Tex-Mex Fish Tacos (Guest Post)

Hello friends!  I’ve been enjoying the beautiful weather we’ve been having here in Philly… how about you?  

Today I want to introduce you to Meredith from ReadySetEat.com.  She will be posting an amazing recipe for you today that is just perfect for this time of year:  Fish Tacos!  I have never tried to make them on my own but I cannot wait to try this recipe.  It sounds fresh and so delish!  


Easy Summer Dinner: Tex-Mex Fish Tacos

Is there anything more summery than fresh seafood? Fish, shrimp, scallops and crab are delicious all year round, but there’s just something about eating seafood in the summertime that makes you feel like you’re lounging poolside even if you’re stuck in an office or miles away from the nearest beach!

One of the most popular summer seafood dishes is, unsurprisingly, also one of the most delicious: fish tacos. Fish tacos are one of those meals that seems to pop up on every menu at every restaurant the minute it gets warm out, and for good reason. Instead of your typical beef, steak or chicken tacos, fish tacos tend to be a little lighter and are bursting with summery flavors like lime, cilantro and crunchy jicama.

These Tex-Mex Fish Tacos are topped with a fresh slaw, heart-healthy avocado and a zippy salsa, putting them into the delicious category of good-for-you tomato recipes. In place of the avocado, these tacos would also be delicious with your favorite guacamole recipe for extra flavor. They make an easy weeknight dinner but are also definitely impressive enough for entertaining friends and family; they’re perfect for a tasty twist on taco night. Make them from the comfort of your own kitchen and you’ll never feel the need to splurge on them during a dinner out for the rest of summer!

Tex-Mex Fish Tacos

Total Time: 45 min

Serves: 4

• 1 pound pollock or cod fillets, thawed if frozen

• 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

• 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

• PAM® Grilling Spray

• 1 can (14.5 oz each) Hunt’s® Petite Diced Tomatoes, drained

• 1/3 cup finely chopped red onion

• 1 tablespoon minced jalapeno pepper

• 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

• 2 teaspoons minced garlic

• 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

• 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

• 1 teaspoon granulated sugar

• 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

• 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

• 1 cup julienned jicama

• 1 cup shredded napa cabbage

• 1/4 cup shredded carrot

• 12 white corn tortillas (6 inch), heated

• 1 large avocado, cut into 24 slices

For the Fish:

Sprinkle fish with salt and pepper. Spray a grill pan with grilling spray; heat over medium-high heat.

Place fish in the pan and cook for 5 to 7 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily with a fork (if you’re using a meat thermometer, it should read 145°F). Cool slightly and shred with forks.

For the Salsa:

Combine tomatoes, red onion, jalapeno, cilantro, garlic, lime juice, olive oil, sugar, kosher salt and pepper in a medium bowl; set aside.

Complete the Tacos!

Combine jicama, cabbage and carrot in a medium bowl. Place 2 tablespoons fish in the center of each tortilla. Top with about ¼ cup of the jicama mixture, 2 tablespoons salsa and 2 slices avocado. Fold in half and serve immediately.

Tex-Mex Fish Tacos

Author Bio: This is a guest post by Meredith K. on behalf of Hunt’s®. For easy summer recipes, or for a classic easy lasagna recipe or easy meatloaf recipe, visit http://www.hunts.com.

Thank you Meredith for sharing such an awesome recipe with us!  I want to eat these now!

50 Shades of Paninis & Taters

I don’t even know where to start with these??  As I’m just finishing up my “to-Cook Book”, there’s no way I can add FIFTY new Panini Recipes & FIFTY new Mashed Potato Recipes.  But they all look so good!

I’ve re-discovered the Food Network as a resource for new recipes.  Oh how I’ve missed you, Giada & Alton.  One thing I love about the Food Network’s website is they do these super overwhelming lists where they start with one topic:  Paninis in one today and Mashed Potatoes in the other.  They will give you a basic recipe for that item, and then a plethora of options to make that one simple food more exciting.  These ideas are never too complicated and so many of them have me wondering, “why didn’t I think of that?!”.  

Instead of writing up an entire recipe in my book for these and taking up even more space, I’m saving them here.  I promise you and myself I will try one… or two… or all?  Check it out!

Food Network’s 50 Panini Recipes

Start with:

In a panini press: Preheat the press. Add your sandwich and cook according to the manufacturer’s instructions until golden and crisp, 3 to 5 minutes.

On the stove: Preheat a skillet with butter or oil to medium low. Add your sandwich, then press a heavy pan on top to weigh it down. Cook until golden and crisp, 3 to 4 minutes per side.





Food Network’s 50 Mashed Potato Recipes

Start with:

1. Classic 
Cover 2 pounds whole russet or Yukon gold potatoes with cold salted water; simmer 45 minutes. Drain, peel and mash with 1/2 to 1 stick butter. Add 1 cup hot milk, and salt and pepper; mash until smooth and fluffy.

Seriously… drooling…


Happy Friday!

Happy Friday everyone!!

A few things to share…

Last week, during my “vacation at home”… we got to sit in the Phillies Diamond Club… ROW 2!  Is every game from now on going to suck in comparison?  Probably.

