Thursday, May 27, 2010

Fish Tacos to Kick Off the Heat Season

Summertime to me, equates to barbecuing and pool parties. I know what you're thinking - "Emma, it's only Memorial Day. We still have almost a month until summer starts." I know, I know, but who really pays attention that rule?

For most people Memorial Day weekend kicks off three months of heat, itty bitty bathing suits (women only, I hope!) and some fine grillin' outdoors.

The boy and I will be testing out these fish tacos from Hungry Girl this weekend. Don't they look delectable and light? I'll let you know how they taste! What's your fave grilling recipe?

Grilled Go Fish! Soft Tacos

PER SERVING (2 tacos, 1/2 of recipe): 273 calories, 5.75g fat, 330mg sodium, 30g carbs, 5g fiber, 5g sugars, 27g protein -- POINTS® value 5*

We LOVE these things and DEFINITELY recommend going for the optional fruit salsa topping. Mmmmm!


For Tacos
2 tbsp. lime juice
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/8 tsp. salt
Two 4-oz. raw tilapia fillets (or other flaky white fish)
Four 6-inch corn tortillas
1 cup shredded cabbage or dry coleslaw mix
1/4 cup chopped tomato

For Avocado Cream
2 tbsp. mashed avocado
2 tbsp. fat-free sour cream
1/2 tsp. lime juice
Dash garlic powder, or more to taste
Dash chili powder, or more to taste
Dash salt, or more to taste

Optional topping: fruity salsa

Combine lime juice and spices for the tacos in a large bowl, and mix well. Add fillets and evenly cover both sides of each with seasoned lime juice. Let marinate in the fridge for at least 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine all ingredients for avocado cream in a small bowl and mix well. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Spray a grill or grill pan with nonstick spray and bring to medium heat. Grill fish for 5 minutes, and then very carefully flip. Grill for 3 more minutes, or until cooked through. Set aside.

Heat tortillas on the grill or grill pan until warm and just slightly toasted, about 1 minute per side. Plate and spread evenly with avocado cream. Break fish into pieces and evenly divide among tortillas. Top with cabbage, tomatoes and, if you like, some fruity salsa. Fold and enjoy!


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Pretty in Pistachio

I am a huge fan of pistachio. I remember watching my grandfather shell those suckers at an alarming speed while never once taking his eyes off the college football team on TV. It was an art form, I gotta tell ya. I don't have the dexterity nor the caluses on my fingers. But still, I love pistachios.

Now, it turns out that pistachios may join the pack of nuts when it comes to heart health benefits. Hoorah!

A recent study found that a handful of nuts, including pistachios can help lower the bad LDL cholesterol and raises level of the good HDL cholesterol. Just one more reason to eat those little bags of nuts on the airplane.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Frying Pan Fudge Recipe

Mmmmmm, need I say more? This recipe is killer on my hips and thighs but frankly my dear, I don't give damn.

2 1/2 cups sugar
1 stick margarine
6 oz. canned milk
6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup pecans or other nuts
1 tsp. vanilla flavoring

Chop nuts and set aside. Mix sugar, margarine, and milk together in a heavy frying pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook six more minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, and add chocolate chips and chopped nuts. Stir until fudge begins to form. Then quickly add vanilla flavoring. Drop fudge on wax paper with a teaspoon. Let cool and store in an airtight container.

Friday, May 07, 2010

I'm Baaaaaack!

Wow, it has been forever since I've posted to this delightful blog! Before you blame me, the lack of posting was due to some issues I was having with Blogger and for once, it actually wasn't my fault! Wahoo!

Anyways, this isn't one of those blogs that suddently drops off the face of the earth and it has killed me not being able to post for the past few weeks. Internet, we have so much catching up to do!

I've got lots of health news, random trivia and even some cool recipes (with margarine of course!) coming down the pipeline so be sure to check back next week. Until then, happy almost weekend!