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Friday, May 5, 2017

happy food: avocado lime baja tacos

In the winter, I crave comfort food like mac & cheese and mashed potatoes but when the days turn sunny and warm, I can't get enough of beach-style food like salads, watermelon, chips & guacamole and tacos. On lovely summer days, I could have Baja Fish Tacos every day and be as happy as a toddler in a wading pool with a popsicle.

Other than the fact that these tacos are adaptable for most food preferences (switch out pulled pork or chicken for the fish or omit the corn tortilla altogether), the preparation is quick, especially if you pick up some prepared items at the market. With some simple prep and 20 minutes, you'll feel like you just stopped by your favorite taco truck by the beach. (This Avocado Lime Crema is also delicious as a salad dressing or a dip for fresh vegetables.)

For a perfect summer experience, prepare these, wrap them in aluminum foil and enjoy these outside with a margarita.

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Avocado Lime Baja Tacos
Easy summer tacos that rival that beachside taco truck
  • 4 pieces cooked fish (I used Trader Joe's breaded cod filets.)
  • 1 cup finely shredded white cabbage
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped pineapple
  • 4 corn tortillas
  • (to taste) Cotija or shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 2 medium peeled and pitted ripe avocados
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • Juice of two limes
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • (to taste) sea salt
Add all Avocado Lime Crema ingredients (avocados, cilantro, lime juice, sour cream, Greek yogurt, garlic powder, water and salt) to blender and mix on medium for 45 seconds or until blended. Set aside.If you have a grill or gas stove, place each corn tortilla directly on grill or burner for ten seconds on each side to char. Otherwise. wrap tortillas in a damp paper towel and microwave for 20 seconds to soften tortillas. Assemble each taco with a layer of shredded cabbage atop the tortilla followed by the fish, crema, pineapple and cheeseEnjoy!Notes: These can also be made with shredded pork, chicken or simply vegetables.

Most markets have cabbage and pineapple already shredded and cubed.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: Dinner for two
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