Posts Tagged ‘fish’

After a fun and relaxing weekend it was nice to have dinner planned and marinating last night – it always makes Monday better! I spent yesterday shopping – I hit up Target, Trader Joe’s, Costco and the mall! Brady was at the Browns/Bengals game in Cleveland so I had the day to myself. After a morning spinning class and a quick shower – I spent the day wondering, but didn’t end up finding much.

Today at school my third graders took the OAT (Ohio Achievement Test) so it was a boring day at school. I felt so bad they were struggling through the million page test while all I could do was sit back and watch them. At least we don’t have to do that again until April.

After school, it was so nice out, I ran 5.5 miles! It felt good to be outside in the sunshine. When I got home from the run I showered and starting working on our easy supper. Brady had requested Fish Tacos so that was the plan. I still follow a recipe from Cooking Light from forever ago, although I don’t really follow any recipes I just used them as a guide.

Here is what we had tonight:


Another angle – full plate view


This deliciously fresh plate included:

  • Tilapia- marinated in cumin and lime then broiled for about 15 minutes
  • butternut squash – baked at 425 for 25 minutes with a little spray and salt and pepper
  • fresh tomatoes
  • avocado
  • corn
  • Trader Joe’s refried pinto beans with salsa mixed in (the gross red mushy stuff)
  • cooked quinoa
  • whole wheat tortilla

We scarfed this down and then hit the couch! I had some hot cocoa for dessert and we are going to head to bed!


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This dinner was so delicious! I was a little worried because I didn’t want it to be too coconutty or too curry-y, but it wasn’t, it was great! I will be making it for company soon!

Brady’s Plate

My plate – with part lentils and part brown rice.


Here is the recipe I modified:

Broiled Tilapia with Thai Coconut-Curry Sauce

adapted from Cooking Light


  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 4 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 3/4 (14-ounce) can light coconut milk
  • 4 (6-ounce) tilapia fillets
  • Cooking spray
  • 3 cups hot cooked brown rice
  • 2 cups of cooked green lentils


Preheat broiler.

Heat 1/2 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add ginger and garlic; cook 1 minute. Add pepper and onions; cook 1 minute. Stir in curry powder, and cumin; cook 1 minute. Add soy sauce, sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and coconut milk; bring to a simmer (do not boil). Remove from heat.

Brush fish with 1/2 teaspoon oil; sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Place fish on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Broil 7 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Serve fish with sauce, rice, and lime wedges.

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Today was a good day. I ran about 6 miles with Katie this morning, after a delicious mug of iced coffee.

Then I …

  • watered the plants, especially the garden
  • weeded
  • vacuumed the whole house
  • dusted the down stairs
  • cleaned out my hair stuff – headbands and ribbons I don’t use anymore
  • folded laundry and put it away
  • washed the kitchen floor
  • cleaned the bathrooms
  • wrote a few belated thank you notes
  • unloaded the dishwasher
  • painted the mudroom
  • wrote a grad school paper on Increasing Reading Comprehension

I didn’t really leave the house today because I had a ton to do and if I went anywhere, chances are, I would have ended up shopping!

Somewhere in the middle of the list of things I was doing, I stopped for lunch. The perfect lunch. A repeat from last night’s dinner with the addition of some sprialized beets.


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In the collard greens:

  • hummus
  • guac
  • refried beans
  • spiralized beets
  • mango salsa
  • a spoonful of rice
  • spicy taco sauce

Lunch Dessert:


Cherries, Strawberries and AB

Then I had a purple monster(blueberries, banana, Vega Smoothie Infusion, almond milk) around 3:30pm, while I was working on the paper. It was the perfect day to sit outside on the deck and write, warm and sunny but not hot and sweaty.


Then Janelle, Brady’s sister, and I rode on the bike path for about an hour. When we got home, we were hungry!

I have an obsession with cookbooks and cooking magazines, as I assume many people who read food blogs do, and Brady called me out on it this weekend. We were driving to the lake and as always, I was looking through a magazine ripping out recipes I want to try. Brady looked over at what I was doing and said “why don’t you every make any of the those recipes, you are always finding them.” True. Very True.

So tonight I made my own adaptation of Cous Cous Cakes from this month’s Cooking Light. We enjoyed these little cakes/piles of whole grain goodness, with salmon.


Balsamic Honey Salmon

  • balsamic vinegar
  • honey dijon mustard
  • honey
  • salt and pepper

Cover salmon with the listed ingredients and marinate all day!

Quinoa Cakes – adapted from Cooking Light’s CousCous Cakes

  • 1 c. quinoa cooked in 2 c. water
  • 4 fresh basil leaves chopped into little pieces
  • 3 small peppers, chopped into little pieces
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 laughing cow light cheese wedges
  • salt and pepper
  1. Mix cooked quinoa with above ingredients.
  2. Spoon quinoa mixture into a sprayed frying pan.
  3. Let quinoa cook until golden brown on one side and the egg white is cooked.
  4. Serve warm!

* I believe these should be fried a little bit, but I didn’t want to do that so they fell apart. Next time, I will put them on for longer before flipping them!


This recipe was great and I am excited to try some of the other 4083508243 recipes I have ripped out over the past few years!

I am off to do an online grad school chat and visit our neighbors new baby!


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Fantastic His/Her Fish Tacos

Ingredient List for Both Styles:

  • tilapia – marinated in lime juice and cumin
  • sweet peppers
  • homemade guacamole
  • brown rice
  • tomatoes
  • fat free refried beans
  • lettuce
  • special sauce


  • cheese
  • flour tortillas


  • collard green leaves

Special Sauce

  • 1/2 c. fat free plain yogurt
  • cumin
  • lime juice
  • hot salsa

*Have each person load up there shell as they wish and enjoy!

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