Blackened Redfish Tacos

Hi friendly people!  I hope you had a nice, relaxing weekend!  I know I did.  I managed to read an entire book; I couldn’t put it down it was that good.  Now if you have an aversion to animal cruelty you may cringe at some points in the story, but it is totally worth the read.  The author thoroughly captivated me with her descriptive writings and believable storyline.  And I can’t wait until April 22nd for the movie to come out with Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson. 

Reading and lazing around didn’t consume the entire weekend.  I cut grass and did far too many loads of laundry.  Have I ever mentioned how much I dislike doing laundry?  It is not getting it to the washer.  Nor is it putting it in the dryer.  It is; however, the part that involves folding, hanging, and the most disliked of all is finding a drawer or empty space in the closet to stuff it into. 

Like I said, some things were enjoyable though.  Like these blackened redfish tacos.

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Blackened Redfish Tacos

Ingredients:

4 (6 ounce) redfish fillets, skin on

1 tbsp. dried thyme

1 tsp. onion powder

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. paprika

1/2 tsp. black pepper

1/2 tsp. ground red pepper

1/4 tsp. salt

3 teaspoons olive oil, divided

4 whole wheat tortillas

1 cup broccoli slaw

2 tbsp. wholy guacomole

2 tbsp. 0% plain greek yogurt

optional toppings: reduced fat cheese, lettuce, tomato, salsa

Directions:

1. Combine thyme and next 6 ingredients through salt in small bowl.

2. Heat a large nonstick skillet to medium high heat.  Make sure you let it get hot; this is essential to the blackening process.

3. Meanwhile, brush filets with 1 teaspoon olive oil and rub each with spice mixture.

4. Add 2 teaspoons of olive oil to pan.  Add fillets skin side up and cook for 3 minutes.  Flip skin side down and cook 3 to 4 additional minutes until fish flakes easily.

5. While fish cooks, mix broccoli slaw, guacamole, and greek yogurt in a bowl and set aside.

6. Remove fish from skins.  Top tortillas evenly with fish, 1/4 cup of broccoli slaw, and optional toppings if desired.

7. Roll up the taco and enjoy!

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I stayed up way too late last night finishing Water for Elephants, so I totally wanted to play hooky from work but that is unlike me so I went in after a bowl of cereal.

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Kashi Vanilla Island Wheat Squares, Praline Granola, Apple Cinnamon Baby Cereal, Cinnamon Almonds, and Sliced Banana with 1 % milk.  Plus I drank some hot mango green tea.

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I grabbed lunch in a jiffy from the cabinet—a can of Amy’s No Chicken Noodle Soup + Apple.  Here is a sneak peak into my lunch kit.

lunch Can you tell I was in a hurry?

After tutoring I had an apple pie larabar and a colby jack cheese stick.  Yesterday’s intended dinner turned into tonight’s since it wasn’t ready in time.  Chris slow cooked a boston butt pork roast on the grill yesterday for about 8 hours.  We ate it on sandwich thins topped with Hungry Girl’s Not- So- Secret BBQ Sauce, lowfat mayo, and spinach/arugula mix.  On side we shared some crispy oven baked fries.

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Currently, I am thinking about grabbing some hot tea as I watch “Bethenny Ever After.”  She cracks me up!  Have a good one!

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Walking and Barking

Have I mentioned how much I really, really loooove weekends? :)  They just seem to always go by super duper fast. :(  This weekend was no exception. 

Well, Friday evening was pretty lackadaisical since my day was spent on a field trip to the Aquarium of the Americas and IMAX 3D Theatre. 

The clip is not completely clear, but there are some massive turtles, sharks, and stingrays in the aquarium.

DSC00537DSC00541 DSC00561 DSC00568  Other than fish, you can see birds, penguins, otters, and white alligators.  The IMAX Deep in the Sea was also fascinating and my 9-11 year old students loved it.

Saturday started with a visit to the park with the dogs.  While Chris played with the dogs, I did my own cardio circuit.  It consisted of lots of jogging, jumping jacks, lunges, high knees running in place, planks, side planks, basic crunches, and girly push-ups.  I did two sets of the circuits and then jogged around the field for a bit.  It was about twenty-five to thirty minutes of exercising and the lunges left me in some serious pain in the rear.  Chris actually joined me on one set of lunges and he is still whining about the pain claiming he will never do lunges again. LOL!