Oh, and we got free all you can eat food and drinks.  Including a mini-cupcake sampler.  Bam.

Yes, this was at a BALLPARK

I finally cooked up that Goat Chorizo I bought… we did sausage & peppers sandwiches.  OMG.

I also got to make some awesome bloodies using the spicy pickled green beans Dave brought home from Vancouver.

Be on the lookout for this pasta salad recipe using Trader Joe’s Spicy Thai Peanut dressing!  Delish.

nom nom nom

You’ve also missed the last weekend at the shore, where my cousin Dani and Stella got to spend some quality time… apartment shopping in Philly, my trip to Long Island to see Lauren… and of course many adorable pics of Miss Stella May!

… how gorgeous is that mosaic art on one of the streets we looked at?!

Five Recipes I’m Dying to Try:

Chocolate Therapy’s Funfetti Whoopie Pies.  Like… REALLY!?  Could they be any more adorable?

Happy Valley Chow’s Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread.  I feel like I don’t even need to show you… just those 3 ingredients got my attention!

The Black Peppercorn’s Iced Coffee Popsicles.  Need I say more?  Nope, didn’t think so!

How Sweet It Is’ Cheesy Puff Pull Apart Bread:  I’m hearing Cartman from South Park right now… but WOW just take a look at this… are you drooling yet?

Oh Bite It’s Salted Caramel Straws.  So simple, yet such an amazing idea!!!

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!!  ❤

Budget-Friendly Recipes

This morning, I opened up my email and found something that I just had to share with you guys!

My daily Cooking Light email today was a collection of recipes and tips on How to Eat Healthy on a Budget.  They also included an entire section of 103 Recipes that can feed 4 for under $10.  WHOA!

Cooking Light, the magazine is my absolute favorite… but their website is even better!  They send me collections like this pretty often, and I sometimes find myself getting lost in recipe world, clicking, and saving and clicking some more.  It’s what most of my recipes are based off of.

I am pretty excited to try some of these “budget-friendly” recipes out… here are my top 5 from this collection:

1.  Sausage Ragu over Creamy Polenta

I’m dying to try to make my own Polenta!

photo from Cooking Light

2.  Summer Veggie Pizza

Homemade Pizzas are the best, and I love the addition of corn with this one.

photo from Cooking Light

3.  Tomato Soup w/ Roasted Chickpeas

MMM, would love to try a new tomato soup.  Replace the Heavy Cream with Light or FF Half-and-Half and reduce your fat & calories even more!

photo from Cooking Light

4.  Chicken & Rice Casserole

Casseroles are always easy and delish.  This one is stuffed with squash & zucchini so I’m already intrigued.

photo from Cooking Light

5.  Korean-Style Beef Skewers

If you know anything about me, you know I just LOVE making Asian dishes!  This one is different than anything else I’ve done and I cannot wait to test it out.

photo from Cooking Light

Friday Shout-Outs & Recipe To-Do’s

Since discovering Google Reader and Pinterest, my list of “to do” recipes has grown exponentially.  I have just been saving and pinning and saving and pinning and don’t even know where to start!!  The food blog world is so big, with so many to read and so many recipes that look so yummy. 


I wanted to take the time to share with you a few of the outstanding recipes that I’ve been eyeing up from some of my favorite blogs recently.  I can’t wait to try them!!

1.  The Baker Chick’s Cinnamon Brown Sugar Pop Tarts

Um… homemade pop tarts?  This sounds amazing, and only has 6 ingredients (if you don’t count water)!  I like finding recipes that I think my Dad would like, and this one is right down his alley.

2.  Mighty Migas from Taking on Magazines

One of my favorite bloggers tests out recipes from different magazines (where I get most of mine too!), tells us how it turned out, and what she’d do different.  This delicious breakfast recipe originally comes from Rachael Ray Magazine, and looks fabulous!  Anything with eggs gets my attention, and when jalapeño and avocado are added into the mix… I’m there!

3.  Crockpot Honey Sesame Chicken from Chef in Training

If you haven’t noticed, I LOVE make-at-home Chinese / Asian recipes.  This recipe using a crockpot sounds easy and so delish!  I also totally appreciate the re-do of breaded and fried chicken recipes, using boneless skinless chicken breast instead.  YUM!

4.  Artichoke and Spinach Frittata from Closet Cooking

Definitely want to try this one out, to branch out with my new fascination of Artichokes.  It sounds so easy and I love the addition of the Greek Yogurt!

5.  Chocolate Lasagna from Picky-Palate

Like… do I need to say any more?  Chocolate. Lasagna!?  Each ingredient is yummy on it’s own so I can’t imagine what it would be like all together in layers?

6.  Athenian Orzo from Prevention RD

I have some orzo leftover from one of my own recipes, and would love to try this one out!  The flavors in this sound amazing, and shrimp recipes are always special since Dave hates them.  I’ll have to make it for Mom and I soon!

7.  Raspberry Coconut Macaroons from Smitten Kitchen

I’m actually hoping to make these for my family’s Passover Sedar on Saturday!  Although I’m more impressed with the French Macarons recently, I still want to try to make my own Coconut Macaroon… and these are just so. pretty.