Sometimes cooking is as much about being creative as it is about being hungry. The hungry part I have down pat, refer to my muffin top for irrefutable proof…it’s the creative part I am working on. As usual, Stuffed Husband and I were running low on groceries (they seriously disappear in our house) so I decided to find a recipe for what I had on-hand rather than making a god-awful trip to… Wal-Mart. GULP. Nothing makes me want to cry like a trip to Wal-Mart. Ok, Old Yeller really chokes me up too. I’m only human!
After looking through the cobwebs in my pantry and the collective block of frozen boxes in my freezer, I decided to make something that would both appease the sweet man of my dreams and keep me from having to visit hell, a.k.a Wal-Mart.
This simple dinner was both quick and delicious. Here’s how I did it…
- 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 3 tablespoons fat-free mayonnaise
- 3 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream
- 1 teaspoon grated lime rind
- 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1 1/2 pounds tilapia fillets
- 8 tortillas
- 2 cups shredded cabbage
Start by preheating the oven to 425 F. Then, to prepare the crema, first place the green onions into a bowl
Dump in the mayo
and the sour cream
Then shave in a little lime rind
Slice up that lime and squeeze a little juice into the bowl
Then drop in your salt
and finally add your garlic
Place your nose as close to the bowl as you can without making a mess. INHALE deeply. Aaaah. Heaven. Now mix these gorgeous ingredients together. Try not to cry at the site of this wonder or because you just realized you are now completely out of sour cream which means you WILL actually have to go to Wal-Mart…eventually.
Now, enjoy a big bite of this cream and make sure it doesn’t need any extra salt. Mmmmm. Maybe two bites is better. Or three. Oops.
To prepare the fish start by adding some cumin and ground coriander to a clean bowl. Don’t be like me and realize that your coriander is not ground and try to crush it up with a spoon. Buy ground coriander. There’s another trip to Wal Mart. ARGH.
Add some paprika
Then dump in some crushed red pepper for heat. Come on, you can take it.
Then add garlic salt because garlic and salt are like sonny and cher. A match made in heaven. Before they divorced of course.
Blend your seasonings together. DO NOT USE YOUR HANDS and then touch your eyes and wonder why it feels like your eyeballs caught on fire. Use a spoon. You’ll thank me one day.
Now, place your fish on a greased baking sheet and ask your amazingly helpful husband to sprinkle this seasoning all over your thawed fish. Stuffed Husband likes to help with dinner.
I can’t get enough of a man who likes to work in the kitchen. And Stuffed Husband is a champion in the kitchen.
Bake the fish for about 9 minutes of until cooked through.
Here is the fun part, start by placing a heated tortilla on a plate. Homemade tortillas are always worth the work. Check out this easy recipe for flour tortillas that will make you sing for joy!
Then add a little shredded cabbage. I had some cole slaw mix left in my fridge from another recipe. Things like this make me feel that God must love me.
Then add a little, or a lot, of your scrumptious fish.
Now, here’s the good stuff, add THE CREMA
Top it with a little extra cilantro if you’re addicted and can never seem to get enough cilantro in your life. Cilantro for president!
Then repeat the whole process. Again. And Again. And Again until you run out of fish or your husband yells, “Hey! Leave some for me!” Sharing is not my strong suit.
If you’re anything like me, always hungry and ready to relax, add a little Margarita to your Mexican fiesta! Stuffed Husband fixed up a few real chilled beauties for us! Salud!
Just because you’re running low on groceries because the gnome in your house keeps eating all your fresh produce doesn’t mean dinner has to be take-out. Get creative…or at least get hungry enough to slap some pb&j on toast.
And just for good measure here is a picture of those rotten little animals I love so very much with their daddy…
I just can’t seem to get enough of them.
Peace, love, and procrastinating a trip to Wal-Mart~