Tuesday Taste File

Happy Cinco de Mayo!!

We’ve decided that on Tuesday’s we will feature some of our favorite recipes and each week there will be a new theme. Appropriately, today’s theme is Mexican in honor of Cinco de Mayo!

Jicama Salad: The folks at Cooking Light rarely dissapoint and this is no exception. We’ve enjoyed this salad on numerous occasions and it’s not only creative but also filling and healthy! A ton of flavor is packed into each 70 calorie serving along with 4 grams of heart disease fighting fiber!

8 servings (serving size: 1 cup)

Ingredients

  • 4 oranges
  • 2 cups (1/2-inch) julienne-cut peeled jicama
  • 1 cucumber (about 1/2 pound), peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded, and thinly sliced
  • 2 cups cubed peeled cantaloupe
  • 1/2 cup vertically sliced red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot chili powder

Preparation

Peel and section oranges over a bowl; squeeze membranes to extract juice. Set sections aside; reserve 1/4 cup orange juice. Discard membranes.

Place the orange sections, jicama,and next 5 ingredients (jicama through mint) in a large bowl. Combine the reserved orange juice, fresh lime juice, salt, and chili powder. Pour juice mixture over jicama mixture, and toss gently. Cover and chill 2 hours.

Ellie Krieger’s/Recipe Girl’s Healthy Fish Tacos
(We’re making these tonight!!)

FISH:
2 Tbs olive oil
2 Tbs freshly squeezed lime juice
¼ tsp salt
freshly ground black pepper
1 lb white flaky fish fillet, like tilapia or halibut

CHIPOTLE CREAM:
½ cup plain greek yogurt
2 Tbs mayonnaise or sour cream
2 tsp chipotle chiles, in adobo sauce

TACOS:
Eight 6-inch corn tortillas
1½ cups shredded green cabbage or lettuce
½ cup corn kernels (thawed, if frozen)
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
lime wedges

1. In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, lime juice, salt and pepper. Pour over the fish fillets and let marinate for 20 minutes. Put the yogurt into a strainer lined with a paper towel and place over a bowl to drain and thicken for 20 minutes.

2. Remove the fish from the marinade and grill on a preheated grill or nonstick grill pan over a medium-high heat until cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Set the fish aside on a plate for 5 minutes.

3. In a small bowl, combine the thickened yogurt, mayonnaise (or sour cream) and chipotle chiles.

4. Heat tortillas on grill or grill pan for 30 seconds on each side.

5. Flake the fish with a fork. Top each tortilla with 1 Tbsp. of the chipotle cream. Top with fish, cabbage, corn and cilantro; serve with lime wedges.

Servings: 4

and finally…what Cinco de Mayo isn’t complete without something to sip on? This recipe comes from Hungry Girl and can be enjoyed with our without alchohol.
Tropical Mango-rita Slushie

PER SERVING (entire recipe): 134 calories, 0g fat, 38mg sodium, 9g carbs, 1g fiber, 7g sugars, 0g protein — POINTS® value 2*

AHHHHHH… this chilly mango treat is so good, you’ll fall face over flip-flops for it!
Ingredients:
1/2 cup Diet V8 Splash in Tropical Blend
1/4 cup frozen unsweetened mango chunks
1 shot (1 1/2 oz.) blanco or silver tequila (the clear kind)
1/4 tsp. Crystal Light Lemonade powdered drink mix (1/4th of an On The Go packet or 1/16th of a tub)
1 cup crushed ice OR 5 – 8 ice cubes

Directions:
Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

MAKES 1 SERVING

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Today’s official post will come later today with news of my next giveaway, a product review, and more news! Life is crazy over in our world as we’re trying to balance moving, full time work schedule, and a wedding!

Last night we had great luck at Lowe’s choosing our paint colors! Even Bo and I were amazed that we were able to agree on colors for the living room/entry way and bedroom in less than five minutes! Since this will only be our apartment for a year or two, we went with Valspar paint and did not go for one of their high end brands. Both fathers were able to recommend that we go with eggshell finish ahead of time so that took any guess work out of the decision. We chose a gorgeous warm yellow/tan for the bedroom (almond glaze) and a cool green (lush meadow) for the living room/entrance. Since we are using my Pottery Barn desk as a cornerpiece in our living room we wanted a wall color that would match the bright white desk. The warm yellow should match our bedroom set perfectly!

Even though I’ve moved four times in the last four years, I always forget what a pain the random errands outside of the actual moving and packing are. For example, I’ve spent 45 minutes this morning changing all of our address information on credit cards, registries, bank accounts, USPS, etc and i’m still not done! It’s amazing how Bo thinks of all the big things but forgets the smaller yet even more important things like gym memberships and change of addresses. Speaking of gym membership, if anyone wants a NYSC Passport membership (allows you to use any Sports Club including Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and NYC) please let me know!

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Moving weekend Part 1 and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!


Good morning!!

This weekend has been an exhausting whirlwind and it’s not even over! On Friday, Bo and I signed our lease for our new apartment on Long Island City! This is exciting for so many reasons but first and foremost because this is our first place together. Bo and I have been together for 5.5 years and one of the biggest hurdles has been balancing two apartments through college and the work world. Last night we both realized that we feel this will relieve us of the largest stress in our life! It’s wonderful to finally create a home together. Initially, I was very against living together before marriage but over the years i’ve realized that life is a balance and sometimes things are better in different ways than you ever imagined. It was actually my parents who changed my mind as they helped me realize how much money we’d save, that it would give us an opportunity to become even closer, and simplify our lives. Without further ado, I give you the pictures from Friday. Our apartment is on the 25th floor and we were so blessed to find it on Craigslist. We knew we wanted to live in this development but they did not have an apartment with a deck open until July. When we settled on the location I typed the address in Craigslist everyday until something matched! It required us to act very quickly (think getting $7000 together in 48 hours) but is definitely worth it! The apartment has a porch that is large enough for 2 chairs and a small table, South facing (Manhattan) floor to celing windows in the living room, amazing closet space, and a high end kitchen. I can’t wait to take pictures throughout our process so you all can watch the evolution of white walls and parquet (what is up with that in NYC!?) to warm tones that will be an inviting space for all our friends and family!

Oh, and the most exciting thing about our new apartment? We will be neighbors with Melissa!!!
Okay, I have to get back to packing boxes as I have a long list of things I need to accomplish before Bo gets home. Bo is running the largest 10 miler in the world today. I was supposed to run with him but a twist of fate made it only possible for him to run. We’ve been so busy that we kept procrastinating and forgot to register. We didn’t worry because this race is famous for not capping. Well this year they decided to cap at 26,000 so we lost our chance to run. Bo has been doing a great deal of speed training lately and was really excited about setting a new personal record so I was able to find one bib for him to use. My friend Bonnie had backed out earlier in the race. So, Bo will be running as Bonnie whose goal pace is an 11 minute mile. He was going to try and be a renegade runner and move corrals but we’ll see how that goes! If he is able to make his goal of keeping an 8 minute mile that will be so exciting!! It’s amazing how things work though because after last Sunday’s Central Park half marathon I wasn’t really too excited about the 10 miler, nor was my body. This works out perfectly as I’m getting two days of awesome workouts from packing and moving (STAIRS!) but can focus this week on Phsyique and speed work. We have the NYRR Mother’s Day 4 miler on Sunday and my goal is to improve my time from my last NYRR 4 miler which means averaging a 9:54 or less pace! I CAN DO IT!!!
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Here is a picture of us after last year’s Broad Street 10 miler! 🙂

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