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Fish Tacos

Don’t you just love colorful food? I need more of it in my life. I feel like this week is going so much better. Mentally anyway. Still no news on the job front, but I feel so much lighter about the whole thing. I’m actually cooking this week! Brent and I were walking around Whole Foods (because that’s how I get my kicks) and rockfish was on sale. Brent picked it up and said “It says here that it’s excellent for healthy fish tacos.” I said alright, put it in the cart and went to get some fixings.


I used this recipe for the fish marinade and the marinated onions and then just added some shredded cabbage, mashed avocado and sour cream. So excellent. This was one of those meals that made me think, “I should be eating more meals like this.” Fresh. Colorful. Delicious.

In other amazingly awesome news, my best friend Tessa is coming to visit! She’s getting here one week from today. I am beyond excited.I can’t wait to show her some snippets of our new city! Plus she’s moving soon herself (to Boston), so this will be a good time to spend time together before she gets crazy busy.

And then after she leaves Brent and I are headed to San Francisco for a few days to celebrate our anniversary. We’ll have been married five years on March 3rd. We just booked our trip, btu I’m not sure what our priorities should be as far as sights to see, food to eat, places. Guess I have some research to do. Chime in if you have any ideas!

Now I’m drinking wine, eating a handful of butterscotch chips, and watching the Biggest Loser. 🙂

Fish Sandwich with Sriracha Mayonnaise, Pickled Onions & Herb Salad

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I’m obsessed with Top Chef and I’ve been a loyal follower since the first season. Even after we canceled cable, I started buying the season passes on iTunes so that I could keep up. I think this is the first time Brent and I have ever made anything from the show. A few weeks ago, they had a challenge where they had to make a sandwich, and Angelo (who Brent loves and I hate) and Tracey made this Fish Sandwich and Brent became obsessed. He’s very into pickling things lately and he’s always loved Sriracha, so it was a perfect fit for him.

He made his own pickled red onions, using the recipe in the link above but replacing the cucumbers with red onions, rather than using the recipe from Top Chef. We actually made this sandwich last week, and I made some ciabatta using the master recipe from Artisan Bread in Five Minutes. We had some mahi mahi leftover today and wanted to make the sandwich again, but I was out of dough, so we just served in on some whole wheat hamburger buns. Both versions were delicious. I highly recommend making the sandwich. Also, Brent claims that dill is a very underused herb and I would have to agree with him on that. I love it.

Alongside, I made some roasted cauliflower to complete tonight’s dinner. Please ignore the craptastic photo quality. I’m using my iPhone’s camera because I need to buy a new one and being a nursing student pays me nothing. That’s all for now. I’ve got to get back to enjoying Sunday night. 🙂

Belated Valentine’s Day Post

Hey all. My posting has been so sporadic, sometimes I wonder why I bother, but the blog is (if nothing else) a fun reference for me when I’m meal-planning. On to tonight’s post. If you read last year’s Valentine’s Day dinner, you may remember that Brent always cooks me dinner. This year was no exception.

While he was preparing dinner, Brent presented me with a cocktail ( also tradition), which was Stoli strawberry vodka, lime juice, and some sort of punch. Delicious and pretty. 🙂

Our appetizer was a mixed baby greens salad, topped with balsamic caramelized onions. He just sautéed this until caramelized and added splash of vinegar to deglaze the pan. At least I think that’s what he did. I was on the couch 😉 These onions elevate any salad to spectacular.

For our main course, Brent went with Sole Meuniere and fingerling potatoes. I love these potatoes! Unfortunately, the sauce for the fish was just a bit too sour. I guess I don’t love lemon as much as I thought I did, but it was nice to try something different.

In addition to schoolwork, I’ve been obsessed with the Olympics. Brent thinks my focus on the Olympics is borderline insane. I think he’s just sick of ice dancing. Oh, also I got my cholesterol test done, and it’s super high. 😦 Can’t outrun genetics I guess. I have a follow-up doctor’s appointment in two weeks, and I’ll get a better understanding then, but you may be seeing some dietary changes in the Monroe house.

I have more to post, so hopefully I’ll be back before next week!

Fish Tacos

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We finally had our fish tacos last night. They were super simple and surprisingly flavorful. I used Ellie Krieger’s recipe, and just added some red onion to the cabbage mix. The chipotle cream was very good, and the fish was super simple, and I had all the ingredients in the house.

hpim3104These were quick, easy and inexpensive, so I’m sure we’ll be having them again. We found very good use for the leftovers too. We just mixed the chipotle cream with the cabbage, onion, corn and cilantro and it made a really delicious coleslaw!

I’m making up some pizza for tonight’s dinner and basketball festivities. I hope everyone has a great start to the weekend!

Cod with Fennel and Potatoes

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Tonight’s dinner was from Everyday Food: Great Fast Food, which I picked up last week at the library. As far as cookbooks, I tend to rely on Veganomicon and the Moosewood cookbooks, but because I’ve been getting kind of bored, I thought checking out some different sources of inspiration might be nice. This one dish fish meal sounded like a good one.

hpim3073I’m kind of on the fence about this one. On one hand, Brent and I both like fennel, so I’m always looking for recipes that use it, but this one isn’t going to “Wow” anyone. It’s totally serviceable, and the lack of dishes dirtied while making it definitely upped its stock, but the flavor didn’t make me jump out of my seat or anything, which is kind of what I was hoping for.

I guess I would make it again, just because it takes very little prep or active work, but don’t make it for your in-laws, or aspiring food critiques or anything.

Back to basketball! I have Villanova going to the fourth round, so they better pick it up!