The Chester house is getting back in order after a week long visit from Grandma. That means lots of laundry and catching up on housework that was put aside for the past week! We really enjoyed having Derek's mom here for a whole week. The kids got lots of good snuggles and it was great to spend time together.  Of course we had to make her all of our favorite recipes and take her to some of our favorite places to eat!

(Yeaaaaaah, gonna need to work that off!)

After doing about 6 loads of laundry yesterday and LOTS of housework, I decided I was in need of a good workout today! And lucky for me, it was my Zumba day! I just love starting my Friday off with some latin and hip-hop dance. It puts me in SUCH a great mood! If you haven't tried Zumba, I highly recommend it. There is nothing better than looking at this class of people and seeing that, despite how they may look (because let's face it, some of us look downright silly), they are all having a wonderful time. SO inspiring! Not to mention the calories burned...I'm always amazed at how much I burn in one class!

Since I got to the gym a little early, I decided to squeeze in a quick back workout.  Here is what I did today (3 sets of 10 reps for each):

Close grip front lat pulldown
Upright seated row
Lying T-bar row
Hyperextensions (Back extensions)

I've realized recently that, while I do a lot of ab work, I often forget to counter that with back exercises. This is really important as the abs have a connected relationship with the lower back. So a strong lower back helps add to strong abs! And we all love strong abs, right???

We are all looking forward to watching the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics tonight! Zach is especially excited to stay up late and watch.

What events are you most excited about watching in the 2012 games?