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  • Fish Tacos with Pineapple Salsa

    Fish tacos are one of my favorite dishes to order out.  In fact, I regularly order them from Shrimp & Co.  They are just down the street from our market.  It's a really cute Key West style building next to the Family Dollar.  If you are ever looking for fresh seafood, this is your spot.  But I digress, as much as I enjoy them, I had yet to make them at home.  Gasp.  I know. They are not that difficult to make and they are delicious.  Even my skeptical husband was impressed.  Score.

     homemade fish tacos with pineapple salsa

    I improvised on the fish tacos topping.  Normally, they are served with cabbage.  Cabbage is not something we eat a lot of at home, so I substituted with thinly sliced spinach.  And for more flare, I topped it with my homemade pineapple salsa. It truly was delectable.  Here's what you'll need:



    For a little more flavor/heat, I added Flavors of Florida Key West and Clearwater Beach to my tacos.  While the Clearwater Beach hot sauce is usually my favorite, I thought the Key West hot sauce was better for this dish.  The Key West sauce is a medium spicy jalapeno and key lime hot sauce.  The Clearwater Beach hot sauce is definitively spicier.  It's made with cayenne peppers and lemon juice.  For the girls, I made "mayo ketchup", but I used vegennaise instead of mayo.  They loved it!

     hot sauce



    Do you like fish tacos?

    Have you tried the Flavors of Florida hot sauce line?


  • Eggplant Stuffed Mushrooms

    Guest post by Steph from Orangespoken.

    Hors d'oeuvres are one of those things that I always save room for when dining out. I’m the

    kind of person that would rather snack on something savory before a meal than sweet after.

    When I’m at home cooking, I rarely prepare appetizers. I’ll go as far as whipping up a salad, but

    nothing more complicated than that.

    These days, the guy and I find ourselves eating at home more often than not, so it’s been a

    while since I’ve dined on something really delicious before a main dish. While I was grocery

    shopping this morning, I suddenly had this ridiculous craving for my favorite appetizer of all

    time: stuffed mushrooms. I didn’t know what I was going to cook for dinner, but I knew I was

    going to whip up something unexpected in our household: a Hors d'oeuvre!

    Your typical restaurant style stuffed mushrooms aren’t always the image of healthy eating.

    Stuffed with bread crumbs, sausage, cheeses (sometimes even cream cheese!) and butter,

    eating just 1 of these can definitely be an indulgence! OR you can whip up my eggplant stuffed

    mushrooms and have 3 or 4 of these without the guilt. What’s even better? You can find all of

    the produce for these little gems at Parkesdale, and they’re a snap to make if you’re looking to

    bring something scrumptious to a party.

    And don’t worry. You’ll get the same amount of satisfaction as the real deal. They’re that good.

    The eggplant combined with the garlic, onion and freshly grated Parmesan cheese make for a

    hearty, rich and savory filling that won’t disappoint. I predict that it will become a versatile goto filling too. I’m already thinking it would be fantastic stuffed inside some boneless chicken



    Or spread on top of some toast points.

    Or as a topping for baked fish.

    Or mixed inside an egg frittata.

    Or devoured with a fork right out of the skillet like a stoker desperately shoveling coal into a

    steam train’s engine.

    I may or may not have done that last one already.


    What are your favorite healthy Hors d'oeuvres?



    Twitter @orangespoken

  • Broiled Tilapia with Summer Squash

    I am happy to do a guest post for Xi while she is on vacation with her family. I’ve known Xi for about a year now and she is such a sweetheart. I saw her recently when my husband and I made a trip out to Parkesdale. One day, I would love to go for a run with her!



    Is there a food that you make often? Do you make it because it’s easy or because you enjoy it? You know how it is…. You have a busy day, you come home from work, and the last thing you want to do is spend an hour or more in the kitchen making dinner. 

    One of my favorite foods to make for dinner is fish. I love tilapia and buy quite a bit of it and keep it frozen. Depending on the time of year, the filets may be big or small. When they are bigger, I actually cut them in half so there is enough for two servings. And there are so many options for cooking fish and so many sides that you can make with it. I am very fortunate to like many vegetables. The more the colorful they are, the more I like them!

    Today, I’d like to share with you my very simple recipe for a quick weeknight dinner. And even better, it’s good for you!


    Broiled Tilapia with Summer Squash
    Author: Nanci Cernak from www.ThisCrazyLifeOfMine.com
    Prep time:
    Cook time:
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    Serves: 1
    • 1 tilapia filet
    • 1 medium size summer squash, sliced
    • Olive oil
    • Basil
    • Baby spinach
    • Tomato - quartered
    • Red onion – small slices
    • Red wine vinegar
    • Olive oil
    • Pinch of sugar
    1. Place tilapia filet on a small foil tray and surround with slices of squash. Drizzle olive oil on both the fish and squash. Sprinkle with basil. Broil on low 12-15 minutes (or until squash just starts to brown).
    2. In a medium bowl, mix all salad ingredients and toss with red wine vinegar and olive oil. Add a pinch of sugar. I like my salad on the tart side, so I use quite a bit of red wine vinegar. Season with fresh ground pepper.


    broiled tilapia


    This is such a light meal, yet it is very filling. It’s the perfect meal if you are following a healthy lifestyle, like I am. I have lost 25 pounds on Weight Watchers. For those counting at home, this entire meal is 6 points.

     Broiled Tilapia

     Aren’t the colors on the plate wonderful? This meal was so delicious and easy to make!

    What is your favorite weeknight meal to make? What is your favorite vegetable?




    Twitter: @AuntNanci

    Instagram: @auntnanci

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