Thursday, May 17, 2012

Popcorn Trail Mix

No posts for awhile.  I have really good excuses though.  1st - we have been eating (and therefore cooking) but nothing has been quite up to snuff.  The falafel was missing something, the red pesto pasta wasn't quite delectable enough, and the eggplant dish will never be made again (and is making me rethink eggplant in general).  2nd - after a temperature of 103 and a trip to the doctor, we were told Baby had hand, foot, and mouth virus and an ear infection.  A week later when Geoff and I both got antibiotics for strep, we now wonder if Baby actually had strep rather than hand, foot, and mouth.  In any case, he has been eating amoxysauce (apple sauce mixed with amoxicillin).  Good thing none of us are allergic to penicillin.  3rd - I forgot to take pictures of cookies that were so marvelous they knocked my socks off.  So next time I'll take pictures and post the recipe.  Until then, I hope you're comfortable in your socks.

So, this post is perhaps a sad excuse for a post.  But I've decided I need to put together healthy snacks for myself and this was this weeks mixture:

Air popped popcorn, lightly salted if you want, almonds, chopped dried apricot, craisins, and sunflower seeds.  Snack away with no guilt.

And finally, Little Boy is starting to sit and he really, really wants to crawl.  It's coming.  Once he figures out what to do now that he's up on all fours.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa

You may have noticed a shocking lack of fish on my blog.  That's because 1) fish is expensive and 2) (more importantly) fish makes me nervous.  I feel like fish is either good or bad and there is no in between.  Well, Geoff is helping me get over my fear of cooking with fish by encouraging me to plan more fish meals (in his words "it's supposed to be healthy, or something").

As a good starter fish, tilapia was on sale and so tilapia we bought.

1 C avocado, diced
2/3 C mango, diced
1/3 C red onion or green onions, diced
2 Tbsp cilantro, chopped
1 Tbsp lime juice
1/4 tsp ground red pepper

Combine all ingredients.  Sprinkle lightly with salt.

2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb tilapia

Combine spices and garlic.  Rub over fish.  Heat a little olive oil in a skillet and add fish to pan.  Cook 2 minutes on each side or until done.  Remove from heat, keep warm.

Fill tortillas with fish and salsa.  Eat and feel proud of yourself for successfully cooking fish (it wasn't that scary, now, was it).

Recipe from Cooking Light May 2012

Baby Pears

And little boy is eating pears.  And you guessed it:  Boil diced pears in a tiny bit of water (they will create there own water so you don't need to add much, just enough to keep your pan from getting burned pears stuck to it).  Puree pears and water.  Add water if necessary (though I doubt you will need to) and freeze in ice cube trays.