Hola, it’s that festive time of the year again! A time to celebrate history, culture and as always, food. This time it is Mexico, and we are celebrating “Cinco De Mayo” (5th of May).
Every culture has some form of history that always has food linked to that date. As with all holidays or gatherings, most are centered around food. That food usually represents a special meaning to that particular event and is passed on from generation to generation as a tradition for centuries. It’s a way to remember cultures, ancestries and the roots of where people came from and what experiences they went through(usually suffered through).
No matter what your background, most of us are very inquisitive. We as humans always want to know our history, our ancestors and what they did, how they lived, what they ate, basically, we are looking for a connection; and food provides that connection.
Cinco De Mayo is a Mexican Holiday celebrating the Battle of Puebla…not the day of tacos or margaritas! This took place on May 5, 1862. France wanted to collect on some war debts, and since their army was much larger than Mexico’s, they sent a army to Mexico. But once they arrived in Pueblo, something happened, and Mexico won. That is all for your history lesson today.
Now I know most people that love Mexican food love all of that deep fried, cheese melting, re-fried bean meal, but I wanted to offer you a healthier but still very delicious and satisfying recipe. It’s very low in calories and fat, but high in vitamins and nutrients your body will thank you. The fresh flavors all compliment each other without overpowering each other.
Do not feel you can only make this on May 5th, this is so easy and wonderful, you can make this anytime you like. And if you have children, you can get them involved with the preparation, a great way to get them to start to eat healthy too. Usually if children prepare the meal, they will eat it.
Since I do not like tilapia fish I chose cod, which is a firm and mild fish, but you can use either. Cheers, as always, enjoy!
Healthy Fish Tacos
Ingredients; Serves :
- 1 pound fillet fish either cod or tilapia
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 fresh lime juiced, plus the zest from the lime
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon red cayenne pepper
- pinch of red pepper flakes
- salt, to season
- 8 small corn tortillas
- 1 ripe mango, diced
- 1 avocado, diced
- 1/8 cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnishing
- 1/4 red onion, sliced thin
- extra limes cut into quarters for each serving
Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Season the fish with salt. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, lime zest, honey, garlic, chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes.. Place fish in large ziploc bag. Pour the mixture into the bag. Close bag and carefully massage seasonings into fish. Let marinade for 20 minutes.
While the fish is marinating, prepare your other ingredients.
Remove fish from marinade and place onto hot grill. Discard the marinade. Grill fish for 3-5 minutes each side, it will vary depending on the temperature of your grill. Typically the second side will take less time.
While the fish is cooking, grill tortillas for 10-20 seconds each side. Divide fish equally into tortillas, add mango,avocado, fresh cilantro, and sliced red onion.Garnish with extra cilantro, if desired. Squeeze some fresh lime on top.
Makes 8 tacos total; 2 tacos each.