Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Tilapia Tacos with Cabbage Salad

Cilantro and Lemon Tilapia Tacos with Cabbage Salad

* 3-4 (6 to 8-ounce) tilapia fillets
* 1/4 medium diced onion
* 1 cup diced cilantro leaves
* Salt and freshly cracked black pepper
* 2 tablespoons minced garlic
* 1 lemon, finely grated zest and juice (I prefer Meyer Lemon)
* 2 tablespoons butter

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare a Baking pan (with foil lining) Rinse fish and pat dry; place on the prepared baking sheet. Season each fillet with salt, cracked pepper, chopped cilantro, diced onions, garlic, lemon zest and lemon juice. Mid way through baking Place a pat of butter on each fillet and cook in the oven for 20 minutes or until done.

Cabbage Salad

* 1/4 to 1/2 Cabbage Head thinly sliced.
* 1 Tablespoon Mayonnaise
* 2-3 Tablespoons of Milk
* Cayenne, salt, lemon pepper or pepper to taste.
* 10-12 Cherry tomatoes, quartered
* 1/2 lemon, juiced

Mix mayonnaise with milk and spices, combine all ingredients and chill.

For Tacos, take you best torillas and throw them over the fire to heat them up. Place fish with sauteed onions and cilantro with the cabbage slaw on top. The blend between the hot and the cold is tasty.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Chicken Noodle Soup

I think I'm turning this into a soup blog. No, I really need to switch it up a bit. :) I'm not sure how I started making Chicken Noodle soup, which recipe I started with and how it tasted. I know what I like now and make up my own recipes as I go along.

I made some the other night and it went a little something like this:

* 1 medium onion, diced
* 2 stalks celery, diced
* 2 sprigs flat-leaf parsley
* 2 tablespoons of minced garlic
* 2 bay leaves
* 1/2 tablespoon of dried rosemary
* 1/2 tablespoon of dried oregano
* 2 pats of butter
* 4 cups chicken broth, homemade or low-sodium canned
* 3 cup water
* Kosher salt, cayenne and freshly ground black pepper (all optional)
* 1/2 box of noodles, your choice. I chose rotini and shells.
* 2 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken ( 4 Breast tenders or 2 breasts) seasoned.
* 1 large regular or Meyer lemon

Let's get started....

Put the onion, celery, garlic, parsley and sautee in butter, cooking vegetables slightly. Add bay leaves and dried herbs to season them. Once those have a head start, add the chicken broth, and water in a medium to large pot. Season with salt, cayenne (if you choose) and pepper, to taste, and bring to a simmer over medium high heat. Simmer until the vegetables are almost tender, about 5-10 minutes.

Add the noodles and cook until tender, 5 to 8 minutes (depending upon the size of the noodles).

Meanwhile I usually season the chicken breasts with lemon pepper and cayenne and fry those whole. Once they are cooked yet tender - I shred the chicken into bit size pieces. Making sure they pull all the seasoning in and are cooked.

Add the chicken and turn off the heat. Let the broth, chicken and noodles combine together. I add in the juice and pulp of one large lemon. I prefer Meyer Lemons, sweet and tangy.

This was one of my favorite soups. Usually I share a couple bottles with family and friends, but I ate this one myself.