Wednesday, June 24, 2009

A lighter fare::Mahi Mahi Tacos

Summer time always brings longings of lighter(easier,quicker...) meals for our family.
I'll start out by sharing this yummy Mahi Mahi Tacos. (inspired by my Dad, he loves fish tacos)
I started out with 4 frozen mahi mahi fillets (any mild white fish works) put them in a baking dish and smothered them with a cilantro lime dressing(left over from a delish salad that I'll share later to appease Joni!!)
OK going back, so if you don't have a fresh cilantro lime dressing in your fridge
this is what you do instead....
First drizzle olive oil over fillets, then sprinkle two or more fresh crushed garlic cloves, add fresh chopped cilantro, squeeze 1-2 limes for the flavorful juice , of course add some lime zest,
and lastly salt and fresh ground pepper to taste .
I baked my for 20 mins @ 350 until white and flaky
[grilling is great also just make sure to marinate at least an hour ahead of time]
then I went looking for my garnishes.....
.....and found an avocado, a lime, a tomato, radishes and of course some cilantro.
( sliced cabbage would be great also... I was out)
I put them on the cutting board and that's when I decided I needed my camera
loving all the vibrant colors

I just got started chopping and my helper quickly came....

* note if you can't tell that is a table knife, wrong side but still just a table knife
** another note- a great activity for your toddlers is to give them some veggies, a cutting board and a table knife/plastic knife and let them chop away. They love it. Then to not be wasteful just add your interesting chops to a pasta dish.
(tomatoes are probably not the best idea unless you like the red splatter look)
This is an activity from an early intervention classroom I use to work in. We would always take the opportunity to teach labeling,color, sizes etc.

avocado greens..... fun paint colors
*and another side note- for those who can't eat a whole avocado in one setting. Don't throw the other half away!! Either bring it to my house, I'll make avocado toast or keep the side with the pit still in it and put it in a sealed bag. It should be good until the next day.
Sorry I guess being as I can't seem to share very many posts these days I'm trying to put all the info/side notes I know in one!!

Prep for tacos all done

"Make your own" style

Mahi mahi flaking and ready

Using the comal given to me by my sis-n-law I warmed the tortillas( I prefer flour,corn is good also) then layered the fish , veggies of choice and squeezed limes over the top.
Need a closer look....
Mango and Strawberry Toss
"our dessert"
Sliced up some Mango
Added some strawberries.
The juice from both fruits made the toss so flavorful that nothing else was needed!

Our meal Complete!
When Thane came to the table he said "that looks good"!!
This is coming from a man who could eat popcorn for dinner every weeknight so I was excited to find a meal that's not to heavy but a balanced one for the rest of us.

Orrin and Arabella munched it right up.

*** If I used my camera during every meal preparation... Dinner wouldn't be served until 9pm!! Luckily this night Thane was home early and occupying the children most of the time.


  1. What time did you say dinner was??
    It looks yummy! :)

  2. These look delicious. I will have to make them soon. I always keep my unused half of avacado...sometime I need to cut away a little of the exposed area, but it keeps so good that I can't imagine throwing it away! Thanks for sharing!

    and p.s. I like your side's like we're having a conversation.

  3. just told me yesterday she is hungry for fish tacos so she wanted me to fix them when they were inspired!! thankss!! :D

  4. I just made the fish taco's for Shan and her family. Once again they were a hit. Thanks!!