Sunday was a fun filled day which began at church.  Shortly after, hub and I met some friends downtown for a Mardi Gras parade.  We went to the Krewe of Barkus.  It was our first time attending and it was like no other parade I’ve ever been to. 

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As you can see it is not an ordinary float parade with riders that I am accustomed to. It is animals on large floats, homemade floats, grocery baskets as floats with the pet owners walking along side pushing the floats.  It is animals dressed up as people, animals dressed up as animals, people dressed up as animals, and people dressed up as other people.  In the end, this parade in particular is for a good cause in support of helping animals in need of homes.

And here is a few other sites as we were walking through the quarter.

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Mardi Gras Decor on the historic buildings.

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While walking around downtown, you will see street performers standing on streets trying to make a buck.  Here is one of the mimes, but there are also magicians, artists, singers, tappers, and more.

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Crowded streets awaiting the Krewe of Barkus!

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We walked around for about 3 and a half hours downtown and then I headed over to my sister’s house to babysit until 10 o’clock last night.  Needless to say, I am a bit exhausted today.

Well, I did do a small amount of cooking this weekend, but for the most part I ate on the go from fast food type restaurants for dinner both Saturday and Sunday night which was not optimal, but hey I’m not perfect.

If you prefer to bake cakes using a boxed mix, I highly recommend doing what hungry-girl suggests.  I mixed one box of cake mix with one 6 oz. container of greek yogurt and a cup of water.  I then baked the mini-cupcakes according to what the box stated.  The cupcakes came out so moist and satisfied my sweet tooth cutting out much of the fat and calories and adding some protein from the greek yogurt.  I went with a lemon cake mix and used the peach chobani yogurt.  Hungry-girl states that her favorite is devil’s food cake mix with plain greek yogurt, but use what you have or prefer.  She does have some other 2 ingredient cake recipes which can be seen here.

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I sprinkled some powdered sugar on top and they were great—much like a lemon poundcake.  I would probably make a whole cake rather than the mini-cakes next time, but either way would work.

Have a good night!  Have you ever been to Mardi Gras here in New Orleans?

Have It Her Way

I had a hard time sleeping all last night, so this is going to be a quick post because I should be getting to bed since the holidays are over and work resumed today.  I had to leave extra early for work to pick up the presenter for our staff development today so breakfast was thrown together super fast.

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Peanut butter, banana, and cinnamon on whole wheat toast + Chai Tea

 

Throughout the day at work I did not snap pictures of my eats because I just didn’t want to since I was among all of my coworkers.  I stopped and got a Grande Skinny Vanilla Latte before work since I didn’t have time to have coffee at home.

For lunch a few coworkers and I went to Wendy’s for lunch.  I decided on the Grilled Chicken Sandwich, but requested a regular bun instead of the larger kaiser roll they usually put it on.  On side I ate a side salad with light ranch dressing without the croutons.

Now, you may be wondering, “Why switch the bun?”  Well, according to the Hungry Girl, Lisa, she requests swapping out the larger bun for the regular bun which saves nearly 100 calories (if you are counting).  Hungry Girl has other recommendations for surviving the fast food pitfalls.  I am not advocating eating fast food everyday; however, there are healthy options if you know what and how to order.  For Hungry Girl’s Survival Guides on a few fast food joints, click the links below.

After dropping the presenter off at the airport, I headed home to eat a peanut butter cookie and take a much needed nap.

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Once awaken by the dogs, I decided on making bean enchiladas for dinner.  I used canned low sodium black beans combined with cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper, water, one laughing cow light swiss wedge, and a small amount of shredded cheddar jack to make the filling.  The enchilada sauce was also made using a combination of ketchup, water, and several different spices heated on the stovetop.  (Chris liked the sauce, but I wasn’t fond of the sweetness the ketchup provided; canned tomato sauce would have been better.)  Using whole wheat tortillas, I stuffed four enchiladas with the bean mixture, some leftover brown rice from the fridge, and a small amount of cheese.  I then folded them up and topped them with the sauce and a little more cheese.

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They were then baked for 15 minutes until heated through.  I topped my enchilada with a dollop of greek yogurt and made some sautéed spinach for an added side of veggies.

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Do you have any nutrition tips you follow when dining out?