Tuesday, February 14, 2012

meal on the go..

We literally inhaled our food last night. If best, Tim arrives home at 5:15pm. We had to have the big girls on one end of Dothan for play practice and Elizabeth in another town for Karate Belt ceremony. Both at 6:00pm.

I had to think fast and easy. Not just preparing, but clean up as well.

I am not much into boxed or packaged foods. Literally, the 10 for 10 mac and cheese, Campbell's soup and chicken nuggets does nothing for me.

But sometimes, not always, for quick and easy, you have to go with a few shelf products.

I am a stickler for meal time together as a family. I am normally plating food as Tim walks in the door. Sometimes, those night time practices drive me insane. I would rather have a crazy 15mins all at the table together then a "shift" dinner throughout the evening.

So, I opted for fish tacos. Never made them, but figured I could wing it, and it was good.

here is what you will need....

Get your Mexican saffron rice cooking on stove top (according to package directions). And start another pot with some heat for your black beans.

 Drain your black beans and add to hot pot, you'll hear a little sizzle. Add your can of Green Chili's.
 Give it a stir and let it simmer on med- high heat for about 15mins and then cut down heat to medium until serving.

Lay your Tilapia (I have never bought frozen, but Publix seems to have it going on and so I gave in. And it met my standards for quick and easy) on a large platter or cookie sheet (they don't take long to thaw, so pull them out of the fridge about 45 mins before you start this meal. Mine were actually still just a tad bit frozen in center when adding to the pan..no biggie, it will thaw quickly). Chop about 1/2 cup of chives (I am not a big fan of Cilantro. This is definitely when the cilantro lovers step in) Sprinkle both sides of fish with salt. Top with Chives and grate the rind of one lime over the top evenly.

 Squeeze 1 1/2 of lime juice over all fish.

Drizzle with Olive Oil and let it hang out for the next 15-20mins. Meanwhile, get your toppings ready. Peel and chop your Avocados and squeeze the last 1/2 of Lime over it and give it a toss.

Add your Talapia herb side down in a screaming hot pan. (no oil necessary since you drizzled it over the fish).

Your kitchen will now smell like the best Limey Citrus-y yummy-ness, your kiddos will BEG to eat it right then.. :)

 Depending on size of Fish. Cook about 8mins on first side and 3-4 mins after flipping. My heat stays between Medium High and High the whole cooking time. Fish should start to flake with fork to show it is done cooking.

We plated it up on Paper Plates, because it was going to be a late night and we needed to trash it and run!

This grub will make it to our dinner table many more times in the Pilcher household. It is two thumbs up for sure! It made this Chick smile even before she earned her Green Belt later that evening....

Happy Valentine's Day! We are working on some easy crafts and treats today. Pictures to come!

1 comment:

kkd said...

Looks delish. We love fish tacos. I usually make some slaw and add it to the taco for a little crunch. :) Happy Valentine's Day! You are lookin' super cute while cooking!

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