The easiest things to make and fast too…
First the fish – a firm white fish is best. I prefer Alaskan halibut, but cod or tilapia also work. (Note: you could also use shrimp if they are your thing.) Rinse it and coat it with a mixture of chili powder and paprika…season to whatever spicy level you enjoy. Then grill it or cook in a non-stick pan until done. If grilling, it is probably best to brush the grill with some olive oil to prevent sticking. Once cooked through, break up into pieces.
Toppings – chop up some cabbage. Use some shredded carrots. I love fresh cilantro. Maybe some black beans and/or corn. Try some julienned jicima!
Tasty sour cream – mix sour cream (fat-free works fabulously for this if you’re watching that sort of thing), a bunch of fresh cilantro chopped up and the big stems removed, fresh lime juice to taste, salt to taste, fresh minced garlic (yeah, you got it…to taste)…just stir it all together in a bowl. This is best made ahead of time so that it can sit in the fridge to let the flavors meld. However, it is tasty immediately after making, too. (This sour cream mix is also an excellent dip or topping for nachos, veggies, to put on chicken, etc.)
The taco container – I prefer small flour tortillas. It takes some serious hunting to find some that are basic ingredients without a bunch of fillers or tons of fat in them, they can be found. I forget the brand name, but our local Costco carries good ones. You just have to read the labels. Or, if you are really adventurous, you could make your own…I have not been that adventurous…yet. You could also use any other sort of wrap or soft tortillas. Or, if you prefer, crunchy tacos or a taco salad serving style work too…your imagination is the limit.
So there you have it. The fish, when I cook it in a pan, takes all of 10 minutes to cook (depending on thickness…you can even break it up as it cooks to cook faster). Other than that, however long it takes to chop up some toppings and dinner is served. Next time I plan to play with the flavors a bit and try marinating the fish in a honey lime juice mix before cooking.
The great thing about tacos is that anything goes…play with the flavors and fillings and make them your own! Just watch out – if you are being calorie or fat conscious, it is easy to go from extremely healthy and/or low-fat to over the top with calories and fat depending on type of meat and whether you use cheese, oil to cook the fillings, etc.